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The Weekly


300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station, New York

ministry We help each other ‌

Church of

St. Gerard Majella Fax: 631-473-0015 Visit us on the Web at

11776 Phone: 631-473-2900


Serving inviting...We inspire each other

Time and Talent -Liturgical Ministries include special ministers of the Eucharist, Lectors, Ushers, Servers, and Greeters. -Baptism Sponsors welcome and assist families at Baptism. -Pre-Cana ministers assist couples in preparation for Marriage. -Ministry of Consolation during illness, death, wake, and funeral. -Stewardship Supper ministers host a weekly hot meal. -Knights of Columbus members serve in all parish ministries. -Columbiettes members serving parish and community.

Sacrificial Giving Annual pledges for financial support are made in gratitude for God’s unconditional love, both weekly in Parish support envelopes, and in Lent through the Catholic Ministries Appeal.

Faith Formation Process / Children and Adults -Weekly catechetical sessions for children at every level of development, led by Catechists. -Sacramental Preparation Materials for First Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. --Our Lady of Wisdom Regional Catholic School, full-time Catholic Elementary School, Dorothy Onysko, Principal. 473-1211 -Vacation Bible School every summer. -RCIA is the process for welcoming newcomers into the Catholic Church and helping Catholics to complete their Sacraments of initiation. Call for information.

G.I.F.T.S Office

Faith Formation Staff

(Giving-in-Faith-through-Stewardship) Marie Guido, Coordinator Patricia Lynch, Stewardship Monday to Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm Discover your God given gifts and find a place in our community to give your gift back to God in gratitude and service.

Diane DeTrinis, Secretary Kristen Merle, Secretary Bill Wolf, Parish Athletic Director Phone: 928-2550

Liturgical Ministry

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Msgr. William A. Hanson, Pastor Rev. Patrick Okafor, Chaplain in residence

Rev. Msgr. William A. Hanson, Pastor Marguerite Goglia, Pastoral Associate Faye Greene, Community Coordinator Rob Miller, Facility Manager

Rev. Charles Oppong, Chaplain in residence

Rev. Mr. Vincent L. Beckles, Deacon Charles Pramnieks, Music Director

We Celebrate Eucharist Saturday Evening : 5:00 PM Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 AM Weekdays: 9:00 AM

Church Office - 1st Floor Phone: 473-2900 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Ministers of the Eucharist visit the sick at home. Anointing : Last Sun. of month at 11:00am St. Gerard Blessing: 1st weekend all Masses Rosary daily 8:40 am - 8:55am

Small Church Communities / Renew Parishioners meet regularly with one another to share song, scripture, and faith. Contact the Church Office.

We Celebrate Baptism Please call the Church office to make arrangements.

We Celebrate Penance The sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated on Saturdays from 4-5:00 PM in the Chapel and in Advent and Lent.

We Celebrate Marriage Please call the Church office to make arrangements.

We pray with each other...

Parish Outreach /Thrift Shop/Barn Food Pantry : Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. 10am - 4pm Stewardship Supper provides a meal on Thurs. evenings at 6. Thrift Shop/Barn: Mon. through Fri. 10am-4 pm and Sat. 10am -2pm. Donations appreciated. Furniture pick-up available. Please call the Church office to make arrangements.

Professional Counseling Services Call Dr. George Giuliani, of the Catholic Learning Center, for confidential information and appointments at 631-243-2503

thanking giving...We enjoy each other liturgy


inviting /evangelization

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We inspire each other...

July 10, 2011

Building up the Building… Pledged.…..…………..…… $3,329,505 Paid…………………..… $2,368,903 Thanks to all who are faithfully fulfilling their pledges

Have you made your pledge??? THIS WEEK Paid this week …$999.33

Building up the People… At St. Gerard Majella* *Based on Fall 2009 Gallup Survey responses from our own parishioners

Engaged ………………………………………...…...… 54% Not Engaged…………………………….………….......33% Actively Disengaged……………………………..……. 13% National U.S .Average Engaged ………………………………………...………28% Not Engaged………………………………….….….....55% Actively Disengaged……………………….…….…....17%

