MASS INTENTIONS

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 The Keller Family

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

Monday, May 2, St Athanasius

7:00 Josephine Saldner requested by Tom & Carol Gillin

7:00 Mary States requested by Alice Ascher

9:00 Glenn Seaman requested by Elizabeth & Glenn Seaman

9:00 Lou Cairo requested by Flo Kettermann

Tuesday, May 3, SS Philip and James

7:00 Arthur Kent requested by Tom & Carol Gillin

9:00 Kathlene Brooks requested by Frances Magrone

Wednesday, May 4

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Augusto Lucas requested by Loving Family

9:00 Irene Freitas requested by Loving Daughter

Vigil Mass Ascension of the Lord

7:30 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

Thursday, May 5, Ascension of the Lord

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Olga Fawcett requested by Thomas Fawcett

9:00 Frank Lucivero requested by Loving Sisters & Niece

12:10 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

5:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

7:30 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

Friday, May 6, First Friday

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Robert Henry Meliere requested by Loving Wife

Saturday, May 7

8:00 Theresa DeFilippo & Antonio Guidice requested by

Marie DeFilippo

8:00 Bridget Logan requested by Mike & Geri Devenney

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Peggy Byrne requested by Debbie Lang

5:00 Jean Tracy requested by Jim & Cathy Foy

5:00 CYO Members - Past & Present

Sunday, May 8, Seventh Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day

7:00 Cornelius J Dunleavy requested by Loving Wife Anne

7:00 For the People of the Parish

9:00 Court of St Joseph CDA 975

9:00 Marie Olivari requested by Franklin & Joan Duarte

9:00 Eileen Munch requested by Mr & Mrs Bitonti

10:30 Mothers Day Novena

10:30 Anna Supakoff requested by Carmita Paredes

10:30 Audrey Peace requested by Tracy & Patrick Brennen

12:00 Josephine Laurence requested by Her Loving Family

12:00 Irene Tedesco requested by John & Victoria Ryder

12:00 For Our Beloved Dead

5:00 Charlotte Berwind requested by Jeanne Garcia

5:00 Tracey Hushin requested by Frank Mangiacapre

5:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

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

William J Tobin, Brian C Zorn, Paul Adams, Vincent

Edwards,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 Jennifer Giuliante Catherine Gracey

William Guthrie III Raymond Harold Mary Hayes

Mary Hickey Gail Karcher Jack Kelleher

Georgiana Lopez Anthony Maiorano Rita Maiorano

Tony Maiorano Juliana McLarney 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

This Week End Mass Next Week End

Fr Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr Thomas

Fr Maffeo 7:00 am Fr Thomas

Fr Thomas 9:00 am Fr Butler

Fr Butler 10:30 am Fr Boyle

Fr Boyle 12:00 pm Fr Maffeo

Fr Butler 5:00 pm Fr Boyle

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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

The Apostles laid their hands on the people of Samaria,

and the Holy Spirit came to them - an act we recognize in

the sacrament of confirmation. In the second reading,

Peter says be ready to explain your faith and share your

hope with others. In the Gospel, Jesus promises us the

Holy Spirit and asks that we keep His commandments as

a sign of our love.

forgotten and we will

reschedule this evening of Prayer and

Work-shopping in the near future, thank you. Also,

we are in need for more members of the Parish to

take on the role of Ushers at all of our weekend

Masses-especially at the 12 NOON Mass.

A very special thank you to the members of Boy

Scout Troop #272 who donated $160 to the

victims of the December 26th Indian Ocean

Tsunami. They presented this donation to our own

Fr. Thomas who will forward the money to his home

diocese in India that was badly hit by the killer wave.

Please continue to keep those hit by this terrible

event in your prayers and if possible follow the

example of our Parish Scout Troop and offer some

financial help as well.

