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Liturgy of Remembrance

Posted on October 27, 2020 in: General News

Liturgy of Remembrance
Our annual All Souls Liturgy will take place on Monday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm in the Church. If you lost a loved one who was a parishioner of St. Joseph and were unable to have a Funeral Liturgy due to COVID 19 restrictions, please call Anna Sirianni at 516-747-7120 or asirianni@stjosephsgc.com and give her the name of your loved one to be remembered at this Mass. Please call by October 27th. 

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Christmas Liturgies 2020

Posted on October 27, 2020 in: General News

Christmas Liturgies 2020
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2020 LESSONS & CAROLS Sunday, December 13 3:30 p.m. Church CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS Monday, December 14: Advent Day of Reconciliation Confessions 3-9:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19 9:00-10:00 a.m., 1-2:00 p.m., and 6:00-6:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES Thursday, December 24 2:00 p.m. – Church 2:00 p.m. – Auditorium 4:00 p.m. – Church 4:00 p.m. – Auditorium 4:00 p.m. – Gymnasium 6:00 p.m. – Church 8:00 p.m. – Church 11:00 p.m. – Church . CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES Friday, December 25 7:30...

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The Giving Tree 2020

Posted on October 27, 2020 in: General News

The Giving Tree 2020
We have had to make so many accommodations in our lives in the last several months. Our GIVING TREE program too, has undergone a necessary change in response to the coronavirus. This year, we are collecting GIFT CARDS ONLY for the families of Our Lady of Loretto parish in Hempstead. Please help us spread the true meaning of Christmas by purchasing a gift card or two for these families who need our support. Gift cards for WALMART, OLD NAVY, TARGET, CVS and WALGREEN’S are requested. A suggested offering of $25 per card is appreciated. However, if you are able, cards ...

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Sponsor a Family for Thanksgiving 2020
We hope this finds you and your families safe and well. As you might imagine, the current pandemic has changed the landscape of our Sponsor a Family efforts. While we cannot host our traditional food drive, we are initiating a virtual food drive for Thanksgiving. The goal remains the same: to provide assistance to our neighbors at Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt who are faced with food insecurities. Our method, however, is different:  email eileenbhoey@gmail.com and choose to sponsor a family of 4, 6, or 8; please i...

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Parish Blood Bank - Thank you

Posted on October 06, 2020 in: General News

The Blood Drive was a huge success considering we are dealing with a pandemic. We collected 43 pints of blood and 11 people did the ALEXIS double read cell donations for 22 more units for a total of 65 units. Those who made appointments had a result of 91% who were able to donate as there were only 4 medical rejections of the 27 people who made appointments. The remainder were walk in's after Mass and Brother Knights who donated. On behalf of the Knights of Columbus, I want to thank you as this would not have been possible without your support. The Blood Drive leader was very happy with the outcome and said it was one ...

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We received a lovely thank you letter from NEW GROUND, the recipient of this year’s Parish Lenten Project, for our donation of $4,230.00.  The letter states, “Your assistance makes it possible for those most in need to overcome countless barriers to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty now, as well as for future generations.  Please know that your support of our mission makes a lasting, positive impact on many on Long Island.  Thank you for being a friend to NEW GROUND.” Shannon Boyle, NEW GROUND’s Executive Director, added this comment to her letter:  “Our heartf...

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On October 1, 2020, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (DRVC) announced that as a civil corporation, it has filed for Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to manage legal expenses and facilitate settlements with abuse survivors. The Diocese sent every parish pertinent information regarding the filing for Chapter 11. The Bishop also met with pastors to further explain the context and consequences of this action. We want to make the parishioners of St. Joseph aware of the following points of information that we have received from the Diocese and as they were presented at that pastors’ meeting. 1. St. Joseph Parish is a se...

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2021 Mass Book

Posted on October 01, 2020 in: General News

2021 Mass Book Opens: Monday, November 2nd with Mail Requests Only for one week Monday, November 9th – In Person Requests We know you are eager to have your loved ones remembered at Mass and we will do our best to honor all requests. We will limit the number of requests to 10, we would like to be fair to all. In order to facilitate the process we share this information with you. There will be changes in the Mass Schedule for 2021. Monday through Friday 8:00 & 9:00am, and Saturday morning 8:30am. There will be multiple intentions on Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12:30pm. Single Mass intentions at the rem...

