Sunday, August 7, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:00 Ann Gregory requested by Les
7:00 Cornelius J Dunleavy requested by Loving Wife Anne
9:00 For the People of the Parish
9:00 Patricia Seton-Harris requested by Doreen Staufenberg
10:30 Lily Scuccimari requested by Mr & Mrs Restivo
10:30 Mary & Peter McQuillan requested by Caire & Jim
12:00 Pashka Shalla requested by Paula PreKelezovic
12:00 Robert Kraft requested by Colleen, Gary & Family
5:00 Msgr Achille D’Anca requested by Mr & Mrs D Ventola
5:00 Michael Makinen requested by Tom & Joy
Monday, August 8, St Dominic
7:00 Alex Joseph Cintron requested by
Loving Mom, Dad & Family
9:00 Catherine Sulich requested by
William, Tiffany & Billy Hughes
9:00 Paul Pastina requested by Bob Brown
9:00 Michael John Misciagna requested by
Loving Mom, Dad & Family
Tuesday, August 9, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
7:00 Chester Parker requested by Bill Mack & Scott Check
7:00 Harry Brennan requested by Kathy Brennan
9:00 Susan LaPuma requested by Ronnie & Susan Buonpane
9:00 Lucy Fucci requested by Marie & Jim Torretta
Wednesday, August 10, St Lawrence
7:00 Charles Schmidt requested by Mr & Mrs C Fiorenza
7:00 Elsie Higgins requested by Joe Quitoni
9:00 Frank Pipino requested by Toni & Gus Pisano
9:00 Benedict Mauri requested by Loving Wife & Family
Thursday, August 11, St Clare
7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 Lucille Riccardo requested by The Davis Family
9:00 Humberto Alfau requested by Cheryl Dachilli
Friday, August 12
7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 George Dereta, Sr requested by Beloved Family
9:00 Kathleen Pagliuca requested by Loving Family
Saturday, August 13
8:00 Irene Vasiluth requested by The Bitonti Family
8:00 Concetta Bagliere requested by
The Altimore & Burnett Families
Anticipated Mass For Sunday
5:00 Jeremiah Hennessy requested by Loving Family
5:00 Francisco Rosa requested by The Fernandes Family
Sunday, August 14, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:00 Lillian Sansone requested by Pat Carucci
7:00 Christina Poggilli requested by Jessica Smith
9:00 Pete & Mary McQuillan requested by Claire & Jim
9:00 John W Biglin Jr requested by The John Kelly Family
10:30 For the People of the Parish
10:30 Daniel P Henderson requested by Robert Smith
12:00 Grace Sheehan requested by Loving Family
12:00 Michael Romolo requested by Mr & Mrs Mayo
12:00 Veronica Aquavita requested by Frank Tantone
5:00 Christopher DeMarinis requested by Congema Family
5:00 Rose Pranzo requested by Anita Verbeeck
5:00 Agnes Meehan requested by
Loving Sister Peggy & Family
IF 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
REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Jennie DeMarco, Florence Parry, Stephen Randazzo, 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 Borden Oliver Bouchard
Mary Ellen Bowers Elsie Bratisax Emmanuel Coby
Fr James Costello Karen Ann Cronin Angelina DeSimone
Olivia Marie Devine Anna Dorney Geraldine DuBritz
Kristine Duschenchuk Maggie Errico Robert Filce
Maria Goncalves Catherine Gracey Raymond Harold
Jack Kelleher Joseph Kelly Helen Kwiathouski
Georgiana Lopez Anita Louise Dominick Mariano
Elizabeth Mauro Allison McAteer Maureen McCann
Ann McGnagle Howard Meeks Josephine Mileto
Sam Monte Leone Tom Nanry Timothy M Nigro
Vincent Palladino Edward Percesepe Grace C Peshkur
Arthur Plouffe Joseph Poirot Joan A Reilly
Barbara Rooney Rose Russo Joyce Ryan
Lorraine Schaffer Sharon Schneider Marie Schwind
Lorraine Stiefel Antonina Sturiano Stacie Tizzard
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 Maffeo
Fr Maffeo 7:00 am Fr Thomas
Fr Liu 9:00 am Fr Boyle
Fr Boyle 10:30 am Fr Liu
Fr Thomas 12:00 pm Fr Boyle
Fr Boyle 5:00 pm Fr Maffeo
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ALTAR BREAD & WINE
The gifts offered at our Masses this
Are Donated in Honor of
The Scannella Family
Elijah looked for the Lord in the wind, the earthquake,
and the fire, but found Him instead in a whisper. Paul
lamented over the Israelites who had covenants, the law,
even Christ, but who were not demonstrating that they
were His followers. Peter responded to the command of
Jesus, but still lacked the faith to believe that he was safe
in the storm.
