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					Page 2                                 St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
                    OUR LITURGY                                                MASS INTENTIONS
 Through the prophet Ezekiel, God promises to raise             Sunday, March 9, Fifth Sunday of Lent
  his people from the dead. Paul reminds us that we              7:00 Gerald Rourke requested by Dotty & Jerry Block
 must allow the Spirit of Christ to work in us if our            7:00 Isaura DeJesus requested by The Windishman Family
 mortal bodies are to share in the Resurrection. The             9:00 Anthony Vento requested by Virginia & John Magarian
                                                                 9:00 Agusta Croce requested by The Jaconetti Family
Gospel tells of the raising of Lazarus, clearly showing
                                                                10:30 Martha C Tedeschi requested by David & Melissa Tedeschi
             that Jesus is the Lord of Life.
                                                                10:30 Michael Garopolo requested by Elisa & Nicky
                                                                12:00 Tony Palmer requested by Mr & Mrs D’Aguanno
   ALTAR BREAD & WINE                                           12:00 Barbara Enzinger requested by The Families of Troop 272
          In Memory of                                           5:00 Eileen Rieder requested by Patty & Jerry Peters & Arthur Owen
                                                                 5:00 Catherine DeBellis requested by Mr & Mrs Daniel Ventola
        Requested by                                            Monday, March 10
                                                                 7:00 People of the Parish
                                                                 9:00 Anthony Avemian requested by Kenneth & Mary Hoever
                                                                 9:00 Barbara Barger requested by
                                                                                              Antonela, Christopher, Stephanie & Vivian
                                                                12:10 Theresa Bertucci requested by Loving Daughter & Family
  This Week                              Next Week              Tuesday, March 11
Fr Maffeo          5:00 PM            Fr Thomas                  7:00 Intentions of the Celebrant
                                                                 8:45 Anthony Vento requested by Alaina Annese
Fr Maffeo          7:00 AM            Fr Thomas
                                                                12:10 Jose Martins requested by Loving Family
Fr Maffeo          9:00 AM            Fr Maffeo
                                                                Wednesday, March 12
Fr Boyle          10:30 AM            Fr Boyle
                                                                 7:00 Alfred Croce requested by The Jaconetti Family
Fr Tapel          12:00 Noon          Fr Tapel                   9:00 Angelito Ding requested by Gil, Nita & Gilbert Abad
Fr Tapel           5:00 PM            Fr Boyle                   9:00 Diane Bergamino requested by Richard Ferry
 F ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP THE GIFTS AT THE MASSES ON     12:10 Simone Placco requested by The Mottola Family
ARRIVE FOR MASS.                                                Thursday, March 13
                                                                 7:00 LCPL Justin Aragones (living) requested by Mom
                                                                 9:00 Intentions of the Celebrant
                               The Feast                        12:10 Linda Macchio requested by Nicholas Placco
                                                                Friday, March 14

                                   of                            7:00 Intentions of the Celebrant
                                                                 9:00 Frank Pipino requested by Loving Sister & Family
                                                                 9:00 Pasquale DeVitto requested by Patricia Filosa
                              Saint Joseph                      12:10 Evelina San Jose requested by Al & Ella Villalon
                                                                Saturday, March 15, St Joseph, Husband of Mary
                                                                 8:00 James & Bridget Tonrey requested by Rita Devlin
On Saturday, March 8th we will be celebrating the                8:00 Rita & Bill Hubbard & Paul Shadlich requested by Loving Family
Feast of St Joseph - our parish’s patron saint - with a         12:00 St Joseph Feast Day Mass
dinner in Carew Hall following the 5PM Mass. While              Anticipated Mass for Sunday
there is no charge, reservations are necessary so please         5:00 Mary Dougherty requested by Gil & Rosemary Balkam
call the Rectory and leave your name, the number of              5:00 Brian Mcgee requested by Millie & Tom D’Agostino
people attending and your phone number.                         Sunday, March 16, Palm Sunday
                                                                 7:00 Rita Meehan requested by Rosemary, Matthew & Andrea Meehan
On Saturday, March 15th, the Feast of St Joseph,                 7:00   Arthur Brennan requested by Joseph W Fable & Family
                                                                 9:00   For An End To Abortion requested by Respect Life Committee
Husband of Mary we will celebrate Mass in his honor at
                                                                 9:00   Emma Bonilla requested by Loving Family
12 Noon. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join
                                                                10:30   Anna Kenny requested by Claire & Jim
                                                                10:30   Dcn Arnold Quaranta requested by Loving Family
                           Prayer:                              12:00   Joseph Wolanski & Mark Kurnowski requested by Loving Family
 Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over       12:00   Edward F Scott requested by Sue Scott
 the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help         5:00   Martha Camille Tedeschi requested by Susan Monteiro
  protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son.      5:00   Jimmy Kilanowski requested by Loving Family
                                              Sunday, December 31, 2006
                                                Sunday, March 9, 2008                                            Page 3

