Sunday, August 28, 22nd 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
Monday, August 29, Martyrdom of John the Baptist
7:00 Frances Roehrig requested by Jeff & Lorraine Witt
9:00 SSgt James McNaughton
9:00 Patrick Mullin requested by Eileen
Tuesday, August 30
7:00 Rutino Morais requested by Dora Fernanda
9:00 Thomas Ericksen requested by Mr & Mrs Lucivero
9:00 Anna Daddio requested by Anna & Salvatore LoBrutto
Wednesday, August 31
7:00 Alan DelGardo requested by Loving Mom
9:00 Robert Decker requested by The Binger Family
9:00 Guy Dellecave requested by Loving Wife
Thursday, September 1
7:00 Roger Purcell requested by Judy Purcell
9:00 John Mawn requested by the Mawn Family
9:00 Muriel Johnston requested by Nora Taylor
Friday, September 2
7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 Crystal Clark requested by Loving Mother
9:00 Gregory Boccard requested by Georgann & Tom
Saturday, September 3, St Gregory the Great
8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo
8:00 Thomas Bannon requested by Loving Wife
Anticipated Mass for Sunday
5:00 Richard & Anthony Colacino
requested by Loving Family
5:00 For the People of the Parish
Sunday, September 4, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:00 Elizabeth Rea requested by Anne Herrington
7:00 William Rea requested by Anne Herrington
9:00 Nicholas C Romano Jr requested by Loving Mom & Dad
9:00 Patricia Seton-Harris requested by Carol Staufenberg
10:30 Leigh Ann Lane requested by The Lenihan Family
10:30 William Adams requested by Loving Family
12:00 Mary, Veronica & Stephen F Salata requested by
12:00 Augusto Lucas requested by Loving Family
5:00 Thelma Wright requested by Joe & Joyce Ando
5:00 Raquel Napolitano requested by The Wimpleberg 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
REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Karen Cronin, Rita Griffith, Edward Percesepe, Frank
Sheehan,John Bowden, our deceased soldiers and all of our
relatives and friends.
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Michael Ambrosio Maureen Borden Oliver Bouchard
Mary Ellen Bowers Mr. Michael Boyle Sr Elsie Bratisax
Leo Cantelmo 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
Rita Meehan Howard Meeks Sam Monte Leone
Timothy M Nigro Vincent Palladino Robert Pascale
Grace C Peshkur Bari Pizzurro 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 Thomas 5:00 pm Fr Maffeo
Fr Liu 7:00 am Fr Maffeo
Fr Thomas 9:00 am Fr Boyle
Fr Maffeo 10:30 am Fr Thomas
Fr Boyle 12:00 pm Fr Boyle
Fr Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr Thomas
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ALTAR BREAD & WINE
The gifts offered at our Masses this
Are Donated in Honor of
The Delisio Family
Jeremiah writes eloquently of some of the painful things
he experienced in answering God’s call to serve as His
prophet. Paul exhorts the Romans to offer themselves as
living sacrifices to God. In the Gospel, Jesus reveals that
he must suffer and die to fulfill his saving mission. The
disciples must, likewise, take up their crosses and follow
the Sacrament of
Confirmation. This question comes up,
because many Adults have not received the Sacrament for
various reasons. While it is true, that one can get married
without receiving Confirmation, it is also true that one
should not leave this world without being confirmed.
Why, would anyone turn his or her back on receiving
everything that God wants to give? Why settle for second
best, when God wants to give us the very best Himself. It
is true, however, that a Catholic who is not confirmed
cannot serve as a God Parent-for they have not
completed their initiation into the Church. How can a
person serve as a God Parent (leading their God Child
closer to God) when they themselves do not have
everything they need to do the job?
If you are an adult who has not been confirmed, all is
not lost. We have a series of programs (processes) to
bring you to this wonderful sacrament, and you could
receive Confirmation on this Pentecost Sunday this
coming spring. If you have not received Communion and
Confirmation then you can take part in the RCIA. Please
call the Rectory for more information, and if you know
someone who needs to receive this sacrament let them
know about what St. Joseph’s has to offer.
On Sunday September 11, 2005 at 3 PM, we will
celebrate a Special Memorial Mass for the Victims of
September 11, 2001. We will of course have our full
schedule of Sunday Masses-where the Victims are one of
the intentions at each Mass, but this will be a Special
Mass just to help us get through the events of that painful
Also, on the weekend of September 10 & 11 we will
begin selling tickets for our Annual Backwards Raffle,
with the Raffle taking place in late November. Buy your
tickets now-remember there are only 500 tickets sold-so
buy early and buy often to get a chance at $10,000 grand
prize. Sunday the 11th is also Unity Sunday refreshments
and fellow ship will follow the 9 AM, 10:30 AM and 12
Noon Masses in Carew Hall.
