Sunday, August 21, Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:00 William J Schaudel requested by Loving Wife & Family

7:00 Shirley Murray requested by Patti & Joe

9:00 For An End to Abortion requested by

Respect Life Committee

9:00 John Biglin Jr requested by The Michael Jozwiak Family

10:30 Rose Pranzo requested by Anita Verbeeck

10:30 Rev Raymond Nugent requested by Wimpleberg Family

12:00 For the People of the Parish

12:00 Manuela A Sanchez requested by Betty Reddington

12:00 Mrs Costello requested by Maureen & Walter Aebly

5:00 Msgr Achille D’Anca requested by Ventola Family

5:00 Jessie Lerro requested by Joe & Joyce Ando

Monday, August 22, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7:00 Soudade Pedra requested by Iberico & Fernanda

9:00 Florence Parry requested by Frank Mangiacapre

9:00 Joseph Bartolotto requested by Georgann & Tom

Tuesday, August 23, St Rose of Lima

7:00 William Reed requested by Norma Reed

9:00 Robert Izzo requested by Loving Mother & Father

9:00 Harry Ballard requested by Loving Wife & Family

Wednesday, August 24, St Bartholomew

7:00 Arnold Ascione requested by Jeffrey Fey

9:00 Bea Fioriglio requested by Adriane Toscano & Family

9:00 Sal Florio requested by Marge Buechner

Thursday, August 25, St Louis of France

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Soudade Pedra requested by Amarino & Maria

9:00 For the Catholic Daughters 80th Anniversary

Friday, August 26

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Lt Col James Cersosimo (living) requested by

Louise & Bill

9:00 Anna Daddio requested by Anna & Calogero DiMaria

Saturday, August 27, St Monica

8:00 James J Reilly requested by Loving Family

8:00 Elizabeth Platt requested by Loving Family

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Anthony Croce Jr requested by Loving Family

5:00 Donald Timpone requested by Loving Family

Sunday, August 28, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 For the Deceased Members of the St Regis

Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes

10:30 Anthony Saccullo requested by

Mr & Mrs Richard Mongiello

10:30 Susan Brown requested by Lori & Tom Nicosia

12:00 Tom McGrann requested by Loving Family

12:00 Rose Russo requested by Phylis & Tony Moschella

5:00 For the People of the Parish

5:00 Vincent Marco requested by Harry Milburn





Emanuele Ombrellino, Kevin J Kelsey, Robert H Lippencott, 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 Mr. Michael Boyle Sr Elsie Bratisax

Joseph Cardino Emmanuel Coby Fr James Costello

Robert Daly Angelina DeSimone Olivia Marie Devine

Anna Dorney Kristine Duschenchuk Maggie Errico

Robert Filce Maria Goncalves Catherine Gracey

Raymond Harold Jack Kelleher Joseph Kelly

Keith Konig Helen Kwiathouski Georgiana Lopez

Dominick Mariano Elizabeth Mauro Allison McAteer

Michele McGee Ann McGnagle Howard Meeks

Sam Monte Leone Timothy M Nigro Vincent Palladino

Edward Percesepe Grace C Peshkur Arthur Plouffe

Joseph Poirot Richard Rigney 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 Liu 5:00 pm Fr Thomas

Fr Boyle 7:00 am Fr Liu

Fr Maffeo 9:00 am Fr Thomas

Fr Thomas 10:30 am Fr Maffeo

Fr Maffeo 12:00 pm Fr Boyle

Fr Thomas 5:00 pm Fr Maffeo

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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 theme of personal identity runs through today’s

scripture readings. Isaiah appoints Eliakim to be leader of

the Israelites and defines his authority over the people.

Paul speaks eloquently of several of God’s attributes– His

riches, wisdom, judgments and ways. In the Gospel

reading, Peter correctly identifies Jesus as the Christ, the

Son of God.


Notice the progression that Jesus takes after

Peter’s soul filled Confession; “You are Peter, and

upon this rock I will build my Church.” The abovementioned

community is none other than the

Church, and we the Church are all those who have

accepted Jesus as the Messiah. Christ is the one

foundation on which the Church is build upon, but

Peter is the first rock that will help support the other

rocks that will be placed on the foundation.

With these questions and His promises to Peter,

Jesus tells the Apostles more and more about who

He is, who they are, and what the Messiah’s mission

is in the world-salvation for all. Jesus gives Peter

the keys to the Kingdom so that he can follow Jesus

and lead others through the gates of heaven. We

the Church have been carrying out that same

mission for the past 2000 years, and we will

continue to do it until Christ comes again and the

Kingdom of God is fully established. Therefore, it is

up to us to do our part. It is up to us to bring others

to Christ and the new life of the Resurrection. So

get busy, time is short.