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Mass Schedule Changes

Posted on September 28, 2020 in: General News

Beginning Sunday, October 18th there will be an 11:00 a.m. Mass in the Auditorium. (Due to COVID restrictions we will not be able to have our families participate as has been done in the past). On the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020, we will be changing the Sunday morning Mass schedule: the 11:45 a.m. and the 1:00 p.m. Masses will be consolidated into one Mass at 12:30 p.m. The weekend Mass schedule will read: Saturday 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 7:30,9:00, 10:30, 11:00 (auditorium) a.m., 12:30 & 5:30 p.m.

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Catholic High School Entrance Test

Posted on September 15, 2020 in: General News

TEST FOR ADMISSION TO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS ONLINE FOR 2020-21 November 7, 2020 Register today! www.tachsinfo.com Registration deadline October 23, 2020

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Communion Guidelines

Posted on September 08, 2020 in: General News

Communion Guidelines   Please note the latest liturgical protocols we have received from the diocese:   · Beginning at the Saturday & Sunday Masses on 9/12&13, 2020, Communion will be distributed to the congregation at the usual time in the Mass – no longer after the Final Blessing and Dismissal.   · After he himself has received Communion, the celebrant will sanitize his hands (the chasuble will stay on), put on his face mask, and go to the tabernacle, if needed, to retrieve any ciboria to be used by other ministers.   · The congregation should ...

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Please read the attachments for plans for the opening of St. Joseph School in September.  

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New Associate Pastor

Posted on July 13, 2020 in: General News

We are happy to announce that Father Hilary Nwajagu from the Diocese of Awka has been assigned to our parish effective the end of August. He is currently the Superintendent of Schools. We look forward to his arrival.  

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During this time of Covid-19, as we hope to continue our progress out of quarantine, we would like our parishioners to know what steps we have undertaken in the past several weeks and will continue to maintain in the interest of everyone’s health and safety: Hand sanitizer dispensing stations have been set up in the church vestibules. Please make use of them as you enter for Mass or prayer. The entire church is sprayed with a sanitizing solution every day before the morning Masses. This spray sanitizes the pews and sanctuary railings. The bathrooms are cleaned and sanitized daily. On weekends, the church is sa...

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St. Joseph Parish Office of Religious Education will be conducting Registration for our Fall 2020 classes for First Graders and students who are New Registrations for our Religious Education Program. In order to register your child for Religious Education classes, you must be a registered parishioner of our parish. For parish registrations, please call the Rectory at 516-747-3535 and our staff will be happy to assist you. This year, we will be conducting the registration process online only. If you would like to register your child, please email a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate to stjosephrelcosullivan...

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As tensions, anger, and violence continue across our nation, let us join in prayer for deeper respect for all innocent lives. We recognize the sorrow and pain of the African-American community, and we pray for the safety of all men and women of color. We extend our concern to families and business owners, who have suffered from violence and looting. We pray for the protection of the men and women of our police and first responders, as they pursue their duty with appropriate responsibility to maintain safety and stability in our society. This prayer drawn from the Roman Missal: O God, who show a Father’s care fo...

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Virtual Seminars being offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter We would like you to know that the LI chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association continues to offer its services to clients, caregivers and families via webinars and telephone, including support groups and educational programs.  St. Joseph’s Parish has been asked to canvas our parishioners to determine a need/interest in participating in online programs such as “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease,” “Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia” and “Healthy living for your bra...

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On Friday, June 5th Monsignor Swiader, Father Shibi, Brian Colomban, Regina Cioffi, Janice Bateman, Kelly Noulas, Jaclyn Williams, Amanda Guele, Marie Diffley, Luis Garcia, Kristianne Haran, and Karen Wolf visited our 8th graders at their homes to deliver lawn signs and caps and gowns. Being able to do this for them was such a blessing-thanks to all who participated! The pictures are posted above. 

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Beware Gift Card Scam

Posted on June 04, 2020 in: General News

We are aware that Cyber thieves are now going after your wallet in addition to your passwords by adopting a simple tactic to trick you into handing over your money. While not new, gift card scams are on the rise and can result in a victim losing hundreds or thousands of dollars. In the past few days employees and parishioners of St. Joseph Church have received an email or text that pretends to be from Msgr. Swiader. It asks them to "do me a favor"  and buy gift cards and send them photos of the backs, for reasons that will supposedly be explained later. The scammer may even ask you to communicat...

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1 June 2020 Dear parishioners and friends, Thank you for your prompt responses regarding Friday afternoon Eucharistic Adoration. I am happy to say that as of Friday, June 5, we will resume Adoration, 1-3:00 p.m. in the church proper, not in the loggetta, to provide for wider distancing. We will continue to observe the directives regarding appropriate distancing and face masks. Adoration will begin with an opening prayer, followed by silent personal prayer. It will conclude with a final prayer, Benediction and the Divine Praises, recited softly. We have been directed to refrain from singing. Please pass the word to ...

