March 29, 2015

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
Let us build the City of God!
Our Mission:
We strive daily to be a community of believers, alive in
Christ. In our diversity and in a spirit of reconciliation,
we journey toward God. Our faith finds expression in
worship. Our live is the center of care for all people.
Our hope is the longed for promise of union with God,
and with each other, as we continue the mission of
proclaiming the Kingdom at St Joseph’s in Ronkonkoma.
Come pray with us!
Saturday: 5:00pm
7:00, 9:00, 10:30, Noon, & 5:00 PM
Weekdays: 7:00 & 9:00 AM* Saturday 8:00AM
*During School year Tuesday mass is at 8:45AM
Eucharistic Adoration:
Mondays 2:00 - 6:45 PM (except holidays)
First Friday 7:30—8:30 PM (Sacred Heart Devotion)
Rosary: Daily after 9:00 Mass
Reconciliation: Mon, Wed, Fri: after morning mass
Sat: after morning mass and 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Rev. Michael J Rieder, Pastor
Rev. Juniper J. Thomas Rev. Henry Leuthardt
Rev. Peter T. Liu (retired)
Dcn. James Altonji Dcn. Joseph Califano
Dcn. Michael DeBellis
Dcn. Frank Dell’Aglio
Dcn. Michael Devenney Dcn. William Dobbins
St Joseph Rectory Office
45 Church Street 588-8456
Fax 471-2569
Religious Education
35 Church Street 981-1805
Director: Mrs. Maryanne Trezza
Parish Outreach
2855 Pond Rd
Director: Mrs. Anne Kelly
St Joseph School
25 Church Street 588-4760
Principal: Mr. Richard Kuntzler
March 29, 2015 — Passion Sunday
March 29, 2015 — Passion (Palm) Sunday
Serving Your Sacramental Needs
Prayer and Devotion Opportunities
The Sacrament of Baptism
Our Lady of Fatima Devotion
The Sacrament is celebrated on Sundays at 1:30
PM. Parents, please call the parish office to arrange
a meeting with one of our priests or deacons to
begin to make arrangements.
Our Lady came to Fatima with a message from God
to every man, woman and child. She promised that
the whole world would be at peace, and that many
souls would go to heaven if her requests were
listened to and obeyed.
In response to her requests, the First Saturday of
each month is devoted to Our Lady of Fatima. This
devotion includes 8:00 AM mass, a novena to Our
Lady of Fatima, the Rosary, the opportunity to
celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and
fellowship in Carew hall at 9:00 AM.
All are welcome at this devotion.
The Sacrament of Eucharist
See front cover for mass times. If you are sick for
an extended period of time or are homebound,
please contact the parish office to arrange to have
someone bring Communion to you.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
School aged children can prepare for this Sacrament
by contacting our religious Education office. Adults
or older teens who have yet to be Confirmed should
contact the Parish Office
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
As listed on front cover or call rectory for an
appointment with one of our priests.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
This Sacrament is for the living. We celebrate this
Sacrament each Spring and Fall for those who are
chronically ill, advanced in age, or who are about to
undergo surgery or hospitalization. We can arrange
the Sacrament at other times by calling the Parish
Emergencies: call the office to arrange a visit from
a priest.
Nighttime emergencies
(631) 585-1130
The Sacrament of Matrimony
Bride or Groom please call the office at least six
months before your desired wedding date to begin
preparations for marriage. Please make contact with
the parish before making other wedding day plans!
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Anyone who is feeling called to service in the
church as a priest deacon or in consecrated religious
life should contact the parish office to speak to one
of the priests or deacons for guidance.
Interested in possibly becoming Catholic?
Please contact the rectory to arrange a meeting to
discuss your questions. We have regular classes to
help people learn about the faith and decide if
becoming Catholic is what you and God want for
you right now. This whole process of inquiry and
potential conversion is called RCIA—The Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults.
