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





Jennie DeMarco, Florence Parry, Stephen Randazzo, our

deceased soldiers and all of our deceased relatives and friends.


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

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 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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The gifts offered at our Masses this


Are Donated in Honor of

Rose Blake

Requested by

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.

Fr. Mike

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

Synoptic Gospels.

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.

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the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Registration forms are available on line at :


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

meeting room.


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.

Weekly Offering

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

St Joseph’s


We still have some openings in our

Nursery School and Pre-K programs.

Please call the school for

more information.

Summer hours for the school are

10 AM to 3PM.

The office will be closed from

August 1st - 15th.

Religious Education

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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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


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


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

(First Time)

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

Parish Outreach

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.


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Catholic Ministries Appeal

St. Joseph’s by the Numbers






of Goal

71.3 %

Rebate Received


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




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.





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

Courtesy Announcements

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

at 589-0540.

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 ( 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.

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Religious Education Center

2005/2006 Calendar

Late Registration- info and forms


St Joseph’s CYO is NOT ON VACATION, we are hard at work

planning activities for you and your children to enjoy this summer:


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 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

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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)


I/we wish to pledge (or increase our pledge to)

___ $5,000 ___ $4,000 ___ $3,000 ___ $2,000 ___ $1,000

to St. Joseph’s Parish Restoration Campaign.

I/we would like to make payments

___Annually ___Semi-Annually ___Quarterly ___ Monthly

spreading the payments over

___One year ___ Two years ___ Three years ___ Four years

NAME (s): ________________________________________



PHONE: ______ - _________


(Please return this form in the collection basket or

to the Church Office)


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


Travel Soccer:

Gene ?467-0541

Intramural Soccer:

Beth ?737-6299


Karen ?588-8636

Chairman: Henry


Gene ?588-1879

Girls Basketball:

Christine ?737-3142

Boys Basketball:

Frank ?585-6921

Melchiona ?676-6347

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

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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