Next Saturday Night at the 5 PM Mass we will

remember the members of our Parish’s Wonderful

CYO Program. All players and coaches and

coordinators should attend this Mass in their

uniforms. Next Sunday, May 8th Mother’s Day, at

the

12 NOON Mass we will have our annual May

Crowning of the Blessed Mother in the Church. Our

First Communicants will participate in this prayerful

moment as we honor our dear Blessed Mother, the

Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and the

Mother of us all-Pray for us most Holy Mother of

God!

As always thank you for all you do for our beautiful

parish. And remember there is still time to make a

much needed donation to The Catholic Ministries

We continue this week with the 1st Letter of Saint

Peter, who tells us how to live out our Christian/

Baptismal Vocation we wrote about last week. The

way we can show our sharing in the Priestly, Kingly,

and Prophetic Mission of Christ is to: “Sanctify

Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to

give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a

reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and

reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that

when you are maligned those who defame your

good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to

shame.” Sanctify yourself to Christ so that he may be

the center and focus of your life. This is nothing new,

you have heard all this before, but it is something we

must remind ourselves of every day.

OK, how? We see the how in our other two

readings for today’s Mass. As we see in the Acts of

the Apostles, Peter and John go to Samaria –at the

news of the great conversion so that they can complete

their initiation and receive the Holy Spirit. In the

Gospel, our Lord tells us Himself that He will not

leave us

orphans, because we know that He and the Father will

send the Holy Spirit upon the whole Church. So again

we can hear Jesus’ commandments and observe them

so we can love Jesus and truly live out our Baptism.

For the next two weeks we will see in our readings the

working and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives,

right up to Pentecost Sunday the last day of the

Easter Season.

This Thursday, May 5th is the Solemnity of the

Ascension of The Lord into Heaven. This is a holy

day of obligation and there is really no better way to

observe this great moment in our Salvation History

than to celebrate the Eucharist. The Mass Schedule

for this Holy Day is: Wednesday May 4th Vigil Mass

at 7:30 PM and Thursday May 5th The Solemnity

of the Ascension 7 AM, 9 AM, 12:10 PM, 5 PM and

7:30 PM.

Lectors, please remember the Special Evening of

Prayer and Work shopping on Tuesday May 3rd at

8:15 PM in the Church. All Lectors are asked to

attend. However, because of the time we will have a

special meeting for all Jr. lectors –most likely on a

Saturday-the date to be announced. Originally we

were going to combine the Lectors and the Ushers at

the same meeting, but due to the First Communion

Practice that evening we can only focus on the

ministry of Lector. But my dear Ushers you are not

Sunday, May 1, 2005 Page 3

FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE

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

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

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says those who obey the

commandments are the ones who really love Him. Does my

stewardship reveal my love for Jesus?

Registered Families 5537

Weekly Env Sent 1560

Monthly Env Sent 690

Total Families receiving Env 2250

Weekly Offering

639 Envelopes $ 12,468

Loose collection 2,470

Total Last Sunday $14,938

Weekly Operating Expenses 21,250

Weekly Excess/Debt (6,312)

Same Sunday last year 14,930

Poor Box last weekend $245

Fuel collection to date & 12,211

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

Parish Outreach

We would like to thank everyone for donating all the

wonderful toiletries when we needed them so desperately.

As always, your generosity was overwhelming. Thank

you.

PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help

you. Please call 981-6888.

School News

Please join St Joseph School students on May 2nd at 1PM

for the Recitation of the Rosary. The students will gather

in the schoolyard. Join us if you can.

The St Joseph’s School Fashion Show Committee and

Home School Association would like to thank the

parishioners of St Joseph for their generous support at our

11th annual Fashion Show. We hope you all had a

wonderful time and wish to see all of you back again next

year!

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

Registration Our new registration procedure is going

very well, classes are filling up quickly. Please return

your forms to the office as soon as possible. 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 & Sacrament Readiness I 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 have been

turned in by now, unless special arrangements have been

made with the Religious Ed Office.