St Joseph Parish Monthly Recollection
On the First Friday of every month, at 7:30 PM we
hold our Monthly Parish Recollection. This is an
hour of prayer (recollection) before our Lord present
in the Blessed Sacrament—whose heart is the
source of immense charity and generous love.
The foundation of this prayer is God’s presence in
our souls as Creator, Preserver, and Author of all
Graces (“In Him we live and move and have our
being.” Acts 17:28). God is our Father and our
Friend and is our sweet Guest.
We are called to acknowledge this great truth: God
is in each of us, our soul is His Temple.
This evening of recollection includes Exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Psalms, Silence,
a Gospel reading and a reflection on many topics
including: the Cardinal Virtues of prudence, justice,
temperance, and fortitude; The Theological Virtues
of faith, hope and love; The gifts of the Holy Spirit:
knowledge, piety and awe & wonder in God’s
presence. The evening ends with Benediction.
Every soul, hungry and thirsty for God, is invited
to this holy hour every First Friday of the month to
adore, venerate and contemplate the Sacred Heart
of Jesus and to have a quiet dialogue with God.
St Joseph Men’s Prayer Group
We meet every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM in the
Church where we pray the Rosary.
Afterward we move to the main vestibule for coffee,
donuts and fellowship.
This is a great opportunity to be strengthened in
your commitment as a Catholic man just by
spending time with others like you!
March 29, 2015
Additional Parish and School Contact
Parish Website:
School Website:
E-mail addresses
[email protected]
[email protected]
Religious Ed: [email protected]
[email protected]
Parish Trustees
Robert Koepper
Walter Poggi
Business Manager
Deacon Michael DeBellis
Music Ministry
Michael Keller, Director
Ann DeBellis, 9:00 Choir
Rectory Hours
Monday thru Friday 9:00 - 5:00 (closed for lunch
12:00 - 1:15)
Saturday 9:00 - 5:00 (closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:15)
Sunday 9:00 - 12:00
Altar Bread & Wine
In Loving Memory of
Mae Rau
Requested by
Ann Festa
Today’s first reading describes the Suffering
Servant faithfully carrying out his duties while being
subject to mistreatment, all done in obedience to
God’s will. The second reading speaks of the
obedience of Jesus to the will of the Father. He was
obedient, even unto death. In the Gospel, we hear
of the Passion and death of Jesus.
Mass Intentions for the Week
Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday)
Cornelius J. Dunleavy (Loving Wife Anne)
Billy Hubbard & Bill & Rita Hubbard (Janine &
Rich Hubbard
10:30 Emma Bonilla (Loving Family), Barbara Lenz
Lorraine Ciserano)
12:00 Vincent Galluccio (Loving Family), Ann Neibel
(Frank & Connie Testagrose & Family)
5:00 Isabelle Gentile & Regina Rihtaric (Jackie & Lenore)
Monday, March 30
7:00 Janet Wilson (M. & Mrs. Amatulle), Joseph
Dobbins (DonnaMarie Priolo)
Theresa DeFilippo (Marie DeFilippo), Norman
Weber (Linda Weber)
Tuesday, March 31
7:00 Intentions of the Celebrant
8:45 All Souls in Purgatory (Dcn. Frank Dell’Aglio),
George Harkins (Loving Family)
Wednesday, April 1
7:00 For the People of the Parish
9:00 George J. Raab Jr. (Loving Family), Mary Tantone
(Loving Husband)
Thursday, April 2 (Holy Thursday)
9:00 Morning Prayer
7:30 Mass of the Lords Supper
Friday, April 3 (Good Friday)
9:00 Morning Prayer
12:00 7 Last Words
3:00 Liturgy of the Passion
7:30 Stations (Living)
Saturday, April 4 (Holy Saturday)
9:00 Morning Prayer (Blessing of Food)
7:30 Vigil Mass (Easter Mass Intentions)
Sunday, April 5 (Easter Sunday)
Easter Mass Intentions
In every parish, many people want to have their loved ones remembered at Easter Mass. The difficulty is that there are
more intentions than there are scheduled masses so many parishes do what St Joseph Parish has done for years - we do
not give any individual the opportunity to have a mass intention and instead we celebrate all the Easter Masses for the
people of the parish.