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FAITH Formation Office Hours FAITH Monday, Tuesday,Formation Wednesday, Thursday 12:00pm -4:30 pm or callFaith 928-2550 for further information. Formation Registration Is currently taking place for the Would2010-2011 you like school to Volunteer? year. Join in our efforts to share Liturgy of the Word with the $120/1st childWe $75/each additional childlesChildren of our Parish. are putting together Gospel sons to share with our children during the 9am and 11am Monday through Thursday during Masses while the Liturgy of the Word is shared with the rest Formation Office Hours of our parishFaith community. Or-4:30 pm 9:30 am Perhaps you are a teen in need of community service hours Or call 928-2550 forAre further information for Confirmation preparation? you a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle who loves working with children? We reside in the chapel during Liturgy of the Word. The task is: For approximately 30 minutes you will be assisting the LWC Lector by handing out crayons, binder cards, putting the children in groups, taking attendance and playing games. Sounds easy? It is and fun too! Any questions can be directed to Sophia at 834-6671 or leave your name at the desk with Jen. Thank You, Sophia

This year, Catechetical Sunday, Do you enjoy yourfocus faith with September 19,sharing 2010, will on the others? theme, “Matrimony: Sacrament of Do you like Love.” to tell stories about Jesus? Enduring Catechetical Sunday If you are interested in becoming a is a wonderful opportunity to reflect Catechist, please call the Faith Formation upon the role thatateach person plays, by Office 928-2550 virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Stewardship Opportunity The Office of Faith Formation is seeking people with a few hours available two times each month to assist with various tasks in the Faith Formation Office. Tasks very from filing, making copies to cutting for creative projects. If interested, please call the Faith Formation Office to volunteer.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ministry/ Teen Leadership Meeting 7:30 pm– 8:30 pm

CP1 and CP2 students are invited to make sandwiches for those who attend





Thursday nights. Come join us on Wednesday evenings, this is a great service opportunity! All are welcome! If you are planning on attending please bring peanut butter, jelly, or bread. We will be meeting throughout the summer. Come join us for some fun! Donations of grocery store gift cards help us buy fresh bread and are always welcomed! Please leave your donations in the box in the lobby. A heartfelt thanks to all who have donated items over the past few weeks!

What’s Happening in Faith Formation...

Registration is still taking place for the upcoming 2011-2012 year. Stop by the Office during the week or register on Sunday while you are at Mass!

An Invitation from R.C.I.A. The R.C.I.A. process assists adults who are seeking Baptism or those who haven’t received Eucharist or Confirmation. Perhaps you have questions regarding the Catholic faith, if so, please contact Joe Kimmerling at 736-6121. Altar Serving Training We will be having a training session on Saturday July 16th from 12-1:30pm for those who are interested in becoming altar servers or for those altar servers who want to refresh their memory. We are looking for children 4th grade and up. This is a wonderful ministry to be apart of and a great opportunity to make new friends!

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giving /community

We enjoy each other...

July 10, 2011

Tune into “Religion and Rock” with Msgr. Jim Vlaun on Sunday from 7:00am to 8:00am on WBAB 102.3 FM on Long Island or 95.3 FM on Long Island's East End. Listen on Saturdays Hankies are sent...Prayers are given! Thank you our patron, St. Gerard Majella at 11:00PM on Sirius Radio, Channel 159, the for your powerful intercession! Please pray for those who Catholic Channel and at 11:00PM on XM Satasked for a St Gerard hanky and prayer. ellite, Channel 117. For more information go Richmond, Virginia to and please don’t forget to tune into TELECARE, Cablevision Around The Diocese Social Events Sunday July 17 from 10-noon St. Patrick’s Singles 29 or visit for the Best Fellowship 280 E. Main St. Smithtown offers cof- Catholic Television. fee and conversation—welcomes all widowed, single, divorced and separated ages 45 to 60+. For more information please call the Outreach Department 631-265-2668

St. Gerard Majella Knights of Columbus The St. Gerard Majella Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Blood Drive on Wednesday August 3rd from 2:30-8:30pm. There is a urgent need for blood donations on Long Island. Please come out and support this great cause and give the gift of life.