Reminder for Level 2 Communion rehearsal on Tues.

May 3rd at 6:45 pm for the May 7th 12:30 Mass.

Sacrament for Teens Program Reminder Confirmation

Rehearsal for Candidates and Sponsors May 12th at 7:00

p.m. in Church.

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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

“Done right, this can really improve the public

good.” So says Kristine Gebbie of Columbia

University, referring to the collecting and

storing of umbilical cord blood for stem cells. It

seems that blood saved from newborns’

umbilical cords could help treat about 11,700

Americans a year with leukemia and other devastating

diseases, yet most is routinely thrown away. Cord blood is

rich in stem cells, the building blocks that produce blood –

the same stem cells that make up the bone-marrow

transplants that help many people survive certain cancers

and other diseases. When frozen after a baby’s birth, stem

cells can be thawed and transplanted at a moment’s notice,

much easier than traditional bone-marrow donation.

Now the government is preparing to open a national cord

blood bank in hopes of finding a match for every patient

who needs a stem-cell transplant. Private cord blood

banking- in which pregnant women arrange to store their

child’s cord blood, for a hefty fee, in case a family member

ever needs it – is a booming industry. Women can also

donate a baby’s cord blood so that anyone can use it. Public

donation is hard for women to learn about: It’s seldom

advertised and is offered only at hospitals affiliated with 22

public cord blood banks around the country. These

donations shouldn’t be hard to get, as four million U.S.

babies are born every year. Key will be ensuring donations’

racial and ethnic diversity to improve chances for minority

patients who need cord blood-derived stem cells to find a

genetically suitable match. Congress has approved $20

million over two years to establish a national cord blood

banking system. The Bush administration is studying the

institute’s report in determining its next step. We will be

watching for more good news of this nature. AP Report,

Newsday, 4/18/05

One week from today, May 8th, will be Mother’s

Day, and also the day you will find the BASSINET

in the foyer of the Church, waiting to be filled with

your gifts of new clothing for infants and toddlers.

Especially needed are the basics, from onesies to

Pampers to all beautiful hand-made items so

lovingly donated in the past. The bassinet will be

there for your convenience at all Masses.

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Mark Your Calendars

May 3 Ushers & Lectors Evening of Prayer &

Workshop 8PM

May 5 Ascension of Our Lord

Masses 7 & 9AM, 12:10, 5 & 7:30PM

May 7 CYO Remembrance Mass 5PM

May 7 & 8 Baby Clothing Collection after all Masses

May 8 Crowning of Mary before

12:00 Mass

CYO

The CYO athletes and their

families are invited celebrate

Mass together on Saturday,

May 7th at 5:00. Athletes are

requested to wear their CYO

jersey and sit with their

families. Please submit the

names of those whom you

want

remembered, living and deceased, to either the

rectory or bring the names with you to Mass.

Refreshments to follow. ***Please call the rectory

with the number of guests that will be attending.

CATHOLIC DAUGHTER NEWS

All members of Court St. Joseph are reminded of the May

3rd meeting, which will be in Father Carew Hall and will

begin a little later than usual, at 7:30 p.m., actually. The

plans for our semi-annual Chinese Auction taking place

on May 6th will be finalized. Please plan to attend.

C. West, Regent 585-1719

Families Conference

The Family Apostolate, Franciscan

Friars of the Renewal, and the Sisters of

Life invite you to enjoy an uplifting day

for the entire family - filled with fun

activities for the children, drama and

music for the teens and inspiring

speakers for the adults. Families will

pray together and learn together as they

are drawn closer through the sacraments of Reconciliation

and the Mass. It is being held at Kellenberg Memorial

High School in Uniondale on June 11th from 9AM to

9PM (evening concert for all). The cost is $35 per family,

$20 per single. Meals can be brought or purchased on site.

Contact Felicia at 516-705-8111 for a program.