This year we are going to try something different
I have learned from other parishes that another way to respond to the great desire for Easter Mass intentions is to do
what we do with All Souls Day. Beginning this year we will have Multiple Mass Intentions for Easter (just like we did
at Christmas). The request for an intention is simple. There are yellow Easter Mass Intentions envelopes available in the
church. All you have to do is write the names of the loved ones you want remembered on the envelope and drop it in the
basket or at the parish office. The priests will privately read the names and the intention envelopes will be placed on the
altar during all of our Easter Masses. Since there will most likely be too many names to read individually, the Prayer of
the Faithful will read, “For those remembered in our Easter Mass Intentions…”
I hope this gives many of you the opportunity to have your loved ones brought to the altar during our Easter masses.
Know that you are in our prayers always!
We need your thoughts…
It was announced earlier in Lent that our parish is facing some serious financial challenges. It was also announced that
same weekend that your pastor will not become a “money pastor” and that the answer to these challenges we face is to
grow and become the best Catholic parish we can be.
Here’s where we need your help. We have convened a new Parish Council whose responsibility is to help us to focus
our energies on growing in our hearts and in our numbers so that we can be the best parish we can be. We are currently
working on rediscovering and renaming our parish mission statement. This mission statement will keep us focused on
the work needed to build the City of God here in Ronkonkoma. You can help by reflecting on some of these questions
and giving us your written responses:
What kind of parish do we want to become?
As a parish what are our highest priority goals?
What unique talents, gifts, abilities, and other blessings are present in our parish?
When are we as a community happiest or most satisfied and fulfilled?
What do we want our community to look like, feel like, and sound like?
What kind of Christian community do we want to invite our friends to be part of?
What makes you want to be part of this community? What would make you want even more to be part of this
Please share your thoughts with us. Drop your responses off at the rectory! Thank you all!
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Respect Life
Weekly Offering
If passed these bills would legalize physician-assisted
suicide in New York State.
On 2/23/2015 the New York State Catholic Conference
published a “Memorandum of Opposition” to the
following bills recently introduced in the New York
State Legislature:
Note: “S”- is the prefix for a Senate bill and “A”-the
prefix for an Assembly bill.
S.3685 Savino/A.2129 Rosenthal/A.5261 Paulin - In
relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
The above-referenced bills would add a new section of the
Public Health Law to allow physicians to prescribe lethal
doses of medication for the express purpose of ending a
patient’s life. The New York State Catholic Conference
opposed these bills for the reasons outline below:
Legalizing physician-assisted suicide would:
Blur longstanding medical, moral and legal
distinctions between withdrawing extraordinary medical
assistance and taking active steps to destroy human life.
One lets people die a natural death; the other is the
deliberate and direct act of hastening death.
Undermine the physician’s role as healer, forever
alter the doctor-patient relationship, and lessen the quality
of care provided to patients at the end of life. Patients are
best served when medical professionals, together with
families and loved ones provide support and care with
dignity and respect, not lethal doses of drugs. The
American Medical Association holds a policy position
against physician-assisted suicide, which they say is
“fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role”
and would be “difficult or impossible to control.”
Part 2 of this Memorandum of Opposition will be printed
in this column on April 5.
Mark your calendar and reserve:
The N.Y.S. Right to Life "Life Lobby Day" Wed. April 29
invites all. To reserve on the bus call 631-758-2093.
Donation $15. Also, call NYSRTL 518-434-1293 to
register (no reg. fee). Home approx. 7 PM.
Fiscal Year Beginning 9/1/2014 - 8/31/15
Sunday, March 22, 2015 Offering
(Includes Faith Direct ($1,901)
Last Year
Poor Box Last Week
*Pay Down Debt Donations
This Month $ 6,563
Total Funds
Less Payments made to RVC 425,000
Fund Balance $30,523
RVC Loan
Less Payment
*Includes Faith Direct Collections for March
(77 Participating Households)
If you missed last week , please try to make it up this
week. Thank you.