Divorced, Widowed, Separated The beginning experience weekend 19-21 August 2011 at the Montfort Spiritual Center in Bayshore. The program helps grieving singleagain persons emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning, and move into the future with renewed hope. Turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Contact: John 516-822-0635 or Jim 718-474-3779 or Karen 201-736-8200 Catholic Young Adults are Connecting From All Over Long Island on - Why Not You? We invite all Catholic young adults in their 20's, 30's and 40's who would like to participate in spiritual groups and activities and want to be part of a vibrant community of young believers here on Long Island! This site is intended to serve as a platform where you can look to find out about upcoming young adult group meetings, holy hours, service opportunities and all kinds of special events and happenings here in the Diocese. To see upcoming events and join us go to http://

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Catholic Strengths & Engagement Community

Stay Connected...Join 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 10 - August 20, 2011 Weekly Planner Su nday

Jul 10 9:00 A M RCIA for Children 9:45 A M Inquiry Masses 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Jul 17 9:00 A M RCIA for Children Masses 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Mond ay

Jul 11 9:00 AM Mass

Jul 18 9:00 AM Mass


Jul 12 9:00 AM Mass 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Choir 8:00 PM K of C Widows/ Widowers 10-11:30am

Jul 19 9:00 AM Mass 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Choir 8:00 PM K of C

Wed nesday

Jul 13 9:00 AM Mass

Thu rsday

Jul 14 9:00 AM Mass

Fr iday

Jul 15 9:00 AM Mass

Satu rd ay

Jul 16 5:00 PM Ma ss

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ste w. Suppe r

Jul 20

Jul 21

9:00 AM Mass

9:00 AM Mass

7:00 PM 50 Plus Club me eting

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ste w. Suppe r

Jul 22 9:00 AM Mass

Jul 23 5:00 PM Ma ss

Alleluia Caf e

Jul 24 9:00 A M RCIA for Children 9:45 A M Inquiry Masses 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Jul 25 9:00 AM Mass

Jul 26 9:00 AM Mass 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Choir 8:00 PM K of C Widows/ Widowers 10-11:30am

Jul 27

Jul 28

9:00 AM Mass

9:00 AM Mass

7:30 PM Refle ction

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ste w. Suppe r

Jul 29 9:00 AM Mass

Jul 30 5:00 PM Ma ss

Alleluia Caf e

Jul 31 9:00 A M RCIA for Children Masses 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Aug 7 9:00 A M RCIA for Children 9:45 A M Inquiry Masses 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Aug 14 9:00 A M RCIA for Children Masses 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Aug 1 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 8 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 15 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 2 9:00 AM Mass 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Choir

Aug 9 9:00 AM Mass 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Choir 8:00 PM K of C Widows/ Widowers 10-11:30am

Aug 16 9:00 AM Mass 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Choir 8:00 PM K of C

Aug 3 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 4 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 5 9:00 AM Mass

2:30 PM - 8:30 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PM B lood Drive Ste w. Suppe r

Aug 10 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 11 9:00 AM Mass

6:30 PM Outdoor Homegrown Music Cafe Concert

Aug 12 9:00 AM Mass

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ste w. Suppe r

Aug 17 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 18 9:00 AM Mass

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ste w. Suppe r

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Aug 6 5:00 PM Ma ss

Aug 19 9:00 AM Mass

Aug 13 Pari sh Pi cni c 11 -4 pm 5pm Mass ou tside

Aug 20 5:00 PM Ma ss

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thanking / liturgy

We pray with each other...

Masses Monday, July 11 9:00am Leo Marchese Tuesday, July 12 9:00am Ruth Horsting Wednesday, July 13 9:00am Peggy Ferrante Thursday, July 14 9:00am Leo Marchese Friday, July 15 9:00am Frank Tomaino Saturday, July 16 5:00pm Louis Morales, George Parreca, Keane Kyle, Margaret Marshall, Anne Morganelli, William Varvaro Sunday, July 17 7:30am Thomas Hughes 9:00am Veronica Dingler 11:00am Jean Caputo Please pray for members of our U.S. Military currently serving in Iraq & Afghanistan, and especially our parishioners…. K.C. Ullrich, Michael Anderson, Frank Reddy, Andrew Faller “Lord hold our troops in your loving hands, protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus”.