                                   FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
    As one reads the Gospel of John, especially the                 Resurrection begins with Him, for through Him all sin
accounts we have listened to for the past few weeks,                and darkness and the death that comes from them is
one could almost believe the people presented to us all             destroyed. He is telling her that the Resurrection is
come from the state of Missouri: you know The Show                  more powerful than even physical death and it brings
Me State. Missouri gets its nickname because the                    us to life on a totally different plain of existence.
people are known for not believing in something unless                 Jesus is showing Martha more about the role and
they see it! How is this true in John’s Gospel? Well                the mission of the Christ than she could ever imagine.
let’s look at the people he puts in our path.                       Yes, Martha acknowledges Jesus as the Christ and
    We start with the Woman at the Well from two weeks              the Son of God, but she does not truly know that
ago. She kind of understands a little, but only sees                Jesus is the Son of God. Her understanding of the
Jesus as a prophet and is bold enough even to debate                Son of God was the same that the people had for the
with Him about true worship and who the Messiah                     King or a prophet: after all, he was considered the
could be, It is not until Jesus tells her more about her            Son of God. This does not equal the understanding
own personal life that she realizes that Jesus is the               that we have when we say that Jesus is the Son of
Messiah and much more than a prophet. Last week in                  God, the 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity made flesh.
the account of the Man Born Blind, the leaders, the                 Of course after Jesus calls Lazarus from the tomb,
man’s parents and even the man at first do not under-               she began to understand more what Jesus was say-
stand who Jesus is and refuse to believe that He is                 ing and who it was who was doing the talking. So
from God: after all He cured the man on the Sabbath!                now Martha, do you believe because you have seen?
Only at the end of the account does the man under-                  How about you? Do you believe that Jesus is the
stand who Jesus is, but this only happens when Jesus                Resurrection and that all who believe in Him will never
asked him if he believes in the Son of Man.                         die? Or are you also from Missouri ? Just remember
    And now we come to today’s reading and the marvel-              what Jesus tells us later on in John’s Gospel when he
ous account of calling Lazarus from the dead. Without               talks to Thomas a week after Easter. Thomas you
a doubt this event is a foreshadowing of what will                  believe because you have seen, blessed are those
happen on the first Easter. But it is only a foreshadow-            who believe without seeing. Faith actually is far
ing because the rising of Lazarus was a mere                        superior to seeing and it reveals to us much more
resuscitation, while Jesus rising from the dead was and             than we can see with our eyes.
is a complete Transformation. While this is certainly                   Please look for the schedule of Holy Week Masses
true, there is more being said in this account and we               and Services in the bulletin and make an effort to
see this in the dialogue between Jesus and Martha. It is            attend most of the services if you can, especially the
here that we see Martha could have lived in the Mid-                Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday
West instead of in the Middle East. When Jesus tells                Evening at 7:30 PM, the Service of the Lord’s
her that her brother will rise again she says, “I know he           Passion on Good Friday Afternoon at 3 PM
will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Well how            (preceded at 12 Noon with the 7 Last Words of
does this fit in to her saying “seeing is believing?”               Christ and then followed that Evening with the
Many believe this because she could have thought that               Living Stations of the Cross portrayed by the
Jesus was just being kind to her, saying the words that             young people of the parish), and the Great Vigil
anybody would when they talk to someone who just lost               of Easter on Holy Saturday Evening at 7:30 PM.
a loved one. After all, this is what a lot of us do when            Also know that next Monday March 17th, we will be
we try to comfort someone in the same situation.                    celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation from
    But, Jesus is telling her something more when He                4-5 PM and 7-8:30 PM (plus the usual morning
tells her “your brother will rise again”, and when He               confessions following the 7 and 9 AM Masses).
says, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever                                          Happy Lent
believes in me, even if he dies will live, and every-                                          Fr. Mike
one who lives and believes in me will never die.”
