Messages from Father Harold...
January 27, 2001
About two weeks ago, a group of parishioners came together to begin
making plans for our hundredth anniversary year in 2002. The Centennial
of any organization is a momentous event for its members.
The Centennial of our parish is very significant for us. Thousands
have been baptized here and celebrated their sacraments. Those couples
who began the faith journey of sacramental marriage, as many
as 60 years ago and more, have fond memories of that sacred moment
when they pledged their lives in love in this sanctuary. The parish has
been a source of comfort and compassion to untold numbers who
have come to pray at a funeral Mass for a person they loved. A parish
touches so many people. Some of our parishioners have lived their
entire lives here, as many as 80+ years, and have experienced so
many changes and remained so supportive through it all. Other parishioners
have recently arrived and seek to share their faith and love
of God in this community. We often have visitors who come a distance
to celebrate a family baptism or first communion, or to pray at a
funeral and they bring a little piece of this faith community to their
2002 will be an important year for us to remember, celebrate, and
look ahead. We will do so in a spirit of prayer and by sharing our
sense of community. We hope that as many parishioners as possible
will share in the Centennial. We will have special Masses, devotions,
speakers, family events and a dinner dance. The celebration will begin
January 1, 2002 and we will have a special event on the eighth
day of every month. September 8, the Feast of the Birth of Mary and
December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be
major celebrations. To help everyone remember the important days
and to develop a theme, we will have a celebration on the eighth of
Our second meeting to help plan these events will be on March 22 at
7:30 PM in the school cafeteria. All interested parishioners are invited
to attend. We need your help.
March 31, 2001
As you know. 2002 is our hundredth anniversary year.
We had a great committee meeting last week; more than
50 parishioners came. Lots of planning is underway. At
the end of the meeting, I invited each of the participants
to state what he or she would like to see accomplished
during this special year. A vast majority spoke of how
they hope to see a return to the parish - a return of
younger people, teenagers, families, people who perhaps
were here on a regular basis at one time, but now we see
less often. People spoke of how they want to create a
welcome and celebrating spirit for the centennial. Hopefully,
this will happen..
The Centennial begins January 1, 2002, Feast of the Solemnity
of Mary, Mother of God. The committee discussed
when is best to celebrate. Which would you be
more likely to attend? 10:30 PM Mass on New Year's
Eve followed by a Champagne toast at midnight in the
school auditorium or a noon Mass on New Year's Day,
followed by a simple reception. We wonder which people
would prefer. We'll give you a chance to let us know
by a poll through the bulletin. Think about it.
May 05, 2001
The Centennial Anniversary Committee had its third
meeting last week and we have firmed up much of the
calendar for the big celebration. The Committee is excited
and we will be looking for your help and support.
We want to begin our celebration on January 1, 2002,
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, a great feast on
which to begin our celebration. We want your input on
how to begin. We have two possibilities.
1) A 10:30 PM Mass on New Year's Eve, December
31 with a champagne/dessert reception to follow in
the school auditorium at midnight,
2) A 12:00 Noon Mass on New Year's Day, January I
with a similar champagne/bunch reception to follow in
the school auditorium. Which would you be more
likely to attend. Let us know by returning the tear out
sheet below in the collection basket. We need your help
in making this decision.
May 27, 2001
Many thanks to all of you who responded to the questions
in the bulletin asking for your thoughts about the
opening of our Centennial celebration and the scheduling
of a Sunday evening Mass. The following are the
145 parishioners prefer an opening Centennial celebration
taking place at the 12:00 noon Mass on January I,
2002 followed by a champagne/brunch reception to begin
the Centennial year.
35 parishioners prefer an opening Centennial celebration
taking place at a 10:30 PM New Year's Eve Mass
followed by a Champagne/dessert reception.
In view of a clear majority preference, we will open the
Centennial year with a 12:00 Noon Mass on January I,
2002 followed by a Champagne/Brunch reception.
July 1, 2001
On Sunday, September 23 at the Noon Mass we hope to
have the re-dedication of the shrine and celebrate a special
Mass in preparation for the 2002 Centennial Year.
A Centennial is an important celebration and the Committee, in accordance with results of an opinion poll, has
already announced the opening of the celebration. It will
be at the Noon Mass on January 1, 2002, the Solemnity
of Mary, the Mother of God. A brunch reception will
follow. Please also mark Friday, November 8, 2002 on
your calendars. On that evening we will have a Centennial
Dinner-Dance at the Milleridge Cottage in Jericho,
New York. The Committee visited several possible locations,
shopped for the most affordable cost, and selected
the Milleridge Cottage as the best possible site. The dinner-dance
will cost $75.00 per person. Hopefully having
this date so far in advance will allow those who wish
to attend to budget this celebration into their plans for
November 2002 so that as many as possible of us might
attend. In these weeks and months ahead, you will hear
more and more about our plans for the Centennial.