Military Fatalities Afghanistan June 19-25 Josue Ibarra 21, James Harvey II 23, Gustavo Rios Ordonnez 25, Joshua Jetton 21, Gia Guogdaze 22, Jared Verbeek 22, Gurpreet singh 21, Levi Nuncio 24, Nicholas Hensley 28, Nigel Kelly 26, Dimitri Del Castillo 24, Marlon Myrie 25, Cyril Hugodot 24, Francis Roy 32

Sick Relatives & Friends All the sick residents of Atria, St. Joseph’s Village, Woodhaven Adult Home & Nursing Home & Jefferson’s Ferry, Ed Moran, Maria Allen, Patrick Hughes, Johnnie Paletto, Kim Murphy Damian, Sean Damian, Ashley Damian, Margie Roberts, Bob Burmeister, Christopher Ringston, Chuck Pagnotta, Pat Allen, Denise Tesone Shaw, Joseph Pugni, Michael Pugliese, Catherine Madlinger, Marilyn West, Neftal Pinero Jr., Karen Matz, Richie Nilsen, Gina Ricottone, Christina Principe, John Yannone, Joe Bocklet, Katherine Renzulli, Jeannine Ricottone, Alene Lamberti, Chickie Slatter, Vincent Aurigemma, Larry Racioppo, Susan Kowalski, Angelica Fiorino, Joann Boothroid, Ali Gordon, Arianna Michelle Graffeo, Christopher Pumo, baby Isabella Nobre, Paul Silverman, David Fox, Sue Fox, Tom Klein, Zachary Nevielle, Alexander Moschos, Steven Krisa, Tara LeClaire, Joan Moschetto, Michael Citera, Margaret Seltzer, Anissa Kearney, Harriet Reeves.In the event of recovery or improvement, we ask that individuals mentioned above or members of their families contact the Office. Due to limited space in our bulletin, names on the sick list will automatically be removed after one month. If you wish to have someone put back on the sick list, or if you need a name added. please call the Office.

Perhaps you may consider a donation for bread and wine for Mass, flowers for the Altar and/or flowers for our baptismal font in memory of a loved one or friend. Please contact Marie in the Gifts Office at 473-2900 to make arrangement. The gifts of bread and wine are offered this week in memory of James B. Quigley

Please pray for those who died this week James A. Dolciotto

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serving / ministry We help with each other...

Gallup Research Strength Statistics For anyone to have the same top 5 in any order: 1 in 275,000 For anyone to have the same top 5 in the same order: 1 in 33 million For anyone to have the same top 6 in same order: 1 in a billion For anyone one to have your same top 7: Not enough people born from the beginning of time through the next 100 years

How would you like to share you time and talent by washing and ironing the purificators (cloths used at the Eucharist) once a month? Or perhaps you would like to polish the brass on our candle holders? Please consider sharing your gifts in this way. Give Marie a call at the Church at 473-2900. For more information call 631.265.2668

The Attitude is Gratitude

Stewardship Report

Last Week Collection Faith Direct Total

$11,856.50 $1,686.00 _________ $13,536.00

Poor Box


Thank you for gift wrapping your offering by using your pink envelope.

Did you know the average weekly offering for envelope/ faith direct is $38.00?

Liturgy of the word with Children at the Saturday 5:00pm Mass and Sunday at the 9:00am Mass and the 11:00am Mass children 5 to 12 are invited. Please DON’T FORGET your binder rings.

Liturgy of the Word Contest….join the fun! Peanut Butter and Jelly Ministry Wednesday July 27th at 7:30 All teens are welcome to join us! Thank you to all of you who serve God and the body of Christ in The Ministry of Altar Server. Each of you do what you do best to enhance the Liturgy, and serve each one of us. We are grateful to God for each of you.

Homegrown Café August 6th at 6:30 Outdoor on the field...Great Music Parish Picnic Saturday August 13th please see insert

Vacation Bible School August 9th to August 13th please see insert

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July 10, 2011

Serving/ministry We help other... 15th each Sunday in Ordinary Time

Living Your Strengths What are drops? Drops are a simple way to share words with others. They’re handwritten, personal messages written on a drop-shaped note card or e-mailed to others. Check out The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket on and enjoy Dr. Donald Clifton, former Chairman of Gallup, has told his story of the Dipper and the Bucket. This parable teaches a most powerful lesson, when we fill another’s bucket, we fill our own. We fill each other's buckets when we affirm one another. We affirm others by filling their buckets with drops...Special note cards to express appreciation.

