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Entries for July 2015

This year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, August 15, falls on a Saturday. In light of that, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation – the faithful are not obliged to attend Mass. However, the Assumption is one of the most ancient celebrations in the life of the Church, dating back to the 5th c., and its importance should be recognized. Therefore, we will celebrate two Masses in observance of the Assumption – at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Parishioners are encouraged to honor the Blessed Virgin, assumed body and soul into heaven, at either one of those Masses. There will be no vigil Mass on Friday.

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Will Christianity Survive in the Holy Land? This past February, parishioners who traveled as pilgrims to the Holy Land had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of an extraordinary man: Rimon Makhlouf. Rimon was our companion and guide to the shrines and holy sites: Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum along the Sea of Galilee, ancient Jericho, and, of course, Jerusalem. He introduced us to more than places and churches. He opened for us the culture and faith of Palestinian Catholics, and their plight as very much a minority in that sacred land. Rimon has informed us that he is traveling in the United States, visiting family....

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The number of persecuted Christians in the world has topped a staggering 100 million according to a recent report from Open Doors USA, an organization that assists persecuted Christians. Paying homage recently to the courage of the Apostles and that of the first Christian community, Pope Francis referenced the “atrocious, inhuman and incomprehensible persecutions, sadly present in many parts of the world today, often under the silent gaze of all”. Bishop Murphy urges us to reach out and protect these victims who are suffering who are so often the targets of violence and murder, along with other ethnic and reli...

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Rectory Office

Posted on July 01, 2015

The Rectory Office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July.    If you have an emergency and need the services of a priest - please call the emergency number 516-434-1516. Thank You!

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