Envelope users : Please enter the amount of your donation on
the envelope in the space provided. This will be a big help to
us when counting the collection. Also, it is not necessary to
tape or staple the envelope closed. Your help is appreciated.
Thank you,
Deacon Mike DeBellis
Thank you and God Bless You Always,
Fr. Mike
Victorian Tea
The Catholic Daughters,
Court St. Joseph 975 is
hosting a Victorian Tea
on Sunday, April 19th
at 1:00 PM in Carew
Hall. Admission $10.
Raffles and Best Old Fashioned Hat Contest. For
more information call 631-588-0168 or 631-5851892.
Pray for the Sick
Lynn Abe-Zaid
Louise Alessandro
Frank Ambrosio
Philip Ambrosio
Olivia Bender
Anthony Bernardo
Janet Belz
Mary Ann Bonitz
Elaine Catenaccio
Louise Cipolla
Martin Condit
Cathy Connolly
Eileen Cross
Rick Crotta
Csaba Csaszar
Joanne DeBellis
Michael DePinto
Christine DiFilippo
Eva Dayton
Sharon T. Eichler
Lois & Michael Emma
Sally & Phil Enright
Donna Evers
Jason Falco
Philip Fava
Amelia Fava
Helen Fenyak
Mary & Frank Ferrigno
Robert Filce
Roseanne Gabriel
Patricia Geiser
Loretta Gerstner
Michael Heuler
Jasper & Margaret Indelicato
Richard & Thomas Jankay
Joseph Karpf
K>evin Krivacsy
MaryJo L’Ambrose
Alfred LaRocca
Kevin Latini
Grace Loud
Louis Lopez
Ida Lucivero
Vito Lucivero
Agnes Ludwigson
Carolyn Martins
Pamela Makely
Andrea Maloney
Isabel McAdams
Maureen Melchiona
Helene Nieswandt
Joseph Nicosia
Joanora O’Donnell
Joseph Olivieri
Helen Onufrak
Anna Pepe
Eileen Perrino
Barbara Petersen
Dorothy Pistritto
Joan Plouffe
Donna Marie Priolo
Nicole Ramaglia
Ruby Rivera
Evelyn Rosario
Mary Ann Rossi
Angela Russo
Mary Ann Russo
Ann Sabourin
Norma Salazar
Dawn Saporito
Denise Savage Harper
Ben Scannella
Krista & Nancy Schramm
Nancy Schramm
Maryann Schaudel
Jamie Smith
Abe Stegman
Angela Stoner
Matthew Swenson
Richard Tizzard
Analea Torborg
Richard Troiano
Lloyd Turnier
Regina Turnier
Anna Urizzo
Peter Wrins
Joseph Yasso
Richard Zwirblis
Pray for Our Troops
PFC Eric Lange, USMC
SGT Deborah Alfieri
SGT Matthew Altonji
SPC Andrew Altonji
LCPL Matthew Balestrieri, USMC
TSGT Louis Barletta
LT Michael-Jon Bonacorsa
LCPL John Brown
PFC Justin Browne
LTCOL James Cersosimo
CPL Glenn Clacher
SPC Thomas E. Corcoran
SPC Jason Crawford
CPT Edward Cuevas
PFC John B Cuneo
CPT Ryan Delaney
TSGT Timothy Dermody
SGT Stephen DiGirolamo
SSGT Tony Elliott
LT Kelly Fletcher
SPC Adam Franciosa
CPT Mark Gillman
CPL RJ Hartmann
MAJ Sean P Kilkenny
CW2 Steven Knight
LCPL William Langdon
SPC Christopher Leone
SGT Wade Lynch
MAJ Kevin McCue
PVT Thomas B McGinn
SGT Patrick McNally
PFC William Meyer
CPL Brian G Meyer
CPO Gregory Migliore
SGT Glenn Miller
LT Heather Miras
SPC4 George Monica
SPC4 John Monica
SGT Daniel Montville
GYSGT Brian Moran, USMC
LTCOL Gregory Mueller, USMC
LCPL Thomas Napolitano
LCPL Michael Napolitano
LCPL James Neubauer
SGT Brian Pacell
CPT Stephen Bartoszak
PFC Matthew Pandolfi
SFC James Munro Army
CPT Michael Parisi