Matthew’s ending is different from Mark’s seen above, by
having Peter learn from his mistake and declare
whom Jesus is-The Son of God!
For us this story has great significance, for we can see
that Jesus is always ready to help us when we are in
trouble, when the sea we are on is getting rough. Jesus
will walk even on the water to help us. But we must not
be like Peter and lose faith in Jesus. When Peter took his
eyes off Jesus, and looked down at the troubled waters
(when we focus only on our troubles) he
began to sink for he lost his faith.
Remember tomorrow August 8th, from
3:30-9 PM is our Annual Parish Blood
Drive in Carew Hall. Please help by
giving the gift of life. During the summer
months blood supplies are usually low and
donors are really needed. Please help!
Next Monday August 15th, is the
Solemnity of the Assumption of The
Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven Body
and Soul. Since this Feast occurs on a
Monday this year, it is not a Holy Day of
Obligation. However, we will celebrate
this great day with our usual 7 and 9 AM
Masses as well as an Evening Mass at 7:30
PM-that Monday Night. Our Rosary on
the Lawn will be start at 7 PM and then we
will move into the Church for the 7:30
Mass, and that will be followed by fellowship.
As we mentioned in last week’s bulletin, we received
our first rebate check from the Catholic Ministries
Appeal. We are happy to announce that we received the
first installment of $1,842.40, and more will come back to
us when more pledges are paid off. There is still time to
make a pledge for this worthwhile appeal and not only
help our neighbors throughout the Diocese, but also our
beloved parish. Thanks, to all who made this rebate
possible. God bless you!
We close with some faith sharing questions: How have I
felt God’s presence in my life? How have I felt His
presence at a time or place I didn’t expect? Jesus tells us
not to be afraid. What am I afraid of? How might I ask
Jesus to help me deal with this fear?
God bless you always.
Today’s Gospel Reading tells us about another great
miracle-Jesus Walking on the Water. While the story of the
Loaves and the Fish, which we saw last week, appears in all
4 Gospels the Walking on the Water does not appear in
Luke’s Gospel. This is unusual because we see it in
Matthew’s, Mark’s and even in John’s Gospel-which
usually tells us of different accounts not found in the
After the great miracle of the Multiplication of the
Loaves and the Fish, Jesus dismisses
the crowd and His Disciples and He
wants to be alone so He can pray. He
is in prayer for a long period, and
why He goes off to pray is anybody’s
Perhaps after carrying out the
miracle Jesus needs to recharge His
spiritual battery. Perhaps Jesus is
seeking the consolation of the Father
and The Holy Spirit, after this great
display of Divine Power and a sign of
the coming of the Kingdom. And
perhaps it is because of what we are
told in Mark’s Gospel (6:51-52) “And
he got into the boat with them and the
wind ceased and they were utterly
astounded, for they did not
understand about the loaves, but their
hearts were hardened.” And we should take into
account what we see in John’s Gospel, where Jesus fled
because they were about to make Him king, and the
Apostles were going right along with the crowd because
they did not understand. So Jesus sends them away and He
goes off to pray so He can work things out and be renewed
in His Holy Mission. After prayer, Jesus makes His way to
the Lake (The Sea of Galilee) and sees the Apostles are in
trouble. So, Jesus goes to them to help by walking across
the sea. Here perhaps, is another attempt of the Divine
Messiah to show the Apostles who He really is and that He
did not come to be a political King but the one to lead us all
to eternal life and God’s Kingdom.