Register on line at www.familyland.org or e-mail

Welcome to the Newest Member of Our Parish Family

Jeffrey Joseph Hartmann

Cian Manuel Llerena

Kaitlyn Idalia McDermott

Ryan Christopher Reed

Mikela Dora Thomas

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2005

Since 1930 more than 1,500 men

have been ordained to the

priesthood for the Dioceses of

Rockville Centre and Brooklyn

and for the Congregation of the

Mission (Vincentians) after

completing their studies at the

Seminary of the Immaculate

Conception in Huntington. Two

young men presently in their

second year of studies at the

Seminary for our diocese are Lee

Descoteaux and Alan Sikorski.

Lee Descoteaux grew up in

Bidderford, Maine. He

completed his undergraduate

work at Lyndon State College in

Vermont, majoring in

broadcasting. After graduation,

he moved to Garden City and

entered a Master’s Program at

Adelphi University. He was very

happy, but felt that God wanted

him to do something more with

his life. One feeling that kept

surfacing was the possibility that

he might want to enter the

priesthood. He saw qualities in

Father Brian McNamara (pastor

of SS. Philip and James Church

in St. James) that stirred

awareness in him that he might

have a vocation of his own.

Although early in life he had not

envisioned himself as a priest,

Lee now knows this is what God

wants for him. Lee states that the

seminary is challenging, but in a

good way. Following God’s plan

is never easy, but it is

worthwhile and he is very happy

to be a seminarian for our

diocese.

Alan Sikorski attended grade

school in Brentwood and then

graduated from Valley Stream

Central High School. After

earning a bachelor’s degree in

mathematics, Alan worked for an

acquisitions firm in New York

City. The example of Father

John Tutone (pastor of Sacred

Heart Church in Island Park) had

a positive influence on Alan. He

became actively involved with

the Franciscan Friars of the

Renewal in the South Bronx

where he volunteered with

younger children and the elderly.

It was during this time that Alan

realized that God was calling

him to serve. Alan says the

journey in the seminary is

different for everyone and

remarked that each seminarian is

a unique person, trying to

become more Christ-like. Alan

reminds us that the Pope says,

“Do not be afraid.” Both

seminarians feel the same way –

if you have a subtle feeling that

you may have a vocation, take

the time to pray about it and

explore it; just pay attention to it.

Do not be afraid!

We have been blessed as a parish

to have Lee Descoteaux with us

for his pastoral year. It should

fill us with a sense of pride that

we in a small way, through our

donations, have helped Lee to

answer his calling. Please

continue to support the important

work of the seminary through the

Catholic Ministries Appeal

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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Pope Benedict XVI

Father of providence,

look with love on Pope

Benedict XVI, our

Pope, your appointed

successor to St. Peter

on whom you built

your Church.

May he be the visible

center and foundation

of our unity in faith

and love.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

one God, for ever and ever.

The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, issued the

following statement upon the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the new Holy Father:

We join all Catholics throughout the world in rejoicing at the election of Joseph Cardinal

Ratzinger as our new Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. He is an extremely holy and humble

man. The Pope is a compassionate listener, a great teacher, a priest and bishop who knows

how to lead the Church. He has the heart of a good shepherd and a faithful pastor. He is one of

the great Catholic theologians of the 20th and 21st centuries. This is a wonderful choice for

the Church and ensures the same faithfulness to the Gospel that characterized the great

pontificate of John Paul II.

We, clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Rockville Centre pledge to our new Holy

Father our fidelity, loyalty and obedience along with our prayerful support as he assumes the

tremendous and awesome responsibilities as the Vicar of Christ on earth.

St Joseph’s CYO Baseball

Angels

Nine Year Old Travel Team

First Tryouts Being Held

Sunday, May 1 at 4 PM

Slocum Elementary School

Sycamore Avenue, Ronkonkoma

The summer season is scheduled to begin early June.

For more information contact:

Vinney Acerenza

Daytime :516-935-4982

Evening: 631-467-3651

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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 - Accounts Receivable Clerk, 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.