Since School is starting on September 7, 2005,
we return to the Tuesday Morning 8:45 Mass
(moving from 9 AM to 8:45 on Tuesday Mornings
only until the end of June next year even when the
school is on vacation. This way we don’t drive
ourselves crazy wondering if Mass is at 8:45 or
9 AM). This will start on Tuesday September 6;
2005-our school faculty will be present at this
Mass as they begin the school year a day before
our students arrive.
Thank you, for all you do for St. Joseph’s
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.”
With these words, Peter is rebuked and you can almost
imagine him wanting to run for the hills-if he could! Last
week Peter is given high praise by Jesus and is told that he
is the rock on which Christ will build His Church, and he is
given the Keys to the Kingdom. And now this week, Jesus
calls him Satan and an obstacle. Why? Why, because Peter
was trying to be a good friend and a good son of Israel and
he would not hear anything about how the Messiah would
suffer and die on the Cross. God forbid anything like that
would happen-Jesus you must be wrong. Of course Peter is
saying what anyone of us would say and he is acting as
anyone of us would act if we were in the same situation.
So why does Jesus act so violently to Peter? Well because
Peter is one of Jesus’ closest Apostles, and Jesus is
sensitive to Peter’s feelings. Likewise, Jesus Himself is
personally upset about this situation, so He does not need
someone to diminish His resolve. We get the feeling that
Peter is perhaps the only one who could actually tempt
Jesus away from carrying out His Divine mission.
Jesus recovers quickly, and tells Peter as He tells them all,
STOP THINKING LIKE HUMAN BEINGS, THINK AS
GOD THINKS! For when we can think like God, then we
can see that Jesus had to undergo what He did for our
salvation. And when we can be open to God’s thought
process, we can follow Jesus, deny ourselves, and take up
our Cross everyday.
How do we do this? The only way is that we
must be like Jesus, and we must sacrifice for, and
live our lives focused on others. Sacrifice also
means not to live just for this life, but for the life
that is to come, and to help lead others to Christ
and eternal life. We should take up our Cross and
make these sacrifices with gladness, for when we do
we are open to do God’s will and when we do
God’s will we are truly happy and totally free from
a life of misery, and falsehood. Now this does not
mean that we will have a life without troubles, but
it does mean that we will feel God with us everyday
giving us the strength to get through our troubles.
Before you know it, School will be starting up and we
will begin a new year of Religious Education. In a few
short months, we will celebrate the Sacrament of
Confirmation and our young people will become adult
members of the Church. In September, they will be
meeting with members of the parish staff and volunteers for
Confirmation Interviews. In October, they will be going on
retreat and in November Bishop Paul Walsh will confer on
them this wonderful Sacrament and they will receive the
fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Many times the question comes up about Marriage and
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Page 3
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
We want to extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Leona
Arpino our new parish school principal. May God hold
you in the palm of His hands and bless you along your
journey here at St. Josephs.
R C I A
The summer inquiry schedule is as follows:
Meetings on 2nd & 4th Thursdays of September
from 7:30 - 8:30 in the Rectory basement meeting
In today’s second reading, St Paul exhorts the Romans to
total stewardship. Brothers and sisters he urges, “...offer
your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to
613 Envelopes $ 12,099
Loose collection 3,102
Total Last Sunday $15,201
Weekly Operating Expenses 21,250
Weekly Excess/(Debt) -(6,049)
Same Sunday last year 13,710
Assumption Collection $1931
Same collection last year 3006
Poor Box last weekend $303
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help
you. Please call 981-6888.
Our Religious Education Office is now open.
Our hours are:
Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The office is closed on Fridays.
If you have not registered your children, please send in
your forms, classes will start the first week of October. If
you have misplaced your forms please call our office and
we will be happy to send you a new set or you may go to
our web site and download the necessary forms.
Children who are entering grade 1 in September should be
registered for Level 1, which is the first year of our two
year Communion Prep Program.
Summer Packets: Those students who needed to
complete their Summer Liturgy Response Forms (Levels
6 and 7) in order to move up are expected to turn in their
completed forms this week. We are looking forward to
reading them. You may drop them off at our office during
our regular office hours or you may leave them at the
Rectory during their office hours. If you have any
questions, please call us.
