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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help
you. Please call 981-6888.
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
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)
“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,
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 &
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
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pledge: $ _________ Initial Payment: $ ________ Balance: $ _______
Thank you for your support. Please make checks payable to: Catholic Ministries Appeal
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
A Special Invitation to the
May Crowning of Mary
All Children who will be making their First Holy Communion
are invited to participate in the May Crowning of Mary on
Sunday, May 8th before the 12:00 Mass
Girls are asked to wear their Communion Dresses and Boys
their Dress Suits. Arrive at church at 11:45 am
Tear off and return to your teacher or Rectory by April 15th
will be participating in the May crowning
and Procession on May 8th before the 12:00 Mass.
One girl will be chosen to crown the Blessed Mother and one
boy to escort her. These children will be chosen by lottery.
Each child will be given a flower to place at Mary’s altar.
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
May he be the visible
center and foundation
of our unity in faith
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
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:
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
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.
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.
Catherine West, Regent
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Fatima Day - Friday, May 13
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
Include your name, name of your parish and telephone number.
Cub Scout Pack 272
Why should I involve my son in Cub Scouting?
Today's world is complicated. Work, school, family, religion, sports, and extracurricular activities seem to pull parents and children in
several different directions. As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual.
Cub Scouting achieves these outcomes by combining fun with educational activities and lifelong values. It also helps parents
strengthen character, develop good citizenship, and enhance both mental and physical fitness in young boys. Additionally, Cub
Scouting provides boys with positive peer groups and tools to shape their future.
In Cub Scouting, boys learn ideals like honesty, bravery, thrift, and respect. These values help boys make constructive decisions
throughout their lifetimes and give them the confidence they need to grow and develop.
In Cub Scouting, boys, families, leaders, and our parishes work together to achieve the following objectives:
· Influence a boy's character development and spiritual growth.
· Develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
· Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
· Improve understanding within the family.
· Strengthen a boy's ability to get along with others.
· Foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills.
· Provide fun and exciting new things to do.
· Show a boy how to be helpful and do his best.
· Prepare him to be a Boy Scout.
Scouting, as a worldwide brotherhood, is unique and different. It is based on the principles of loving and serving God, human dignity
and the rights of individuals, and recognizing the obligation of all members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement dedicated
to bringing out the best in people; one of the few left in the world where the emphasis is not on winning as an end result, but on
the far more demanding task of "doing one's best."
Educators tell us that an increasing number of young people find they cannot make friends and feel lonely, even in a crowd. They
have had thousands of words spoken at them by television, and they have never learned to play, to laugh, to develop their imaginations,
and to express their feelings. If we can help nurture courage and kindness, allow boys to play, to laugh, to develop imaginations,
and to express their feelings, then we will have helped them grow.
We want them to become useful and stable individuals who are aware of their own worth. Helping a boy to learn the value of his own
worth is the greatest gift we can give him.
We're proud of our Cub Scout Pack and what it offers to young people and their families. We believe you will feel the same way as
you begin to see just what it's all about.
Pack membership is open to boys as follows:
• Tiger Cubs - first grade (or age 7);
• Cub Scouts - second or third grade (or ages 8 or 9);
• Webelos Scouts - fourth or fifth grade (or age 10 and 11).
Boy Scout Troop 272 is also taking new members.
(11 to 17 year olds)
Pack 272 is chartered to St. Joseph R.C. Church, Ronkonkoma, NY
For info about enrolling your son in the Pack or the Troop
e-mail Scouting@StJoRonk.org or call 979-0060 (Dr. Louis Scotti).
Visit our website: Pack272.StJoRonk.org
Boy Scout Troop 272
Why should I involve my son in Boy Scouting?
As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Boy Scout
Troop 272 has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been weaving lifetime values into fun
and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing
physical fitness in youth. These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence, as he
becomes an adult leader of tomorrow.
Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow
of Light Award in Cub Scouts or have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old. Our Troop
achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness qualities by focusing on a
vigorous program of outdoor activities, fun and purposeful troop meetings, and youth leadership skills development.
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character
development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random
order to emphasize the equal importance of each.
Ideals. The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy
Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has
some control over what and who he becomes.
Patrols. The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on
young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can
easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives.
Outdoor Programs. Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities
and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose.
Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in
which Boy Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature’s resources.
Advancement. Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement
method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is
rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow
in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Leadership Development. The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the
opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept
the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
Cub Scout Pack 272 is also taking new members.
(7 to 10 year olds)
Troop 272 is chartered to St. Joseph R.C. Church, Ronkonkoma, NY
For info about enrolling your son in the Troop or the Pack
e-mail Scouting@StJoRonk.org or call 979-0060 (Dr. Louis Scotti).
Visit our website: Troop272.StJoRonk.org
PARISHIONER REQUEST FORM
I/we would like to register as members of St. Joseph Parish.
NAME (s): ____________________________________________
PHONE: _______ - _____________ unlisted? (Yes) (No)
I/we would like become members of the parish. ( ) Yes
I/we would like to receive contribution envelopes. ( ) Yes ( )No
We make our donations each Sunday ( ) Weekly
We make our donations once a Month ( ) Monthly
( ) I would like to become an usher
( ) I would like to become a lector.
( ) I would like to become an altar server.
( ) I would like to become a Eucharistic Minister.
( ) I would like to become a choir member
( ) I would like to become a Catechist
( ) I would like to help maintain the parish plantings
( ) I would like to offer my following talents to the parish
(Please return to the Church Office or place in Collection Basket)
PARISH RESTORATION FUND
I/we wish to pledge (or increase our pledge to)
___ $5,000 ___ $4,000 ___ $3,000 ___ $2,000 ___ $1,000
to St. Joseph’s Parish Restoration Campaign.
I/we would like to make payments
___Annually ___Semi-Annually ___Quarterly ___ Monthly
spreading the payments over
___One year ___ Two years ___ Three years ___ Four years
NAME (s): ________________________________________
PHONE: ______ - _________
AMOUNT ENCLOSED NOW: $ ________
(Please return this form in the collection basket or
to the Church Office)
REMEMBERING THE SICK
Please include the following in the bulletin sick list:
Name of person who is ill:
Person making this request: Relationship to ill person
Your Phone #: _____________________
(Please place in collection basket or return to Church Office)
One Person’s Trash, Another’s ...
BOX TOPS from cereals for Educational purposes are always
welcomed. Please drop them in the collection.
DEPOSIT BOTTLES AND CANS—Please place them in the
white trailer that is located on the school side of the Church on
weekends or behind the rectory during the week.
CELL PHONES—Please bring your no longer used or needed
cell phones and deposit them at the Scrip table in the Church
Sport for all Seasons
Cub Scout Pack 272
Boy Scout Troop 272
St. Joseph’s Cub Scout Pack 272 and Boy Scout Troop 272
have fun, exciting, educational, character building programs
for boys, age 7 through 17 (first grade and up).
For more information or to enroll your child,
contact Dr. Louis Scotti at 656-8428
or e-mail JoinScouting@StJoRonk.org.
Even Used Inkjet Cartridges,
Have Their Uses
We have found a way to help St Joseph and keep those
complicated pieces of plastic, metal and printed circuit
boards out of the land fill. Drop them off (in a plastic
baggie) when you come to mass. We will send them to a
company who reuses them and gives the parish a bounty for
each. One note, to clear confusion, if it is larger than a fist,
it is not an inkjet cartridge!!!