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Third Sunday of Lent - March 19, 2017


Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,

Our thanks to Jean Puszcz and John Grieb for speaking at all Masses last weekend on behalf of this year’s 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal. We are already at 42% of our new goal! We are off to a great start. If you have not already done so please make a pledge, or a one time gift, to this year’s team effort. We really are depending on YOUR generosity again this year.

The Catholic Ministries Appeal is a most important fund-raiser for the financial support of many ministries provided by our Diocese to the people of Long Island. For example, Catholic Charities depends upon your generosity to provide for those who fall through the cracks in our society. Thanks to you they provide such services as Meals on Wheels for shut-ins, and housing for the

developmentally disabled. Thanks to your support they provide residential services for unwed mothers and their babies, advocacy for the voiceless, prison ministry, and counseling services. Catholic Charities also provides professional resources to Parish based Social/Outreach Ministries. Just this past week we explored subsidized housing for a senior citizen from our own parish. Thanks to you and to your fellow parishioners, you help to bring this charita-ble assistance directly to the most vulnerable right here in our own backyard and throughout our Diocese. Together with all Long Island Parishes, we are all called to make the financial sacrifices that demonstrates our commitment to the Gospel mandate to care for those most in need. As Jesus challenges us, "What you do to the least of My brethren you do unto Me." (Mt. 25:31-46).

If you already received a donation pledge card in the mail this month, please give it your prayerful consideration. If you can repeat your previous contribution we will be most grateful. If you have the resources to do so, perhaps you can increase your gift this year. For those who have not received a donation/pledge card in the mail there will be special envelopes in the pews. Again, please pray over your ability to support the work of Jesus here on Long Island. Every household can do something. Remember, no gift is too small except no gift at all! Jesus has great praise for this kind of small but beautiful sacrifice in the Gospel story of the Wid-ow’s Mite. (Luke. 11:1-4).

The Catholic Ministries Appeal was a great success last year. Our Parish received a significant rebate of $28,000 that is being applied toward the much needed interior church lighting improvements. Another rebate this year would truly be a "God-send" to help us finance this project. So I pray that "we’re all in" for this big challenge. Let us strive for an increase in participation and for a team effort that will bring about a successful Catholic Ministries season for both our Diocese and for our own Parish Family. Thank you for whatever you can afford to do!

Please join your fellow South Shore Catholics for a special Deanery Area Mass followed by a "meet & greet" with Bishop John Barres, this Monday, March 20th at O.L. of Lourdes Church in West Islip. See page three (3) of this bulletin for further infor-mation.

Finally, many thanks to our dedicated maintenance crew who did another outstanding job following this week’s snow storm.

        God bless you on your journey from Ashes to Easter!

       Monsignor Bob Clerkin