Let us pray:

Lord, you are infinitely mysterious, my rock and


Thank you for inviting me into the adventure of this


may I trust you in the darkness.


God bless you always.

Fr. Mike

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They

replied, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, still

others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to

them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter

said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

We are all very familiar with this dialogue that takes

place between Jesus and the Disciples at Caesarea

Philippi, as Jesus wants to know what the Apostles

have heard others saying about Him. Now the

answers given are indeed high praise for Jesus, and

many did believe that He was John the Baptist raised

from the dead -that’s how powerful John’s ministry

was for the people and how highly they regarded

John. So, they see Jesus as an extension of John’s

ministry and that was saying a lot about Jesus. When

Jesus was identified as being one of the prophets of

old, especially Elijah or Jeremiah, the people were

reacting to an age-old tradition that the Prophet Elijah

(in for some groups Jeremiah) would be the

forerunner of the coming of the Messiah. Again, the

people gave Jesus high praise indeed, but their praise

fell short of the true mark, for He was not the

forerunner, He was the one they were waiting for.

And as we can see, these answers were not enough

for Jesus, so He challenges the Apostles to say who

they think He is! One can just imagine that there was

an awkward

silence, as they themselves could not come up with

their own answers until Peter shouts out- “You are the

Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Peter seems to know what the other 11 do not, or

at least afraid to say. Jesus’ answer to Peter tells us

His feelings, that at least one person, and probably

others realized that Jesus is indeed the Christ! That

is why Jesus blesses Peter for his answer, and tells

him that God the Father told him this, and because of

this Peter will be the rock on which Christ will build His

Church, which nothing will be able to destroy. Peter

has truly accepted Jesus as the Savior of the world,

and so must we! For just as Jesus asks His Disciples

who do people say that I am, so does He ask us. So

who do you say Jesus is? In order to answer that

question we must understand that the answer does

not come from the head, but from the heart. Peter

can only answer this question when he is open to the

promptings of the Holy Spirit and listening with his

heart and soul. We see this at work in other places in

the Gospel when Jesus is before Pilate. Pilate calls

Jesus the King of the Jews, but he does not say it out

of faith, but only what the people said about Jesus.

Again only when we know Jesus in our hearts can we

answer who He is for ourselves, individually and

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In today’s readings, St Paul reminds the Romans and us

that all things come from God: “For from Him and

through Him and for Him all things are.” Good stewards

understand that all is gift and share generously the gifts of

time, talent, and treasure with which they have been


Weekly Offering

608 Envelopes $ 11,855

Loose collection 3,141

Total Last Sunday $14,996

Weekly Operating Expenses 21,250

Weekly Excess/(Debt) -(6,254)

Same Sunday last year 13,793

Latin American Mission Collection $693

Same collection last year 799

Poor Box last weekend $431

Parish Outreach

PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help

you. Please call 981-6888.

Banns of Marriage

(Third 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

Religious Education

Our religious Education Office is now open.

Our hours are:

Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday and Wed 10:00 am. to 4 p.m.

If you need registration forms please call our office

and we will gladly send them out to you.

New Catechists are always needed. We are

especially looking for volunteers for our Grade

Levels 3,4 and 5. If you love your faith and want to

share your time and talent, please call us. It would

be our pleasure to have you join our program.

Registration forms are available on line at :


The summer inquiry schedule is as


Meetings on 2nd & 4th Thursdays

of August and September from 7:30

- 8:30 in the Rectory basement

meeting room.

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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

SP4 Thomas Flood 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

LCPL Anthony Notaroberta 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)

Jocelyn Nicolette Forchelli

Alexander Peter Moraitis


The following statements are true:

1. The United States Supreme Court decisions Roe

v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton both legalized

abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy for

any reason.

2. Up to 60% of abortions are coerced, or forced.

3. In New York State, a minor does not need a

parent’s permission or knowledge to have an

abortion. She does need a parent’s ok to get body

piercing, a tattoo, or to get even an aspirin from

the school nurse.

4. Among women who had been pregnant at least

once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had

experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher

than among other women. (Nat’l. Cancer Inst.,


5. There were approximately 8,500 induced

abortions committed in Nassau and Suffolk

counties in 2003. (NYS Department of Health)


Day 1 Fertilization, my life begins. I have unique

DNA and am called a zygote.

Week 1 I’m an embryo seeking nourishment in my

mother’s womb.