Jesus is telling her the deeper meaning behind the
Resurrection, more than what the Jewish people of the
time understood. The Resurrection is not just a
continuation of this life only in Heaven; no it is a new
life, a life in Spirit and in truth, a life free from sin. A life
that is available, in a sense, right now because of
Jesus. For Jesus is telling her and us that the
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                 REMEMBER OUR SICK                                                  PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS
                                                                            SGT Deborah Alfieri                     SGT Glenn Miller
Al Barone                               Rose Malinowski                     PFC Matthew Altonji                     2LT Heather Miras
Samuel Joseph Baxter                    Bill Mangan                         LCPL Justin Aragones                    SGT Daniel Montville
Edmond Blinn                            Marie Mangan                        TSGT Louis Barletta                     SSGT Brian Moran
Oliver Bouchard                         Anthony Martinez                    2LT Stephen Bartoszak                   MAJ Gregory Mueller
                                                                            LT Michael-Jon Bonacorsa                LCPL Thomas Napolitano
Elsie Bratisax                          Barbara Mooney
                                                                            LCPL John Brown                         LCPL Michael Napolitano
Ronald Cassidy                          Catherine Mytko                     PFC Justin Browne                       PVT Todd Nelson
Kathy Cunningham                        James O'Donnell                     LTCOL James Cersosimo                   LCPL James Neubauer
Michael DePinto                         Ann Sue Pasquarella                 CPL Glenn Clacher                       LCPL Anthony Notaroberta
Nesam Devaraj                           Richard Pasquarella                 SPC Thomas E. Corcoran                  PVT James Notaroberta
Brian Devereux                          Grace C Peshkur                     SPC Jason Crawford                      SGT Brian Pacella
                                                                            CPT Edward Cuevas                       N/Seal Paul Padro
John Dwyer                              Anna Plude
                                                                            PFC John B Cuneo                        ENS3 Lucy Padro
Louis Fava                              Nicole Ramaglia                     SGT Ryan Delaney                        CPT Michael Parisi
Paul Feltman                            John Reynolds                       TSGT Timothy Dermody                    2LT Anthony Parisi
Paul Feltman                            Louis Russo                         LTCOL Kurt Diehl                        MAJ Paul E Pinaud
Robert Filce                            Dawn Saporito                       SGT Stephen Gene DiGirolamo             CTR2 Matthew Pistritto
                                                                            SSGT Tony Elliott                       LT David A Rewkowski
Ann Fortunato                           Louise Schaaf
                                                                            LT Kelly Fletcher                       SGT Edwin Rivera, II
Richard Franzone                        Margie Sempey Mytko                 SPC Adam Franciosa                      LCPL William R Rodgers
Margaret Gunn                           Darryll Smith                       CPT Mark Gillman                        LCPL Anthony M Sbrocco
Kyle Heffron                            Ken Stokes                          CPT Evan Gotkin                         SSGT Jason Schiavo
Jane Keaveny                            Stacie Tizzard                      RCT RJ Hartmann                         CPL Brian Schildt
                                                                            AB J.R. Kay                             LCPL W.Mason Shehan
Vincent Keaveny                         Alessandro Treglia
                                                                            SGT John W Keohane                      SPC James Stanek
Cheryle Kijik                           Lloyd Turnier                       SSGT Steven Knight                      PVT Erica Sweeney
Nancy Klemm                             Patricia Vasiento                   CPL Andrew Kochman                      PFC Greg Terrish
Krystyna Kuras                          Philip Weiner                       PFC Thomas J Lupo                       CPL Jason Tulowitzki
                                                                            SGT Wade Lynch                          SSGT Nick Vicale
                                                                            LCPL Marshall                           SGT John Thomas Vogt
PLEASE NOTE: To keep our prayer list current, we will keep                  PVT Thomas B McGinn                     LCPL Brandon Waldon
names on the sick list for two months. We ask families to return            SGT Patrick McNally                     SGT Randolph Weaver
the bulletin cut-out to include names of those who are ill for an-          PFC William Meyer                       2LT John Wolven
other two months.                                                           CPO Gregory Migliore