2LT Anthony Parisi
MAJ Paul E Pinaud
CTR2 Matthew Pistritto
LT David A Rewkowski
SGT Edwin Rivera, II
SGT Anthony M Sbrocco, USMC
SSGT Jason Schiavo
LCPL W. Mason Shehan
SSGT Timothy McGoyne
SPC James Stanek
EO3 Taylor Taranto
MM3 Gregory Taranto
PFC Greg Terrish
SGT Jason Tulowitzki
SGT John Thomas Vogt
CPL Brandon Waldon
SGT Randolph Weaver
MSTR Robert Casey
ILT Richard Lutz
SPC Darian L. Clark/Army
SAMN Bill Ried
CPL Michael Casonova
SPEC4 David Cooper
ENS Michael Cristiano, USN
SGT Brian P. O’Leary
PFC Gregory Caplan
MPS Timothy Caplan
E6PO1 Gerard McGarrity
LT John Cox II
PFC Nicholas Barbieri
LCPL Jim A. Mock
SGT Maj. John A. Krumholz
LCPL Joseph R. DeGroot, USMC
RCT Dustin A. Whitton, USMC
SPC Peter Reilly
SMAN T.J. Waldhauser, US Navy
LCPL Brian Kolarik, USMC
PVT Chris Dorn, Army
SSGT Ray C. Sigman ll
CPL Sean Rainone, USMC
SGT Thomas Lupo
SSGT Mike Hengerle, USMC
Kelly R. Denimarck ENS Navy
SFC James Munro Army
CPL Kristen M. Saporito USMC
Captain Sean Lavigne USAF
LCPL Daniel Pfeifer USMC
MSGT Thomas J. Valentino USAF
CSM Lawrence Doughterty, USArmy
PFC Thomas Conran USArmy
SRA Matthew Maisano USAF
SPJonathan G. Romano USANG
PFC Daniel R. Hayes USMC
PFC Allecia N. Ahearn USMC
Lt. James Ciccarello US ARMY
Sal Evangelista, US ARMY
Nick Vicale SFC ARMY
PFC. Michael A. Davison USMC
CAPT. Glenn Miller
Doreen Brett, Giovanni Sposato
our deceased soldiers and all of our deceased relatives and friends.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Golden Wedding Jubilee
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, couples married 50 years or more
are invited to a special mass to be celebrated by Bishop William
Murphy at the Church of Saint Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville
and on Sunday, April 26th at the Church of Maria Regina in
Seaford. Both liturgies will begin at 2:30 PM. Couples may
register for ONE liturgy. Please pick up your registration card at
the rectory, fill it out and return it to the rectory in time to reach
the Diocese of Rockville Centre no later than April 6th and by
April 13th for the April 26th liturgy. Approximately one week
before the ceremony, information regarding the day will be mailed to you. There will be another
celebration in the fall for those who may find that more convenient. If you have any questions you
may call 516-678-5800, extension 207.
2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal
Comparison as of 3/17/2015
2014 Goal : $107,800
2015 Goal: $110,000
2014 Pledges #251
2015 Pledges #232
On this day, the Church celebrates Christ’s entrance
into Jerusalem to accomplish the Paschal Mystery
of His death and Resurrection. Hosanna to the Son
of David, blessed is He who comes in the name of
the Lord, the King of Israel.
Throughout Lent, we have prepared our hearts by
penance and charitable works.
Let us now enter into Holy Week with an open heart
as we hope to share in His resurrection.