So, He goes to the Apostles’ aid, and they think He is a
ghost, and they are afraid until Jesus calls out to them and
tells them to have courage. But Peter to test Jesus, tells
Jesus to command him to likewise walk on the water.
Well to his surprise, Peter walks over to Jesus, but when he
looks down Peter starts to sink and cry out for Jesus’ help.
Jesus and Peter are able to do the impossible, for nothing is
impossible for God, and if Peter truly understood this, he
would not have given into fear. If Peter did not doubt, he
would have been able to make it all the way to Jesus.
Sunday, August 7, 2005 Page 3
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Registration forms are available on line at :
R C I A
The summer inquiry schedule is as follows:
Meetings on 2nd & 4th Thursdays of August and
September from 7:30 - 8:30 in the Rectory basement
Elijah recognized the voice of God not in the strong and
heavy wind, not in the earthquake and not in the fire, but
in a tiny whispering sound. May we find enough quiet in
our clamorous world to hear His voice and discern what
He is calling us to do and be.
624 Envelopes $ 11,636
Loose collection 3,053
Total Last Sunday $14,689
Weekly Operating Expenses 21,250
Weekly Excess/(Debt) -(6,561)
Same Sunday last year 14,499
Poor Box last weekend $297
We still have some openings in our
Nursery School and Pre-K programs.
Please call the school for
Summer hours for the school are
10 AM to 3PM.
The office will be closed from
August 1st - 15th.
The Religious Ed Office is closed for the summer we will
reopen on August 22nd.
Since our office is closed during the summer months we
would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new
families who will be moving into our parish and inform
you about our Religious Education program. Each week
we will give you a heads up on the different levels of our
Program. With the following levels we start to prepare
our students for Confirmation. It is important that they
learn how to use the Bible and understand the first part of
the Mass which is the Liturgy of the Word.
Level Six The students will become adept at using the
Bible. We will study Judeo-Christian Biblical history and
learn to understand the relationship between God and
God’s people in the Old Testament. Students will be
responsible for a report on one of these relationships. The
students will be presented with a Bible. We hope to visit
Temple Beth Chai in Hauppauge again this year. A Seder
service is planned during Lent. Attending Sunday
liturgies, competing the assigned Liturgy Response forms
is a necessary part of this level. Level 6 will also
participate in the Living Rosary. The students will also
have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of
Level Seven The students in this level will use the
Sunday readings to grow in knowledge and understanding
of who Jesus was and is. Through the New Testament
readings they will learn about the God of Jesus of
Nazareth who calls us all to be disciples. Students will be
required to do a Saint Report, attend Sunday Liturgies and
complete weekly response forms. Level 7 will take part
in the Living Rosary and have an opportunity to receive
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SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please continue to remember them in your prayers.
CPL Deborah Alfieri PFC Justin Browne
PC Michael Dean Cantley SPC Thomas E. Corcoran
SGT Ryan Delaney LTCOL Kurt Diehl
SGT Stephen Gene DiGirolamo CPL Keith Flick
RCT Michael Gabriellini SPC Daniel Heuman
SGT John W Keohane SGT Steven Knight
1SGT John Krumholz SSG Stephen LeGrady
PFC Edward McGinn SGT Patrick McNally
PFC William Meyer Andy Mezador
SGT Glenn Miller SGT Daniel Montville
SSGT Brian Moran SGT James Munro
LCPL Thomas Napolitano LCPL Michael Napolitano
LCPL James Neubauer N/Seal Paul Padro
ENS3 Lucy Padro MAJ Paul E Pinaud
SGT Edwin Rivera, II SSGT Jason Schiavo
RCT Brian Schildt SPC James Stanek
SSG Nick Vicale SGT John Thomas Vogt
(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)
Anna Linda Calise
Dakota Sean Ciervo
Samantha Faith Ciervo
Brooke Kennedy Elizalde
Natalie Rose Ihle
Robert Michael Lebel
Emma Victoria Rondinella
Ryan Christopher Russo
According to an article in Newsday, July 20,
2005, abortions in the United States continue
to decline; still the numbers are awful.