                                                                            If you would like to include a soldier from your family who is serving,
                                                                            please fill out the cut out below & put it in the collection basket.
                REMEMBERING THE SICK
Please include the following in the bulletin sick list:                                    REMEMBERING OUR TROOPS
       ______________________________                                       Please include the following soldier in your prayers :
                        Name of person who is ill:
_____________________________                  ____________________                           Name, Rank and Branch of Service
Person making this request:                    Relationship to ill person   _____________________________           ____________________
                                                                            Person making this request:               Relationship to Soldier
Your Phone #: _____________________
    (Please place in collection basket or return to Church Office)          Your Phone #: _____________________
        (Friends can be placed on the silent prayer list only)                       (Friends can be placed on the silent prayer list only)

                                                          REMEMBER OUR DEAD
                          Nunzio Liberti, 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
                                                           Sunday, March 2, 2008                                             Page 5

         Religious Education                                                        St Joseph’s School
Office Hours are:
                                                                             Registration is Open for the Fall 2008
     9 - 4 on Monday & Thursday                                             School Year! Please contact the
  10 - 4 on Tuesday & Wednesday
                                                                            school office for more information.
                                                                            Our phone number is 588-4760.
              Level 1 Activity March 10th in the
   Auditorium. Please come at your assigned time.                           Thank you to all who helped with our
 Please pick up your 2008/09 Registration Forms from                        Unity Sunday events. It was a great success.
             your child’s class this week.
There are no Religious Ed. classes the week of                              Get your tickets quick for our March Madness eve-
 March 17th, Holy Week or March 27th, Spring                                ning! This year we have great fun planned. We
                    Break.                                                  responded to your requests for raffles, dinner and
                                                                            baskets without the fashions. Please show your sup-
                                                                            port and purchase your tickets quickly.

                                                                            Come show your support of our school and parish.
                      David James DiLeo, Jr.                                Join us this afternoon as our students and families
                                                                            march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. You can
                                                                            march with us or cheer us as we pass! Come for a
              STATIONS OF THE CROSS                                         great afternoon.
 Recalling the Passion of Our Lord Jesus during Lent is a tradi-
 tion dating back to the early days of Christianity. One of the
 ways we recall Jesus’ ordeal is by praying the Stations of the                        OUTREACH
 Cross. Join us each Friday during Lent at 7:30 PM in the
 Church as our Deacons lead us in praying the Stations.

                                                                            Feinstein Matching Grant - This foundation will
       Share Your Time and Talent                                           match all donations made to the Outreach Program
                                                                            during the months of March and April. The more of a
               in Ministry                                                  donation you send the more Feinstein money Outreach
                                                                            will get.
       Ushering, The Ministry of Hospitality
                                                                            Dear Friend:
Do you have a engaging smile? Do you like to have family and                     My name is Alan Shawn Feinstein. For the past 10
friends visit your home and make them feel welcome, safe, and               years, I have been giving away $1 million each year to
comfortable? If your answer is YES, then we really need your
                                                                            anti-hunger agencies throughout the country.
help in doing the same for the friends and family who come each
week to this parish home to gather around the Lord’s table. Call
                                                                                 This year, I am doing it again...WHATEVER YOU
the Rectory or e-mail if you are the per-               DONATE TO OUTREACH, I WILL ADD MONEY TO
son we need. Help is especially needed at 5 PM Masses.                      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.
  There is an urgent need for Extraor-                                      This letter is written because we feel that YOU believe that,
  dinary Ministers of the Eucharist to                                      too. This has become the greatest grass roots campaign ever
                                                                            to fight hunger in our country. Your donation makes you a
  bring communion to the home-                                              partner in it with me!
  bound. If you can serve, please call                                            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
  the rectory at 588-8456.                                                  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
Decorating the Church for Easter —————                                      the hope that-someday-no one will ever go hungry.
Let’s get together to decorate for the biggest holiday of the Church year                                          Sincerely Yours,
on Saturday, March 22nd, at 10:30 AM. ALL ARE WELCOME!                                                             Alan Shawn Feinstein
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                            RESPECT LIFE                                               Weekly Offering