2014 Amount Pledged $61,351
2015 Amount Pledged $58,798
2014 Percent of Goal 57%
2015 Percent of Goal 53.5%
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all
that He has done for me?
Make Checks payable to the Catholic Ministries Appeal
mail to PO Box 4000 Rockville Centre NY 11571-4000 or return to rectory
If you wish to use Credit Card please call: 516-379-5210 ext 2 or
Name: _________________________________________________________________
Pledge: $______ Payment: $______ Enclosed: $______ Bill me: Monthly or Quarterly
Parish: St. Joseph’s Ronkonkoma #146
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2014, 7:30pm
Fr. Carew Hall (lower Church)
This meeting is for parents of Level 7 and SR2 students enrolled
in the St. Joseph Parish Religious Education Program and Grade 7
students enrolled in St. Joseph Catholic School. Children do not attend.
At this meeting, parents receive the final preparation assignments for
Those preparing to celebrate Confirmation in the fall of 2015.
The materials will only be given to parents/guardians.
CATECHIST MEETING Monday March 30, 2015, 7:00pm, Fr. Carew Hall
If you have not turned in your year-end
Evaluation Form, please bring it to the meeting.
Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:15pm
Fr. Carew Hall (lower Church)
This is the closing session for Levels 6 & ST1 and
replaces the regular weekly class. Students are served food
items at this session. Contact the office at 631-981-1805
if your child has any food allergies.
REMINDER: level 6 & ST1 Confirmation Booklets are due the last week of March
Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:15pm
Fr. Carew Hall (lower Church)
This is the closing session for Levels 7 & ST2
and replaces the regular weekly class.
Calendar Club 2015
Congratulations to our Winners.
Thank you for your generous support!
Walter Poggi
George & Marie
Walter Poggi
Marty & Melanie
Nora Faretta
Fran & Al Yoli
Alice & Wolfgang
The McGarry
Mr. & Mrs. Roger
The Llerena
Mitchel Merida
Margaret Walsh
Debra Dziedzic
Anne Weber
Lenore & Ernie
Diane Thure
Joe Finnegan
Cheryl Marchese
Madelyn Haussner
Chinese Auction
Venturing Crew 777
Venturing Crew 777 (Sponsored by MacArthur
Business Alliance) will hold their 12th Annual Chinese
Auction on Saturday April 11th from 6-9 PM in Fr.
Carew Hall. Dessert will be served, and as always,
there will be plenty of fantastic items. Please come
out to support scouts. For tickets ($5), or if you
would like to make a donation, or have any
questions, please call 631-981-1399.
Anthony Armando Crecco
Zoey Layla DelValle
Jayden Eli Geralds
Alec Benjamin Negron
Miabella Lilly Rodriguez
Attention all boys and girls, 4th grade and up!
Do you want to grow in your relationship with God? Do you have a desire to assist the
parish community at prayer? You should consider being an Altar Server. The qualities of
a good altar server are the ability to follow directions and to think on your feet.
Would you like to be an altar server?
1. Are you in 4th grade or above?
2. Can you behave in a prayerful and attentive manner?
Join us for Altar Service Training in Carew Hall at 5:30 pm on:
March 24th or 26th session 2
April 7th or 9th session 3 (April 7th is held in the church)
April 14th or 16th (rain date)
Training is three sessions and will take about an hour each session. You may attend either Tuesday or
Thursday. Installation of New Servers will take place at weekend Masses on April 18th and 19th.
Many parishioners support St Joseph’s
in the weekly collection and in other ways
but are not listed in our census. We would
like to serve you better and make sure that
you are given proper credit for your
donations. If you do not receive mail from us,
you are probably not in our census.
Please send us the following information
and we will send you a census card.
Mark your Calendar
Pat Chapin, Director of Religious Education at Saint Thomas
More will offer another opportunity to come to an out of the way
place and experience God in the uniqueness of the Netherlands,
Belgium, Bruges and Paris. Each day we will spend some time
reflecting on the presence of God in the beauty of nature,
cathedrals, art and one another.
