Pastor's Page

   Sunday, August 24, 2014


Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,

Once again, my thanks to Deacon Phil Mills and Father Vinny Schifano, and to all who organized and so gen-erously shared their "time & talent" during the five days of our Family Festival last week. And thanks to all of you, who along with our friends and neighbors in the surrounding com-munities supported the Festival. After expenses are paid from the gross I’ll publish our profit. Let’s do it again next year!

Vacation Bible School was a big success again this summer. The children and their volunteer counselors enjoyed a Spirit-filled week of Faith based fun. Our thanks to Debbie Calascione, MaryAnn Ruf, and Grace Lyons, and to all the volunteers who made this year’s VBS such a wonderful labor of love for our children. And their concert at the Family Festi-val was terrific!

Remember that our Religious Education Program and Parochial School are continuing registration and enroll-ment. Can you believe it’s almost time for school to begin? It seems that this summer has passed so quickly.

The big downpour tested all of our new roofs and there were no leaks or flooding in the Behan Lower Hall! We were blessed that this local deluge of historic proportion spared us, but our hearts and prayers go out to those who experienced water damage. Thanks to all who have contrib-uted to our ongoing Parish Renovation Campaign.

Our furnace/heating replacement in the church/school building is now in place. This past week we removed the very large oil tank in the Half Hollow Road parking lot. This original construction oil tank is no longer needed and was removed in accordance with environmental laws. We hope to get the paving over the old tank done before school begins. Next summer we will take on a two year project of repairing the large windows in the church.

Again I request that you please give prayerful con-sideration to this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal and kind-ly make your pledge, or one time Gift today. As of now we are 75% toward making our Goal. We need your help! Re-member, "no gift is too small, but no Gift at all." Even in these challenging economic times we can all do a little some-thing. Thank you for your generosity and may God Bless you for this sacrifice!

Enjoy what’s left of your summer and take some time to relax, to be refreshed, and to be renewed by the marvels of God’s Creation.

Have a great week and God Bless you

Monsignor "Father Bob" Clerkin