Week 3 My heart begins to beat

Week 6 My liver makes blood cells

Week 7 My brain waves can be detected

Week 8 I now have fingerprints

Week 10 I’m sensitive to touch; I swallow

Week 11 Now 3 inches long, I do somersaults

Week 12 All my systems are working

Month 4 My heart pumps 6 gallons of blood a day

Month 5 I react to outside noise

Month 6 Fine hair is on my head

Month 7 I recognize Mom’s voice

Month 8 My weight increases 2 more pounds

Month 9 Ready for birth, I trigger labor.

Long Island Coalition for Life, Inc. 7/2005

Please join us on August 27th for the folding of the

September LIFE NEWS. We feature good works (the

folding & mailing), good company (our wonderful

regulars) and good food (complimentary lunch). Come

down to the Old School Gym anytime from 8:30 am

onward, and stay for as long as you can. Thanks.

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St Joseph’s School

We still have some openings in our

Nursery School and Pre-K programs.

Please call the school for more


Summer hours for the school are

10AM to 3PM.

Please consider having

your child participate in the School Band.

Instrumental Music is an important part of

education. Students will bring home

information sheets in September. Band is

available to all St Joseph School students

grades 3-8. Thank you.


Girl Scout Troop 1644 is having

a Car Wash today, Sunday,

August 21st from 9AM to

1:30PM. Please support our girls

as they are working toward their

Gold Award.



We’ll be holding our annual fall plant sale the

weekend of Sept 17th. All mums will be $5.

We know how beautiful they are every year -

so plan to get yours early!

Mark Your Calendars

August 21 Girl Scout Troop 1644 Car Wash 9-1:30

August 22 Rosary (on the lawn) 7PM

August 27 Right to Life Newsletter Folding


August 29 Rosary (on the lawn) 7PM

Sept 5 Labor Day

Sept 7 School Opens

Sept 17 Plant Sale

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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.


Please help us to recognize

those who have served

and those who are serving

our country by

contributing their

pictures to our Wall of


We will need the

name ,rank, branch of

service and years of

enlistment for each

picture submitted. If you

can lend us the pictures

we will scan and return

them to you.

The pictures can be

dropped off at the rectory

or placed in an envelope

St. Joseph’s 2005

Football Benefit Fund

It’s A Parish Fund Raiser

It’s Fun And Exciting

It’s Only $5

Here’s how it works:

You buy a ticket for $5. It will have a 3-team code. It is good for all 17

weeks of the NFL regular Season. Each week the combined high score

wins: $100; Second: $85; Third: $70; Fourth: $50 and the lowest score

wins $35. So for just $5 you have a chance to win one of 5 cash prizes

for each of the 17 weeks. At the end of the season, there will be a

drawing for 10 $50 prizes from the tickets that did not already win a

prize. Buy more than one, get friends, family and coworkers to buy

some. It’s a great way to help support St. Joseph’s Parish and enjoy

the Football Season. Please note, once the season begins, any unsold

tickets remain the property of the contest and any winning prizes of

these tickets remain in the fund. These tickets remain open for

purchase, but the holder is entitled only to those prizes awarded after

the purchase date.




Number of tickets: Amount:

Mail tickets to: 45 Church St, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 or come in to the Rectory office.

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Around The Parish

Courtesy Announcements

Free Irish Classes begin 9/15/05 The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School’s new semester of

free, wekly Irish language classes begins Thursday, 9/15/05 in the AOH Hall at 27 Locust

Avenue in Babylon, 100 yards west of the Babylon LIRR Station. The Mommy, Daddy & Me

program begins at 7:15PM. Classes for adults begin at 7:45 PM. All interested in Irish are

welcome to attend. For details call Jerry Kelly at 516-679-0465.

St Joseph’s College Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life presents “The Battle

for God” with Karen Armstrong on September 21 at 7:30 PM in the D’Ecclesiis Auditorium. Ms

Armstrong is one of today’s most provocative, original and inclusive thinkers on the role of

religion in today’s world. For more information and registration, call 631-447-2739.

Andy Cooney will be appearing in Concert at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Davis

Park, Fire Island on August 27th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information ,

please call 631-928-2377 ext 22 or 631-597-6163.

The Long Island 2005 Scottish Games will be held at Old Westbury Gardens in Nassau County

on August 27th. All friends of Scotland, young and old, are invited to attend and enjoy a funfilled

day of Scottish fanfare and games. Please visit our website for information and directions at

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.

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.

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

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


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 10,000 bonus Box Tops or $1,000!

School begins on September 9th !!

Less then a month away.

Outreach has begun to collect school supplies

for the needy in our community.

Your generosity not only enables us to send the

children to school with the supplies they need

but also to remind them that they are not


All donations can be left by the Blessed Mother

statue in the church or brought to either the

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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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