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Thanks and Good News Once again, we want to thank our parishioners who have not forgotten the Parish during these confusing days, those parishioners who continue to contribute through the Sunday offering envelopes. Your loyalty and generosity are most appreciated. Parish expenses have not abated – maintenance, supplies, salaries, etc., all remain on-going obligations. We encourage other parishioners, as they are able, to support for St. Joseph as well. Contributions can be mailed or dropped through the mail slot in the rectory door. We hope you are able to go onto the parish website to view daily Mass. And this...

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Virtual Food Drive

Posted on May 18, 2020 in: General News

Virtual Food Drive
St. Joseph’s VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE We are accepting donations of ‘Stop and Shop’ gift cards ($20 or $25) to be given to our neighbors in need at the parishes of Our Lady of Loretto and The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. Cards can be purchased online and can be mailed directly to: St. Joseph’s Parish Social Ministry, 120 Fifth Street, Garden City 11530 If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please make the check payable to St. Joseph’s Church, write virtual food drive on the memo line and mail the check to the PSM office. You m...

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May 12, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Coronavirus has affected society and the Church in ways unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. None of us could have imagined the impact on our families, our livelihoods, and our practice of the Faith. As treatments for the sick and potential vaccines are developed, it is important that we act prudently for everyone’s wellbeing, body and soul. What has the Church been doing? Hospital chaplains have heroically ministered to the sick throughout this crisis and parish food pantries continue to support those most in need. Your priests have ada...

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On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we continue to pray for all those who are carrying crosses and burdens, as well as for all who are serving on the front lines of this Pandemic. As we endure the cross of COVID-19, I want to thank you for your continued support of your parish and our Catholic Ministries Appeal. We know that the current crisis has impacted families, businesses and institutions financially and emotionally. Our parishes and the diocese are working continuously to support the faithful through televised and online Masses, parish food pantries and meal programs, healthcare services, and online learning for our sch...

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YES COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER  We at YES Community Counseling Center are working hard to keep our services available during this health crisis.  The challenges of bereavement are now compounded with this situation and may create more isolation which can complicate the grief process further.  We would like to offer a virtual bereavement group through Zoom. If you or anyone you know would like to join, please email info@yesccc.org or call 516-799-3203/516-719-0313. You can also visit www.yesccc.org.  YES Community Counseling Center                ...

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Urgent Need for Blood Donors

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: General News

URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONORS! Church of Saint Joseph BLOOD DRIVE Cancelled Please donate at one of our Fixed Blood Drive Centers by appointment only Please make an appointment by calling Donna Tavetian at New York blood Center: 516-478-5018 1-800-933-2566 Www.nybc.org

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Appreciating the anxieties you are facing, we urge you to please continue supporting your parish with weekly offertory donations. These funds are critical for the continued operation of St. Joseph Parish. Every day, your parish provides for the pastoral and spiritual care of its parishioners. It is there in the happiest moments in your life - weddings, baptisms, first Communions - and is a source of comfort during the most challenging times such as our current crisis or the death of a loved one. There are senior services, food pantries, youth ministries, schools, and on-going religious education. All of this depends on you...

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A Message from Msgr. Swiader

Posted on March 25, 2020 in: General News

Many Thanks!! We want to thank our parishioners who have not forgotten the Parish during these confusing days and have continued to contribute through your Sunday offering envelopes You are great! Parish expenses have not abated maintenance, supplies, salaries, etc., all remain as obligations we are committed to. We would encourage other parishioners, as they are able, to continue their support for St. Joseph as well. We hope you are able to go onto the parish website to view daily Mass. A special word of thanks to all on the Pastoral Staff who have made these videos available, especially Joseph Cangialosi. Thi...

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An Act of Spiritual Communion My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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St. Joseph School is looking to connect with Alumni to keep you updated on important events at the school, future plans and fun social gatherings. Please contact the School office at 516-747-2730 to provide us with your most up to date contact information. Alternatively, feel free to email Mrs. Bateman at the St. Joseph School office at jbateman5589@st-josephschool.com. Stay tuned for exciting upcoming events where you will have an opportunity to connect with old classmates and make new friends among the SJS Alumni Community!

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Vacation Bible School 2020

Posted on March 09, 2020 in: General News

Vacation Bible School 2020
ALL ABOARD!! St. Joseph’s parish is calling adult parishioners who are willing to help us offer our popular vacation bible school! This is your opportunity to share your time to help us help kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. If you are interested please email us at stjoegcvbs@gmail.com We cannot open the program up for registrations until we have our adults “on board”!!