Should we be grateful that in the year 2002,
women in the U.S. had 1.29 MILLION abortions, down
from 1.61 MILLION in 1990?
Scientists say it is difficult to determine why the
number of abortions has been dropping. “There are so
many things feeding into the decline”, said Lawrence
Finer, associate director of domestic research at the Alan
Guttmacher Institute, which conducted the study.
Possible factors, he said, include changes in contraceptive
technologies and use, changing ideas about family size
and abortion, and reduced access to abortion services.
Pregnancy clinics and abstinence programs may also have
contributed to the decline.
We second the premise that changing ideas about
abortion, and the existence of abstinence programs have
finally borne some fruit. More and more people are
realizing that there are alternatives to abortion, and many
helping hands are available. Help is a phone call away.
Information about the pre-born baby, detailing his growth
in the womb helps to make us aware that it IS a baby
from the time of conception, and not just a blob of tissue.
“Human life is a gift from God and as Catholics we have
a most grave obligation to defend all human life from the
moment of conception until natural death. God help us if
we fail in this most fundamental obligation.”
-Archbishop Myers, “A Time for Honesty” May 5, 2005
DID YOU KNOW?
You didn’t tell anyone you were pregnant – you felt you
couldn’t let anyone know. You CAN protect your secret
and get help, if your newborn baby is received unharmed.
Call the helpline at 1-877-796-HOPE (4673).
Newborn babies can be brought to a Safe Haven (the
local hospital’s emergency department or any community
firehouse) and you will not be prosecuted for
abandonment. Total secrecy is assured and the police will
not investigate. No information is required; however, for
your baby’s benefit, you may offer information about
your family’s medical history. Safe Havens are sponsored
by the Children of Hope Foundation
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS
Reminder –Court St. Joseph will meet on August 9th at
7:30 pm in Father Carew Hall. Please be sure to attend
our first meeting of the 2005-2006 year.
C. West, Regent 585-1719
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Mark Your Calendars
August 8 Blood Drive 3:30-9PM
August 8 Rosary (on the lawn) 7PM
August 8 Baptism Prep Class 8-9PM
August 15 Rosary (on the lawn) 7PM
August 22 Rosary (on the lawn) 7PM
August 27 Right to Life Newsletter Folding
Banns of Marriage
Michele Monks of Our Lady of Lourdes and
Robert Hoin of St Joseph’s
Stephanie Virag of Greenlawn and
James Ihriskey of St Joseph’s
Christine Wakefield of St Joseph’s and
Gregory Peante of St John’s Bohemia
Alison Lorigan of St Joseph’s and
Colby J Rowe of Mt Sinai
Jhoanne Yu Chong of St Joseph, Hartford, Ct and
Robert Dubinsky Jr of St Joseph’s
Jennifer Bakke of St Joseph’s and
Vincent Boscaino of Infant Jesus
For the month of July we serviced 159 clients.
Financial assistance amounted to $3,600.49. There were
10 new clients added and total services and referrals
provided were 321. This included food, living needs,
Health Care information, advocacy and housing. Your
continued support of the Outreach Program makes all of
this possible. Thank you.
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help
you. Please call 981-6888.
here is a severe blood shortage and we need your
help! A Blood Drive will take
place on Monday, August 8th
from 3:30 to 9PM in Carew Hall.
Please sign up in the back of the
church after Mass or call the
Outreach office at 981-6888 for
an appointment. THANK YOU.
Catholic Ministries Appeal
St. Joseph’s by the Numbers
Catholic Ministries Appeal 2005
St Joseph, Ronkonkoma, NY
Diocese of Rockville Centre
PO Box 4000,
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-4000
516 379-5210 ext 2 Fax 516 379-5043
Pledge: $ __________ Initial Payment: $ ________
Balance: $ _________
Thank you for your support.
Please make checks payable to:
Catholic Ministries Appeal
This form can be returned to St Joseph Rectory or put in an
envelope and placed in the Sunday collection. We thank you for
Yes it’s that time of year again
St Joseph’s Annual
football fund will kick off next
Tickets will be available after
the Masses and at the rectory.
The cost is still only $5.00 and
each chance places you in the
running for the whole season!!
