Sunday, March 29, 2015
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
The most holy days of the Christian calendar are now upon us. Please plan on joining with our Parish Family in sharing these solemn days of prayerful reflection and worship. As the beautiful spiritual hymn asks” — “Were you there . . ?” Through the beauty of the Holy Week Liturgies you indeed can “be there” to participate in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please refer to the schedule of Holy Week Services on page three (3) of this bulletin. And please invite your family and friends to join you for these most beautiful and meaningful Liturgies, especially Easter Day.
The annual Diocesan Day for Reconciliation takes place here at St. Cyril’s, (and in all Churches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties), on Monday, March 30th from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. If you have not already done so this would be a wonderful opportunity to make a good confession before Easter.
I am very grateful to the members of our Parish Council who met with me this past week. We welcomed three new members who now give fuller representation to their particular “demographics.” In the next few weeks we will be looking to nominate a few parents with children in our Religious Education Program, CYO, and Parochial Elementary School.
Speaking of our own Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish Elementary School I encourage all parishioners to promote our on-going Parochial School Registration. Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Elementary School celebrates academic excellence, affordable tuition, and most of all, a “Holy Spirit” filled atmosphere where students, parents, and our wonderful teachers and staff experience a nurturing environment of love and joy. The best advertising is by way of mouth - so spread the good news! Phone 667-4044 ext. 131 for registration information.
Thank you so much for your support of this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal. As of this date we are just over 50% of our Parish Goal! Your pledge, or one time gift, will assist Diocesan Catholic Charities and so many other essential ministries here on Long Island. Remember, “no Gift is too small, but no Gift at all.” Thank you for whatever you can afford to do.
And a very special “Thank You” for your Gift to our Parish this Easter. Your little bit extra in the collection basket will help us to rebalance our operating budget that has been severely stressed by the need for heat in our buildings and costs related to snow plowing and winter maintenance.
Have a very Holy Week and God Bless you all!
Msgr. “Father Bob” Clerkin