                   The New York State Right to Life newsletter         Sunday, March 2, 2008 Offerings              $19,867
               has assembled a timeline regarding the pro-life           Same collection last year                   19,751
               movement – showing where we have been, be-
                                                                       Poor Box last weekend                $636
               ginning in 1967 when the NYS Right to Life is
founded by citizens concerned with the proposed bill which                         Fuel Collection                   $8,726
would legalize abortion in New York State – yes, that long                      Same time last year                   9,141
ago – and up to where we are today, after working to change
hearts & minds for over 40 years. Last time, here in this space            Weekly Budget Amount    $18,125
we recounted the years 1967 to 1989. Now let’s go to the year              Last Week’s Collection   19,867
1992.                                                                                     Overage $ 1,742
1992 - In Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, the Supreme Court                     Snow Removal Collection      $1,312
upholds the requirements of a 24-hour waiting period, manda-                          Last Year             1,690
tory anti-abortion counseling, & parental consent for minors.
Justices also rule that states may not place substantial obsta-     Thank you for your generous response to the appeal
cles in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.                                    for increased giving.
Abortionist Martin Haskell describes the technique later called                   God Bless You Always, Fr Mike
partial-birth abortion. (Which is exactly what it is; baby par-
tially delivered, then killed by the abortionist.)
1993 - President Clinton reverses years of pro-life progress by                 Banns of Marriage
issuing executive orders reversing the “Mexico City Policy”,
negating the ban on funding for fetal tissue transplants, order-                       (Second Time)
ing military hospitals to perform abortions, & asking the FDA       Kerry McHugh of St Joseph’s and
to “review” the import ban on RU-486,
                                                                                     Paul Schott of Assumption
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Clintons plan to in-
clude coverage for elective abortion in their massive health        Lisa Milito of St Joseph’s and
care plan that they intend to propose to Congress later in the                       Russell Gennett of Clermont, Florida
year.                                                               Trina Forgione of St Joseph’s and
The Clinton Administration announces that the International                          Thomas Walsh of Christ the King
Planned Parenthood Federation will receive $75 million over         Amy Pavone of St Joseph’s and
the next five years.
                                                                                Frederick Hissiger of St Sylvester’s, Bklyn
1994 - The Population Council announces that testing of RU-
486 is underway in the United States.
                                                                    Mary Garrecht of St Joseph’s and
1995 - Pope John Paul II publishes the encyclical The Gospel                          Sean Walsh of Church of the Resurrection
of Life, a call to commitment & action in defense of human
life.                                                               Saturday, March 15, at 9AM St. Joseph Respect Life
Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade tells a na-           meeting will be held in Meeting Room A in the Rectory
tionwide audience on Nightline that she rejects abortion & the      basement. All are invited for coffee and to review upcom-
pro-abortion movement, & now supports the right to life of          ing pro-life activities, for which volunteers are needed. For
unborn children.                                                    information you may call Marie Mawn at 631-588-0168 or
The U.S. House passes the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the       Anthony Catalano at 631-724-8586
first federal bill since Roe v. Wade to ban one type of abor-
tion, by a vote of 288-139. The U.S. Senate passes the Partial-
Birth Abortion Ban Act, 54-44.
1996 - President Clinton issues his first veto of the Partial-
                                                                       Mark Your Calendars
Birth Abortion Ban Act.
The FDA declares RU 486 approvable.                                 Mar 9        St Patrick’s Day Parade
1997 - President Clinton vetoes the ban on partial birth abor-      Mar 14       Gospel Study 10-11:30 AM Carew Hall
tions for the second time.
                                                                    Mar 14       Stations of the Cross 7:30 PM Church
Next time here, look for the last ten years of milestones in this
battle                                                              Mar 15       St Joseph Husband of Mary - Feast Day
                                                                                 Mass & Blessing of Bread 12:00 Church
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help                      Mar 16       Palm Sunday
you. Please call 981-6888.                                          Mar 17       Reconciliation 4-5 PM, 7-8:30PM Church
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                   2008 Catholic Ministries Appeal
                    The Hands of Christ-Supporting the Community Around Us

        TOTALS for the 2007 APPEAL                                      CATHOLIC CHARITIES
                                                                        Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville
Parish Goal:                              $83,700                   Centre provides a wide range of services to
                                                                    approximately 60,000 Long Islanders each year, as
Number of Pledges:                          458                     it strives to bring God’s healing love to the poor
Total Amount Pledged:                     $88,025                   and vulnerable among us.
Total Amount Paid:                        $85,705                       These services are designed to help people with
                                                                    many of their most critical needs, such as helping a
Amount Over Goal:                         $ 2,005                   senior citizen find safe and affordable housing, or
Parish Rebate:                            $18,162                   providing a disadvantaged family with access to
                                                                    nutritious food and health care, or by developing
                2008 TO DATE                                        residential services for children and adolescents
                                                                    who suffer from serious emotional difficulties, or
Goal:                                     $89,616
                                                                    helping a young, frightened, teenaged mother-to-be
Number of Pledges:                            200                   become prepared and equipped to be a loving and
Amount Pledged:                           $42,403                   effective parent.
                                                                        Catholic Charities operates 14 programs of
                                                                    service including more than 60 sites from Elmont
                                                                    to the East End and works closely with more than
                                                                    100 of our parishes’ social ministries, helping them
                                                                    develop their own local programs of service. The
                                                                    Catholic Ministries Appeal provides 22 percent of
                                                                    all dollars raised to ensure the continuation and
                                                                    expansion of these vital services and programs.

                 Please consider what you can do to make this campaign successful.