October 5-15, 2015
11 Days. 13 Meals: 9 Breakfasts. 4 Dinners
(Early Bird rate double room occupancy rate of $3,999 in effect
until April 13, 2015)
Call Pat Chapin for further information.
631- 981-4788 or 631-234-0397
[email protected]
Seats are limited and so it is first come, first served.
City, State, Zip:____________________________________
Phone:_________________ Cellphone:_________________
Would you like to receive contribution envelopes? _______
Would you like to contribute weekly or monthly? _______
Can you share your time or talent with our parish? ______
What would you like to do? _________________________
When is the best time to contact you? _________________
Please drop in the collection basket or bring to the office or mail to
St. Joseph R.C. Church, 45 Church St, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Catholic Daughters Meeting
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 7:15 PM
in Fr. Carew Hall.
Paschal Candle Memorials
If you would like to memorialize the Paschal Candle for the upcoming year
please fill out and return this form with your donation of $100 to the Rectory.
Paschal Candle Memorial
Parishioner ID#
In Memory Of:
To parishioners of Confirmation age or higher:
Are you reasonably comfortable addressing large groups?
Do you speak and read clearly – with confidence, strength,
passion, and certain knowledge of what you speak or say?
Do you feel a calling – a vocation – to become God's
instrument in proclaiming His Word to His people?
Do you believe you can truly bring Scripture alive to the
listener; and are you willing to spend a half-hour or more
in practice (before each assignment) to assure a smooth,
effective, and vibrant proclamation?
If your answer to all of the above is "Yes," then your
parish needs you!
On an evening in mid-March, a two-hour Lector Training
session will be held in the rectory.
Interested? Call Greg Walsh at 585-4524.
Outreach Ministry
Feinstein Matching Grant - This foundation will match
all donations made to the Outreach Program during the
months of March and April. The more of a donation you
send the more Feinstein money Outreach will get.
Dear Friend:
My name is Alan Shawn Feinstein. For the past 14 years, I
have been giving away $1 million each year to anti-hunger
agencies throughout the country.
This year, I am doing it again...whatever you donate to
OUTREACH, I will add money to it. The more you give,
the more of my $1 MILLION they’ll get – thanks to you!
Why am I doing this? Because I believe each of us was
put here on earth to do what we can to help those in need.
This letter is written because we feel that YOU believe
that, too. This has become the greatest grass roots campaign ever to fight hunger in our country. Your donation
makes you a partner in it with me!
I’m only here to
give you some support and to remind you of this: That all
that will matter to us someday is what we did while we
were here to help those who needed us.
Please give whatever you can– I will gladly add some of
my money to yours. Thank you for sharing my heart, and
the hope that-someday-no one will ever go hungry.
Sincerely Yours,
Alan Shawn Feinstein
Outreach Resources
Emergency Resources
Response of Suffolk County
Crisis Hotline
631-751-7620 or 631-751-7500 (hotline 24 hrs./7 days)
Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk—VIBS
Domestic/date violence, rape, sexual assault, & elder abuse
631-360-3730 or 631-360-3606 (24 hrs. hotline for domestic
violence and rape) or
Family Resources/Support Groups
Child Care Council of Suffolk
Family Service League of Suffolk County
Hope House Ministries
Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
631-666-8833 (hotline)
Islip Town Teen Parent Resource Center
The Retreat
Domestic Violence
631-329-2200 (hotline 24hrs/7 days shelter)
Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Project Hope Mothers’ Group
631-853-3035 (call for locations)
Brighter Tomorrows
Domestic Violence
Hotline (631)395-1800
Haven House/Bridges
Islip Hotline
Crisis Hotline: 631-277-4700
Alcoholics Anonymous
Runaway Hotline
631-549-8700, 1-800-621-4000
Gamblers Anonymous
American Red Cross, Suffolk County Chapter
Narcotics Anonymous
Child Abuse
1-800-342-3720 (24-Hr.)