Around The Parish
Beginning Experience is a working weekend program designed to help separated,
divorced, and widowed persons of all ages grieving the loss of their marriages.
Weekends are quiet, reflective, spiritual, and ultimately life renewing. The next weekend
is August 12-14 at the Monfort Seminary in Bayshore. For more information and
reservations call 587-7338 or 516-812-6417.
Mass for individuals in 12 Step Recovery Programs will be celebrated for individuals,
their family and friends involved in any 12 Step Program on Sunday, August 7th at 7PM
at St John Nepomucene Church in Bohemia. For more information call Fr Kevin Gruber
Suffolk Catholic Singles Dance will be held Saturday, August 13th from 9:00 to 12:30
AM at the Holiday Inn at MacArthur Airport. Admission is $20 at the door. For 30’s
through 60’s. For more information call Jerry at 516-520-9385.
Ronkonkoma Cenacle is looking for volunteer drivers for August 27-30th & September 7-10th
to take groups to and from Islip MacArthur Airport. Interested volunteers please call 471-0024.
The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will arrive at the host parish of St John
Nepomucene in Bohemia on August 12 and will visit churches, a shrine, abortion clinics, and
nursing homes until departure on August 23. For more information about the visitation, contact
Carole Perez at 567-4808. The visitation schedule will be posted in the Rectory lobby.
St Joseph the Worker is celebrating their 50th Jubilee Anniversary as a parish and are having a reunion of all
students of the former St Joseph the Worker School on Saturday, October 1 at the 5:30 Mass with a reception to follow.
If you or someone you know attended classes at the school please call 758-6061 or 654-0379.
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 382-2181.
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 & appointments are available by calling Dr.Giuliani -243-2503.
Secular Franciscan Day of Recollection will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at the
Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, presented by St Lawrence of Brindisi Fraternity. The Director will be Fr
Matthias Wesnofske OFM,CAP. The cost is $10 per person. Come join us !!!
Our Lady of Grace Center, Manhasset (www.olgcenter.com) offers days and evenings of prayer, weekend
retreats, holistic spirituality and wellness services and workshops, space for groups to meet, and a hermitage
for private days of prayer. For brochure call 516-627-9255.
St. Joseph School
Visit teacher pages for summer reading
lists, summer news, and back to school
supply lists. Shop early and take
advantage of the sales.
Religious Education Center
Late Registration- info and forms
C Y O
St Joseph’s CYO is NOT ON VACATION, we are hard at work
planning activities for you and your children to enjoy this summer:
BASEBALL CAMP - 8-12 at
Slocum Elementary School.
Please call Henry @ 676-6347 or Cathy @ 588-1879 for more information.
We have registration forms available for our fall and winter programs, but we will also be selling
tickets for CYO BBQ NIGHT, Friday, September 2 at the LI DUCKS/ Citibank Park.
Call Henry @ 676-6347 or Cathy @ 588-1879 for tickets and more information. All seats are $25
which includes BBQ food items, beverages and admission to the game.
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
offers the following Graduate Degrees:
Master of Arts in Theology
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
The seminary is located at 440 West Neck Road in Huntington
For further information, contact : Academic Office at 631-423-0483 ext 147 or ext 112
Registration for the Fall semester closes August 26, 2005
Box Tops for Education
The students of St Joseph School would like to thank the parish family for
helping us with our Box Tops for Education collection this past school year.
We earned $1963.02, of which the parish
collected $245.40. This was a great help to the school!
We are already collecting for the ‘05-’06 school year, so please keep those box tops coming.
They can be left at the rectory or dropped in the Sunday collection basket. There are also
other contests being held for chances to win bonus Box Tops for our school. Please visit
www.boxtops4education.com for all the details and become a Booster Club member while
you’re at it. Each new Booster Club member will earn our school 5 bonus
box tops. Thank you for your support.
In addition to the Box Tops please collect the General Mills “whole grain”
logo found on all General Mills cereal boxes, from now until Dec. 31. Each
logo will give us one entry into a contest where 100 schools will win
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)
We’re Looking For…
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
baskets that are 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!!!