Please make your check payable to:                                  Pledge:            $_________
Catholic Ministries Appeal                                          Down Payment: $_________
                                                                    Balance:           $_________
Parish:        _______
                                                                           Payment Plan:
Name:        ________________________                                     □Monthly     □ Quarterly
Address: ______________________ _                                         □Annually    □ Other
City, State, Zip: ______________________
Phone:___________________ Donor Signature: ______________________ Date __________

                           ** Pledges of $200 or more will be entered into a drawing. Five winners will
                                each receive an invitation for dinner for two with your parish priests!
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                                                                        Rules of Fast and Abstinence
                                                                  During the season of Lent the Church calls us to fast and
                                                                  abstain. The days of fast are Ash Wednesday and Good
                                                                  Friday. Fast means that those between the ages of 18 and
                                                                  59 limit themselves to one full meal and eat nothing
                                                                  between meals. The other meals on a fast day are light
                                                                  meals. All the Fridays of Lent, as well as Ash Wednesday
                                                                  and Good Friday, are also days of abstinence, which means
                                                                  that those 14 years of age and older are to abstain from
                                                                  eating meat.

                                   Daily Mass—A Lenten Tradition
 Monday through Friday 7AM, 9AM and 12:10 PM.                 Saturday at 8AM
 Sunday Masses remain the same at 5PM on Saturday, 7, 9 & 10:30 AM, 12 Noon and 5PM on Sunday

                                   The Sacrament of Reconciliation
 Daily as we pray the “Our Father “ we petition our God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
 against us.” These simple words recall the basic need that each of us has to experience forgiveness and to share it with
 others. As a faith community the Sacrament of Reconciliation has long served to seek forgiveness of God and to be rec-
 onciled with one another. Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation provides us with an encounter with our Compas-
 sionate God. Lent is an especially opportune time to experience God’s mercy in this sacramental way.

 The parish offers weekly celebrations of the sacrament each Monday, Wednesday & Friday after the 7 & 9 AM Masses
 and on Saturday after the 8AM Mass and from 4-4:45 PM.

 The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be celebrated at the following times:
 Monday of Holy Week - March 17 - after the 7 & 9 AM masses , 4-5PM and 7-8:30PM
 Wednesday of Holy Week - March 19 - after the 7 & 9AM masses

                                              Stations of the Cross
Recalling the Passion of our Lord Jesus during the season of Lent has nourished Catholics from the earliest days of
Christianity. One of the traditional ways in which we recall Jesus’ way of the cross is the praying of the Stations of the
Cross. Join us for the Stations on each of the following Fridays: March 14th, 21st.

                   Paschal Candle Memorials
 If you would like to memorialize the Paschal Candle for the upcoming year please fill out
              and return this tab with your payment of $100 to the Rectory.

In Memory of:_____________________________


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                                           Seven Last Words
Good Friday is a time of deep recollection and prayer. For centuries Christians have prayed over the Passion of the
Lord in many ways. As a parish community, On Good Friday at 12 Noon, our prayer service will be structured around
“The Seven Last Words” a very powerful and moving reflection presented by members of our parish family. Come
pray with us.

Palm Sunday
                                                               Good Friday
 Distribution of Palm                                            March 21st
     at all Masses
                                                               Morning Prayer
Saturday, March 15
                                                         Reflection on the Seven Last
Sunday, March 16
   7,9,10:30 AM                                                    3:00
      12 Noon                                          Commemoration of the Passion
      5:00PM                                            and Death of the Lord Jesus
                            Holy Thursday                    Stations of the Cross
                               March 20th

                                  9:00                                                      Holy Saturday
                             Morning Prayer                                                     March 22nd

                                  7:30 PM                                                          9:00
                            Mass of the Lord’s                                             Morning Prayer and
                            Supper followed by                                            Blessing of Easter food
                          Solemn Procession with                                               10-12 Noon
                         the Blessed Sacrament to                                          Confessions for those
                              the Repository                                               unable to attend other
                                11:00 PM                                                         services.
                          Closing of Repository                                                     7:30
                                                                                            Easter Vigil Liturgy
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             Building for                          It’s Time            Goal:               $200,000
              the Future                                                To Date:            $130,125

                                 We’ve begun, but we still need your help.
          As you can see, we are half way to our goal of funds needed to complete the projects we have
          been speaking of since last Spring. The convent has been torn down and all the debris has been
          carted away. Our next step is to permanently install the modular buildings we purchased to
          become our new Religious Education Office. This is made possible by the generosity of all
          parishioners, many of which have already responded. We thank those who have made a pledge or
          donation and we ask you to please help us in any way you can. Use the tear out below and drop it
          in the collection basket at mass or bring/mail to the rectory office at
                                45 Church St. Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. God Bless you.

                                 Yes, Fr. Mike, I want to Help St. Joseph’s

                       Finish the Restoration Projects and Build for the Future!