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. We will be happy to answer any of
your questions. It would be our pleasure to have you join
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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
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)
Lauren Alexandra Britto
Alessandro Camillo Giulietti
Tyler Joseph Mursko
Angelina Lynn Negron
Devin Alexander Norris
Ashley June Pepitone
Samantha Lynn Rivera
Tiffany Jade Soriano
Skylar Ray Ling Winslow
It is important to stress that the Catholic
Church is not against all forms of stem cell
research. The Church opposes only those
methods that involve the destruction of a
human life, such as embryonic stem cell research.
There are methods of obtaining human stem cells from
adults, and in fact the federal government has spent
hundreds of millions of dollars funding that research.
Stem cells from the placenta, bone marrow, and the
umbilical cord are already being used to treat leukemia.
Researchers have also had some success treating
juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injury, immune deficiency
and corneal damage with adult stem cells.
This is a growing field of research that may one day
yield great medical fruits without involving the grave
ethical and moral problems of embryonic stem cell
research. The Church has consistently taught that human
life must be respected from the moment of conception.
From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have
opposed abortion. The Didache, the Church’s oldest
teaching manual, was written around 90 A.D. It
condemned both abortion and infanticide: “You shall not
kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the
newborn to perish.”
An early Christian philosopher named Athenagoras
wrote to the Roman emperor in 175 A.D.: “For we regard
the fetus in the womb as a created being and therefore an
object of God’s care.” So strong is this prohibition that
the Church stresses that even if a killing (abortion) was
with the intention of helping another, the killing of an
innocent human being is an absolutely unacceptable act.
Science has revealed that the embryo from the
moment of conception has the entire genetic makeup of a
unique human life, distinct from both father and mother.
The embryo is not an organ, like an appendix, or a
cellular blob without purpose or plan. It is completely and
fully human in its innermost being, and it needs only time
to grow and develop into a recognizable human person.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and
before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
From “What the Church Teaches” Our Sunday
Stand Up for Life, Sunday October 2 from 2- 3:30PM
On Respect Life Sunday the LI Coalition for life will be
sponsoring the 8th annual Stand Up for Life event which
will be held at Route 110 and Route 25 in Huntington.
Please join in this peaceful, prayerful witness to show
respect for all human life.
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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.
School packets have been
mailed. Please refer to the
enclosed information in
regard to the opening of
school. We’ll see you on
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.
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!
The Parish offices
will be closed for
Labor Day on Monday
Mark Your Calendars
August 27 Right to Life Newsletter Folding
August 29 Rosary (on the lawn) 7PM
Sept 5 Labor Day
Sept 7 School Opens
Sept 11 9/11 Memorial Mass 3PM
Sept 17 & 18 Plant Sale
Sept 23 & 24 Vegas
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
Please help us to recognize
those who have served
and those who are serving
our country by
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.
Around The Parish
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Trip to Shea Stadium on Tuesday, August 30th,
Mets vs Phillies. Tickets are $40 per person includes snacks, coach bus & reserved
Mezzanine seating. Departs from Church parking lot at 4:30PM. To reserve tickets,
call the Parish office at 737-4388 on Monday. Pay on the bus (checks accepted)
Healing Mass offered by Msgr Michael Mozia, Friday, September 9th at 7:30PM at St Joseph
the Worker in East Patchogue. (Please bring water, oils, and salt, as there will be a blessing of
Women’s Enrichment Ministry at Holy Cross invites all women to join with us as we D-Well
in Possibility and explore the Story of The Woman at the Well on Saturday, September 24 from
10:45AM to 3:45PM. Boxed Lunch catered by “Elegant Eating”. Suggested Offering $20. For
more information call 265-2200.
17th Annual Mass for Deceased Children Saturday, September 10th at St Agnes Cathedral in
Rockville Centre at 11:30AM. Come early to inscribe child’s name in “The Book of Families”
Refreshments following Mass in the new parish center. All are welcome. For more information
Free Irish Classes begin 9/15/05 The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School’s new semester of
free, weekly Irish language classes begins Thursday, 9/15/05 in the AOH Hall at 27 Locust Ave
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.
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.
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 (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
St Joseph's Play Group
Calling all babies, toddlers and pre schoolers - Come meet new friends at the St Joseph’s Playgroup!
Bring your Mom, Dad, Grandparents or caregiver to Father Carew Hall on Friday, September 9th at 9:30 AM.
There you’ll meet other St Joseph’s families and spend an hour of fun with other children from birth to age 5.
For more information please call Sally Miller at 737-5120. Hope to see you there!
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
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!
Due to your tremendous generosity Outreach has
collected enough 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
forgotten. On their first day of school these
children will not be thinking about what they don’t
have, but rather they will be filled with the endless
possibilities the first day of school holds - thanks to
so many of you. God bless you.
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!!!