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

Loving Children

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






Karen Cronin, Rita Griffith, Edward Percesepe, Frank

Sheehan,John Bowden, our deceased soldiers and all of our


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

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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The gifts offered at our Masses this


Are Donated in Honor of

Stephanie Amore

Requested by

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

Fr. Mike

“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,


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

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our program.

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.


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


Weekly Offering

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

Parish Outreach

PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help

you. Please call 981-6888.

Religious Education

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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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

Visitor, 2001

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

September 7th!

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.

Plant Sale

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

September 5th.

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

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Catholic Ministries Appeal

St. Joseph’s by the Numbers






of Goal

72.2 %

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

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

call 516-536-6104.

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 ( 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 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 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!

A Big

Thank You!

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.

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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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