          Name: __________________________________ Phone# ________________

          Address:________________________________________ ID # ___________

          We welcome all pledges. If each family could make a pledge of $200 it would be
          greatly appreciated. All pledges are payable over the period of time you designate.

          Pledge Amount _______________ Amount Enclosed __________________

          I would like to make payments of $________ Monthly               Quarterly please circle one

          Fr. Mike, I authorize you to charge my credit card for $______ each month until the
          total of my pledge is paid in full.

          Credit Card Type: MC Visa American Express Other _________________
          Credit Card # ________-_______-_______-__________
          Security code # on back of card (3 or 4 digit #) ____Expiration Date ______

          Signature ______________________________________________________
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                               AND THE WINNERS ARE….
                                              March 2008
 Sun               Mon          Tue               Wed                  Thu               Fri           Sat
                                                                                                       1 $25
                                                                                                       # 28

 2 $50             3 $25        4 $25             5 $25                6 $25             7 $25         8 $25
  Robert Lingner    Thomas A     Diane Bonserio   John & Maria          Margaret Meyer    Jack Hough    Mr & Mrs
                   McCann                         Fausone                                              Edward Gabriel
 # 566             # 768        # 358             # 339                # 734             # 9           # 515

 9    $50          10   $25     11 $25            12   $25             13 $25            14 $25        15 $25

 16 $50            17   $25     18   $25          19 $50               20                21            22
                                                  Feast of St Joseph   Holy Thursday     Good Friday   Holy Saturday

 23 $200           24   $25     25   $25          26 $25               27 $25            28 $25        29 $25
  Easter Sunday

 30   $50          31 $25

                               The Calendar Club
Everyday for the next year we will draw one number. The owner of that number will win the prize for that
day. Then the number is put back into the mix for the next day’s drawing, giving you another opportunity
to WIN!          A donation of only $25 buys you 1 number and 362 chances to win.
                        A donation of $100 will buy you 1,810 chances to win!!!!!!
Your donation must accompany this form. The calendars will be mailed to you. . Thank you and Good Luck!

MAIL TO: St Joseph Church, 45 CHURCH STREET, RONKONKOMA, NY 11779-3301

MEMBERS NAME: ____________________________ ADDRESS: _______________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _________________
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                          Longing for the Peace of Christ

                              A Mass for Peace
                Marking the Fifth Anniversary of the Iraq War

                Please join us in praying for an end to the war,
             for the return of our troops and for the Iraqi people.

                        Celebrant: Reverend William Brisotti
                       Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church
                         1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch 11798
                           7:30 PM Tuesday, March 18, 2008

            Everyone is invited to participate in the procession of
                              Memorial Ribbons

                       Sponsored by Pax Christi Long Island

Directions to OLMM
From the Southern State Parkway: Take exit 36 North, proceed north on Straight Path about 1.5 miles. Make
a left at the traffic light (Levey Blvd.), pull into parking lot.
From the L.I.E. eastbound: Exit 50 is Bagatelle Road. Go right on Bagatelle, proceeding south 2 miles to
Main Avenue (flashing light). Turn left on Main Avenue. Go to end of Main turn right at Straight Path.
Cross railroad tracks. Church is half mile south of railroad track on right.
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                        For the Young at Heart
                                              YOUTH IN MINISTRY
                    Every Sunday at 5:00 PM, St. Joseph’s Parish offers a modern, upbeat, worship experience designed
                                                 especially for youth and their families.
                              Everyone in grades 7-12 is invited to participate.
                  We’re looking for:    Lectors    Ushers       Musicians/Singers         Altar Servers
                                         Eucharistic Ministers (Eucharistic ministers must be over 18)

                           For more information about joining Youth in Ministry, contact

              Venturing Events
   In Carew Hall after 5:00 PM Mass

Open to all young men & women from
9th grade to age 20. For info about
our crew or to join us, just visit one
of our meetings.                                                               Sport for all Seasons
                                                                              ST. JOSEPH CYO
We’ll be meeting each Sunday leading up to
Holy Week in order to prepare for Stations of
the Cross.
E-mail:                                    Intramural (Coed, ages 5-16): Gene          588-1879
Phone: Advisor Mike Keller   (631) 467-6468                     Travel * (Boys) : Vinny       467-3651       or
                                                                                  Tony        737-8136