Cut out this drop and send to someone to fill their bucket!

I have received praise and recognition from someone in the parish.

To begin to live and know your strengths, you need to understand what a strength is. A strength is the ability to provide consistent, near perfect performance in a given activity. This ability is a powerful, productive combination of talent, skill, and knowledge.

There are 34 Signature Themes

Would you like to join a Strengths Group? This is a 4-week commitment with about 8 to 12 wonderful people who desire to learn and live their God-given strengths. It’s so much fun. Take a look at all the photos in the lobby of St. Gerard Majella parishioners who have discovered their strengths. Learn more about Living your Strengths in you family, your work, your community and your Church.

812 have learned their Strengths Let’s Look at the Context Theme If you are talented in Context you enjoy thinking about the past. You understand the present by researching its history. You look back.

67 Parishioners Have Context Do You? “ what now is has already been; what is to be, already is; and God restores what would otherwise be displaced.” Ecclesiastes 3:15

Here are a couple of suggestions to develop the Context strength! ...Think back what you were taught about God as a child. In what ways has your image of God remained the same? In what ways quite different? We welcome those families that have chosen to worship at St. Gerard Majella Church. 66 new families have registered with us so far this year 2011. Isn’t that wonderful? Are you registered at St. Gerard Majella parish? Come and see and be part of this vibrant life enriching stewardship parish. We would love to be in community with you!

...Write a spiritual biography. Include photos of key events in your life. Create a timeline to illustrate turning points in your unique spiritual journey. ...Teach or participate in a class that studies current events and relates those events to issues of faith. You’ll enjoy, “How we got there.”.

Matthew 13:24-43 Jesus offers parables about the Kingdom of Heaven and explains them to his disciples Background on the Gospel In today's Gospel, Jesus offers three parables to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. He also explains why he speaks to the crowds in parables and interprets the parable of the sower for the disciples. This reading is a continuation of Jesus' discourse that we began reading last Sunday. All three parables use commonplace experiences to describe aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven. The first parable is longer and more detailed than the next two, and it alerts us to the two-fold reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. The beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven can be found in this world. The fruition of the Kingdom of Heaven, however, will not be realized until the final judgment. In the meantime, as Jesus' explanation to the disciples cautions, any effort to judge the progress of the Kingdom of Heaven is premature. Only God, in the final judgment, will distinguish the fruit of the Kingdom of Heaven and offer its reward. The second and third parables call to our attention the abundance that will result from the small beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as a mustard seed—the smallest of all seeds—will become a large bush, so too God will bring his Kingdom to full bloom. As a small amount of yeast will leaven the entire batch of bread, so too God will bring about the expansion of his Kingdom. In each case the image is of the superabundance that God brings out of even the smallest of signs of the Kingdom. Contained within these parables are words of caution as well as words of consolation. In the parable of the sower we are warned against judging others. To judge and uproot the “weeds” prematurely will harm the wheat; final judgment rests with God. In the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, we are consoled by the message that God can work wonders and produce abundance from even the smallest beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Family Connection . Taken together, the parables found in today's Gospel offer both a sobering reminder about the Kingdom of God and words of encouragement. As the wheat and the weeds must grow together until the harvest, so we may not know whether our actions contribute to God's Kingdom until God's final judgment. With this word of caution in mind, we act always in prayer that our actions will be consistent with God's plans. In the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, we hear words of encouragement. God can bring the Kingdom of Heaven from even the smallest of beginnings. Thus, we ask God to work through us for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Set aside some time this week to make bread with your family. Show the amount of yeast that is required to raise an entire batch of bread. Observe that little things can go a long way. After the bread has been baked, gather together as a family. Read together today's Gospel, Matthew 13:24-43. Reflect together on what Jesus means when he teaches that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed and like yeast. In these parables, Jesus is teaching us that God can work wonders from even the smallest beginnings of the Kingdom of God. This means that even the little things that we do can make a big difference in the lives of others. What are some of the little things that we can do in our family that help to make things better for others? Decide on one action to take together. Pray that God will use your action to make a difference in the world. Pray together the Lord's Prayer.


July 17, 2011 Bulletin

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