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.

Spiritual Spa Day at Our Lady of Grace Center, Manhasset on Wednesday, May 11 from 9AM - 3PM. For more

information or to register, call 516-627-9255.

Marriage Enrichment Day on Saturday, May 21 at St Patrick’s Church in Smithtown. Come to nurture and

“cultivate” your marriage. The day begins at 9AM and will end at 5PM in the Emmaus Room. The cost is $50 per

couple which includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments. For information please call the Nadler’s at 631-979-6481.

Calling All OLMA Graduates! Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset, is planning Fall 2005 Reunions for the following

classes: 1955,1965,1975,1980,1985,1990 and 1995. For more information call 516-921-1047 ext 38.

Family, Marriage and Individual Therapy is available at The Catholic Counseling Center. Professional therapy, provided

by New York State licensed or certified therapists, is available to our parish. Most insurance policies are honored.

Confidential information and appointments are available by calling Dr.Giuliani at 631-243-2503.

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.

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.

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS

From its inception in 1903, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas has grown and developed into the largest

organization of Catholic women in the Americas. The purposes of the organization are to participate in the religious,

charitable, and educational needs of the Church. Catholic lay and religious women, 18 years or older and in good standing

with the Church are eligible and invited to join.

C. D.A. Court St. Joseph No. 975 was established in August 1925. We belong to St. Joseph’s Parish. We will soon

We will soon be celebrating our 80th Anniversary, a most rewarding and auspicious accomplishment. We thank the many

ladies that preceded us for the years of charitable deeds and accomplishments they have shared with our parish family

and our local communities.

We meet once a month, keep our membership informed with our newsletters and participate in various charitable

and social functions with our sister courts throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties. We sponsor two fundraisers annually

(Chinese Auctions) which support our gifts to the parish, our clerical expenses, our charitable deeds, plus a scholarship

to a child of our parish school. Providing Catholic scholarships has been our primary focus in the parish since our

inception. We strive to assist the parish, to be utilized, and made visible. If any organization is to exist, it must be seen

and people must be aware of its goals. We strongly support the North American College, our seminarians, our aging religious,

Morality in Media, Right-to Life, and Catholic womanhood.

We strive to be spirit-filled women who love Christ, His Church and our Country. It is a special blessing to be a

Catholic Daughter. We invite you to join us and to share this blessing with others. Our next regular meeting will be

held on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:45 PM in Father Carew Hall.

On Saturday, June 18, 2005, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Joseph will be celebrating their 80th

Anniversary. Our celebration will be held at The Beach Club Estates located at 161 Rose Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma

beginning with an outdoor Mass of Celebration on the waterfront terrace at 2 P.M. We cordially invite men,

women and families to join us in this beautiful ceremony and luncheon to follow . Luncheon $35. For information or

reservations call Catherine West at 631-585-1719, Theresa Ryan at 631-585-5574 or Janet Lamm at 631-588-4437.

We of the Catholic Daughters thank you the Parish of St. Joseph for your support of our organization.

Sincerely,

Catherine West, Regent

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

631-585-1719

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Fatima Day - Friday, May 13

at the

Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Eastport

11 AM Stations 12 noon Mass

1PM Lunch 2 PM Rosary

3 PM Rosary

An Action Plan for People of Faith

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish Hall

1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch

Co– Sponsored by the Public Policy Education Network,

Catholic Charities, the Ministry to Catholics of African Ancestry,

Diocese of Rockville Centre, the Long Island Council of Churches and

the Blessed Community Anti Segregation Committee

The Time Come for People of Faith To Act Against Long Island Segregation

Topics of discussion will include :

How does segregation hurt families and children?

What specific actions can people of faith take to undo segregation?

To register please email Robinson.Mary@catholiccharities.cc

fax 516-733-7098

call 516-733-7078

Include your name, name of your parish and telephone number.

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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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