              Cub Scout Pack 272                                Basketball:
                                                                Girls Intramural / Lower Division: Debbie    467-6174
              Boy Scout Troop 272
                                                                Girls Intramural / Upper Division: Dave      981-5513
          St. Joseph’s Cub Scout Pack 272 and Boy Scout
                         Troop 272                              Clinic Division (Coed Grades K-2) Henry      467-6091
have fun, exciting, educational, character building programs    Boys Intramural(Grades 3-12) : Henry        467-6091
      for boys, age 7 through 17 (first grade and up).          Travel* (Boys): Vinny       467-3651
      For more information or to enroll your child,
           contact Dr. Louis Scotti at 979-0060                 Track:
         or e-mail                   Boys & Girls, Grades K-8
                                                                Karen      588-8636 or Gina           676-6208

                              St Joseph's Play                  Soccer :
                                                                Intramural Boys & Girls(ages 4-12): Joe     737-6299
                                   Group                        Travel (LIJSL): Tony B       737-5159

                          Calling all babies, toddlers          Chairman: Henry Melchiona           467-6091
and pre schoolers - Come meet new friends at the St             *Must register for the intramural program as well
Joseph’s Playgroup! Bring your Mom, Dad, Grandpar-
ents or caregiver to Fr. Carew Hall on Thursday’s at
10:00 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!
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                                      Courtesy Announcements
 American Sign Language Classes - begin March 3rd at the Cleary School for the deaf. Levels 1-5 are being offered.
 Call Carolyn at 588-0530 for information.
 Charismatic Healing Mass - Our Lady of the Island Shrine on March 8th at 1PM. Includes Praise &Worship, Mass &
 Anointing of the Sick. Contact St Joseph prayer Center at 730-6210 or the shrine at 325-0661 for information.
 Charismatic Prayer Meeting - at Our Lady of the Island Shrine the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7- 9PM.
 Victorian Tea - hosted by St Regis Columbiettes to raise funds for DDI Foundation to help children with Autism. It will
 be held on March 30th at 2PM at the West Sayville Country Club. $25 for Adults & $12 for children. For information
 please contact Rosemary McMenamin at 648-3090.
 Free Food for NY Seniors - the FAN is offering free food for Seniors age 60 & over who are income eligible. New
 eligible include a single senior whose gross monthly is $1,107 or less, & a senior whose gross monthly income is $1,484 or
 less. Call 631-491-4166 or 516-623-4568.
                        Free Food for NYS Women & Children -the FAN (Food and Nutrition Program) is offering FREE
                        ENFAMIL Formula (both regular & Soy), also nutrition food for income eligible children under six
                        years of age (not on WIC) plus pregnant & up to one year postpartum women. The INCOME guide-
                        lines are: A family of two with a weekly gross income of $488 is eligible. For each additional mem-
                        ber add $124. Call: 631-491-4166 or 516-623-4568.
                       Meals-On-Wheels - Lake Nutrition Meals-on-Wheels provides food to elderly & homebound Mon-
                       day thru Friday, two meals a day. Hot meals & cold meals are available for a charge of $6 for both
                       meals. Call 467-8948 for information. Wanted- Volunteers - 1 hour of your time, 1 day a week to
                       deliver meals to the homebound, Monday thru Friday, 10:45-12:00 Noon. Please call Suzette at 467-
                       8948 if you are able to help Meals on Wheels.
                       Smithtown Central School District Adult Basic Education Program–Free Classes! Learn
                       English, Earn your GED, High School Equivalency Diploma, Prepare for Citizenship, Gain Basic
                       Computer Skills (Seniors & ESL Students) & Receive Career Counseling! For info call 382-2181 or
                       Professional Therapy provided by NYS licensed therapists, are available to our parish & 80 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 confidential informa-
 tion & appointment, call Dr Giuliani at 243-2503.
 The 2008 Diocesan Bereavement Conference, “Comfort My Heart” will be held on Sat., March 8th at Kellenberg Memo-

 rial HS, Uniondale, 8:30AM-5:30PM, for the bereaved & those caring for them, sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries. The
 day features an opening Keynote by Catherine O’Connor, CSB, PhD, 36 workshops for all losses, Conference Bookstore &
 closing Eucharistic Celebration. Breakfast, lunch & conference folder are included in the registration fee. Brochures are
 available by calling 516-334-7990 ext. 120 or 119 or from our website: by simply clicking on
 the word Bereavement on the bar on top of the home page & then scrolling down to bereavement Conference Information.
 Advance registration is requested.
 Literacy Tutors Needed! Literacy Suffolk, Inc. will be holding a question and answer session at the Central Islip Public
 Library on July 17th from 7-8pm. Call 585-9393 ext 267 to register or for further information. Knowledge of a foreign
 language is not necessary.

                                               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 lobby.
 INKJET CARTRIDGES - Drop them off (in a plastic baggie) when you come to mass. We will send them to a com-
 pany 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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