Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 25, 2016
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
WOW! Thank you so much for your overwhelming generosity in our special second collection for Italian Earthquake Relief//Louisiana Flood Relief. Our parish collected $5,280. (mostly cash!). I sent this gift to the Diocese in your name. Together with most other Parishes here on Long Island I’m sure that our collective support will be a sign of our solidarity and charity toward those in need.
After a very successful opening of the new fall semester at our Parish Elementary School earlier this month. I had the joy of celebrating Mass with all of our students and faculty this past week. What a blessing our Parochial School is to our Parish Family!
Over 900 children in our local public schools began their Religious Education classes this week They too will prayerfully celebrate a new school year with the blessing of backpacks at the 9:30 Family Mass this Sunday. Our new Director, Ms. Amora Laucella, her staff, and dedicated volunteer catechists welcomed our new and returning children to the Program. We now refer to the Program as "Religious Education & Family Faith Formation." In addition to providing educational lessons in the Bible, particular-ly the teachings of Jesus, and Catholic teachings in our Faith, we are also reaching out to parents. Our prayer is that the children and their parents together may grow in the experience of their Catholic Faith. We invite the whole family to participate at weekly Mass, experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and to build a Catholic culture at home.
Remember that both our Religious Education Program and Parochial School are continuing registration and enrollment. We still have a few places available for late enrollment and transfer students.
Again I request that you please give prayerful consideration to this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal and kindly make your pledge, or one time Gift today. As of now we are 86% toward making our Goal. We need your help! We are so close. If all of you who have not as yet made even the smallest donation would do so, we would be successful. The end of the 2016 tax year is fast approaching and your donation to the CMA would make a very valuable tax deduction. Donation envelopes are available at the church doors. Remember, "no gift is too small, but no Gift at all." Thank you for your generosity and God Bless you for this sacrifice!
Finally, welcome back to our pilgrims to Washington D.C for the Diocesan Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Thank you to our coordinator Rosemarie Brady and our full bus for representing our Parish Family!
This week I will be meeting with the Finance Committee, Parish Staff, and School Board. The Parish Council follows in October. My thanks to all who so generously share their "time & talent" by serving on these consultative bodies.
God bless you & have a great week!
Monsignor Bob Clerkin