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Faith Direct

Posted on February 27, 2020 in: General News

St. Joseph Parish wants to conserve resources and save money, but we need your help. This Lent, we invite you to accept our 2020 Lenten Challenge and make the decision to give up envelopes and help us use less paper and reduce parish costs. Faith. Direct/NY332 or call 1-866-507-8757  

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Join St. Joseph Music Ministry

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: General News

Join St. Joseph Music Ministry
ADULT CHOIR While musical training and experience are helpful, the desire to sing is paramount. Rehearsals are usually Thursday evenings from 8:00 to 9:30 PM, with a short warm up period on Sunday mornings before the 10:30 AM Mass. There are many of you out there with great voices and we need you! Please consider joining us. For more information see Joseph Cangialosi in the Choir Loft after any of the Masses or call the Rectory at 747-3535. CONTEMPORARY MUSIC If you have any interest or know someone else who does, please leave a message for Jim Tornatore in the Rect...

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Widows & Widowers

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: General News

Widows & Widowers
Your Widows & Widowers meet every third Wednesday of the month in the St. Agnes Room at 7:00 PM. You are invited to come and enjoy lively conversation and light refreshments. ALL are welcome. For more information please call Margaret at 516-248-7786.

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We are looking for volunteers to assist at our Family Mass in the School Auditorium on Sunday mornings at 10am. We are looking for a few teams of 2 people to greet parishioners as they enter for Mass and to shepherd the children as they sit around the altar for the homily. Training will be provided. A willingness to serve and a love of the children are the main requirements. Please contact Deacon Jack for further details. Stjoefamily3@gmail.com or 516-741-5632

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2019/2020 Membership Form The purpose of the Rosary Altar Society is to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual and spiritual benefit of all members throughout the world. We invite all adult women of the parish to join our Society. Our meetings will be held on the First Saturday of each month. Our first meeting will be on November 2nd, immediately following the 8:30 am mass in the St. Agnes Room. Please join us before the 8:30am Mass for Benediction and after the Mass for recitation of the Holy Rosary. We will gather in the St. Agnes room at 9:30 ...

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ADULT FAITH FORMATION Sunday Gospel Review and Discussion Group Tuesday mornings 9:45 to 10:45 AM St. Agnes Room   will resume on September 17th  Fr. Shibi Pappan will be facilitating our meetings All parishioners are invited

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Centering Prayer

Posted on September 03, 2019 in: General News

THE PATH OF CENTERING PRAYER DEEPENING YOUR EXPERIENCE OF GOD A silent, wordless prayer coming out of the Christian Contemplative Tradition. You do not need to have any experience, simply the desire to rest in God’s presence. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) JOIN US FOR A WEEKLY PRAYER EXPERIENCE Date: Tuesdays ~ starting October 1st Time: 9:45~10:45 am Place: Convent Chapel, St. Joseph’s Parish Leader: Sister Marjorie McGregor, OP ALL ARE WELCOME Questions? Please call Sister Marjorie 631-943-7177 THERE WILL BE AN INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER ON Tuesday, ...

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Good Shepherd Hospice

Posted on February 25, 2019 in: General News

Good Shepherd Hospice is proud to announce the opening of our second Inpatient Center located in Rockville Centre. https://goodshepherdhospice.chsli.org/news/5m-inpatient-good-shepherd-hospice-center-opens-mercy-medical-center“We understand the importance of home—the comfort, safety, and peace it provides. This is why the concept of home is so central in hospice care. Yet, some patients are unable to be home because of their complex medical needs. Good Shepherd Hospice created this Center to provide the care they require in an environment that serves as a ‘home away from home’,” said Good Shep...

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VIRTUS Training Sessions

Posted on August 22, 2018 in: General News

Are you aware that the Diocese of Rockville Centre requires all volunteers (18 years or older) to attend the Virtus class? CYO Coaches, Religious Education, Catechists, Cantors, Ushers, Parish Volunteers are all required to complete the Virtus training course, if they have not yet done so. You MUST register online by visiting www.Virtus.org, then click the link for first time registrants. View the list of sessions to find a course, and then complete the registration online. PLEASE NOTE: After completion of VIRTUS training, you will receive a certificate of completion. Please keep a copy for your records and submit a ...

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RCIA

Posted on February 20, 2018 in: General News

ARE YOU SOMEONE OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO... Has expressed interest in becoming a Catholic? Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized? Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist? We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter Season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the proces...

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Communion for the Homebound

Posted on October 17, 2013

If you or a member of your family would like a Eucharistic Minister to bring Communion to the home, please call Anna Maria Sirianni (747-7120) and arrangements will be made.

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