HIV and Aids Teen Hotline
1-800-440-TEEN (fri./Sat. 6:30PM to Midnight)
Child Health Plus Information and Referral
1-800-522-5006 (24 Hr.)
St Joseph
Catholic Seniors
Psst! The word is out! St.
Joseph Catholic Seniors
are seeking new members
to join us on the 2nd and
4th Tuesday of each
month. Meetings are held at the St. Regis
Knights of Columbus on Pond Rd. at 11 am.
Stop by and be our guest for a cup of coffee or
tea or call Arlene at 648-3582 if you have any
Life Center of L.I. - Pregnancy Care
Birthright of Nassau/Suffolk
Al-Anon Suffolk County
[email protected]
St. Joseph Parish Outreach Center
e-mail — [email protected]
Parish Outreach
website —
Through your generosity we
were able to help more than
166 people throughout the
month of February. In these
tough economic times we
are seeing people of
increasing need. On their
behalf, we thank you for
sharing your own limited
resources with your brothers
and sisters. "Whenever
you did it for the least of
my people, you did it for
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 [email protected]
Pack, Troop, and Crew 272 have
a YEAR-ROUND scouting program.
CYO Sport Programs
Intramural (Coed, ages 4-16):
Gene 588-1879
Travel * (Boys)
Vinny 543-4100
Debbie 467-6174
Clinic Division (Coed Grades K-2) Henry 467-6091
Boys Grades 3-12)
Vinny 543-4100
Vinny 543-4100
Boys & Girls, Grades K-8
Soccer :
Intramural Boys & Girls(ages 3-13 ) Joe 585-0748
Travel (LIJSL):
Rob 721-8831
Dennis 467-6174
*Must register for the intramural program as well
Name of person who is ill
Person making this request:
Relationship to ill person
(Friends can be placed on the silent prayer list only)
Name, Rank and Branch of Service
Person making this request
Relationship to Soldier
(Friends can be placed on the silent prayer list only)
Venturing Events
In Carew Hall after 5:00 PM Mass
Venturing is open to men and women
age 14 through 20 who have graduated
from 8th Grade. This year's crew plan
is jam packed with interesting and fun activities here
at St. Joseph's and "off-campus" as well.
Come down to our meeting and check it out.
Visit our next meeting:
March 29th Tonight
April 12th
e-mail: [email protected]
phone: Advisor Mike Keller (631) 467-6468
What did you do this weekend?
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Psalm 62:7
Courtesy Announcements
Charismatic Prayer Meeting - at Our Lady of the Island Shrine the fourth Wednesday of each
month from 7- 9PM. Praise, worship & teaching. Contact the Shrine at 631-325-0661 for info.
Free Food for NY Seniors - The C.S.F.P. funded by USDA NYSDOH, and administered by
Catholic Charities is offering free food for 6 to 12 months post partum women, children from the
age of 5 up to their sixth birthday, and seniors age 60 and over, who are income-eligible. Gross
monthly income for seniors: Single Senior $1,174 or less or Senior Couple $1,579 or less. For
further information, and income guidelines for women & children in Nassau or Suffolk, please
call 631-491-4166 or 631-491-4156.
Professional Therapy - provided by NYS licensed therapists, are available to our parish & 148 other parishes. It is
provided by the Catholic Counseling Center which is independent of & not controlled or supervised by the parish or
diocese. Most insurance policies are honored. For information & appointment, call Dr. Giuliani at 243-2503 or visit our
website at
Spiritual Care Companion - Would you like to lean to become a Spiritual Care Companion sharing your time and
presence for hose hospitalized, living in nursing homes, homebound or adults with special needs? Catholic Health Services
of Long Island sponsors this free three-weekend training. Trainings: Saturday, March 14th, 28th and April 11th from 9:15 3:30. (Bring bag lunch). To register, please contact Carol Cella at (631) 465-6307 or Christine Torns at (631) 465-6306 or
Jo-Andrew D’Alessandro Accary at (631) 465-6308.