19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 11, 2019
My dear parishioners,
I would like for you to be aware of three things ahead of us this week. First is the Family Festival starting on Wednesday, the 14th. Many people are looking forward to it. The other day two kids on a bike approached me in the parking lot and asked, “Aren’t they setting up for the festival yet?” I answered, “That’s next week kids.” One kid’s face lit up so I asked, “Are you coming?” The other kid said, “H_ _ _ yeah!” His excitement was evident. This is a summer community tradition. Let us support it. The parish benefits from it greatly. Invite friends. Enjoy the rides and food. Buy raffle tickets. You never know.
Second, on the same day, the 14th, the Child Victims Act one year litigation window will begin. We have enclosed a letter from Bishop John Barres explaining to us what it is about, what possible consequences it has for us as Church and what we all can do as a faith community. Please take time to read it. Suffice it to say, the months ahead are challenging times for the Church here in Long Island. But we cannot lose hope. We draw strength from our faith in the risen Christ who had to go through his passion in order for him to receive his resurrection. We face everything with humility, courage and faith.
Third, the Feast of the Assumption is on Thursday, August 15th. There will be five opportunities for all to attend Mass to fulfill our Holy Day of obligation –a vigil Mass the day before at 5:00 pm, and 4 Masses on the actual feast day –7:00 am, 8:30 am, 12:15 pm and 7:00 pm. I think it is fitting that we go to our Blessed Mother to ask for her prayers and guidance at this difficult and trying time in our life as Church. Let me repeat the words of Bishop Barres: Mary “did not look away from her suffering Son. She waited patiently, suffered with Him and shared in His victory over sin and death.” Mary, mother of God, and our mother...pray for us.