Plaque at the Shrine re-dedicated September 23, 2001
November 24, 2001
Recently the Parish's Centennial Committee met and we
finalized many celebration events for the Centennial
year. The Anniversary year will begin on January 1,
2002 and conclude on December 8, 2002. Throughout
the year the Committee and I will be communicating
with you about the many activities planned for this special
time in the life of Holy Name of Mary Parish.
I especially want to alert you to two very important
dates. On Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at the Noon Mass
we will begin the Centennial with Mass for the Solemnity
of Mary, Mother of God. This Solemnity of Mary is
a holyday of obligation. As a parish bearing her name, it
is very appropriate that we begin our centennial on the
opening day of the new year, on Mary's special feast
day. Earlier this year we polled you through the bulletin
and a vast majority indicated this would be the best day
to begin the centennial celebration. We hope that as
many parishioners as possible will make plans to attend
this special Mass on January 1.
The second date I want to bring to your attention is Friday,
November 8, 2002. On that evening we will have a
Centennial Dinner Dance at the Milleridge Cottage in
Jericho, New York. The cost will be $75.00 per person.
The committee researched several catering facilities and
was concerned that this affair be as affordable to as
many parishioners as possible. Again, we hope that
many will be able to attend. The Milleridge Cottage can
accommodate up to about 400 people. To allow parishioners
to plan for the cost of the dinner dance, we felt it
would be helpful to let you know well in advance of this
The Centennial Committee has met several times during
the past year. We very much hope that the year will be a
very blessed one for us all. 100 years is a long time and
so many, many stories and persons have been part of the
rich history of Holy Name of Mary. It will be a year of
remembering and celebrating the past. It will also be a
year of looking ahead with hope and promise to the future.
Most of all the Centennial will be a year of welcome.
We need to use this special year of grace to welcome
new parishioners and to welcome back some of us who
perhaps have been distant from our parish or from the
sacramental life of the church. Hopefully it will be a
year during which we re-invigorate our prayer and worship
life together. We will continue to upgrade the appearance
of our church. More importantly, hopefully we
will find ourselves a little more crowded in the pews.
We need to get the word out that being an active
worshipping parishioner here is helpful to one's life. We
will succeed in inviting and welcoming others to a more
regular participation in the Eucharist. Our Centennial
will surely be a success if more of us discover how experiencing
God in Word and Sacrament strengthens us
for the challenges of everyday living.
2002, our Centennial Year, will also be a year of continued
healing. The healing process that now follows the
tragedy of September 11 and its aftermath offers us
many challenges. Jesus was fully engaged in the ministry
of healing. He will guide us in our speech and in our
actions. The challenge for us all is to keep returning to
Him for His guidance and direction during this healing
As we begin the Advent Season next Sunday, I ask you
to begin to pray often and regularly for this intention:
That our Centennial be a year of welcome, renewed
faith practice, and healing. For those faithful prayer is
among us, I ask you to include this intention in your
January 5, 2002
We had a wonderful beginning of our Centennial
celebration on New Year's Day. More than 1,000
people came to the Noon Mass and most came
over to the reception in school immediately afterward.
Carmine and Isabel Desio and Mary Sheffield
were chairpersons for the day and did a wonderful
job along with the generous members of
their committee. The committee took care of every
thing for the reception from the decorating on Saturday
to the very last part of clean-up after the
party on New Year's Day. Many, many thanks.
Many thanks to the local vendors who supplied us
with food for the day, particularly Trader Joe's,
T&F Pork, Valley Bagel and Magic Bagel. lt's
great that members of the local business community
are generous in their support of the parish.
Many people commented how they enjoyed so
much the music at the Centennial Mass on January
1. Many thanks to Mr. Kevin Faughey, our Music
Director who leads our music ministry through the
year. More and more, we are trying to bring together
our music and singing talent from both our
parish choir and the folk group that regularly sings
and plays at the 10:30 Family Mass under the director
of Mr. Anthony Zizzamia. When these two
groups join together, it seems to add a special
touch. All the parish enjoyed and benefited from
the extra time and effort put in by Mr. Faughey
and all the choirs this Christmas Season. The concert we enjoyed shortly before Christmas and the
Centennial Mass created many fond memories.
Many people were moved by the rendition of
"America the Beautiful—From Sea to Shining
February 9, 2002
Our Centennial Events continue to be great successes.
Most every event fills up quickly in terms
of reservations and waiting lists have to be created.
It is important that if you make a reservation for
events such as the St. Patrick's Dinner Dance that
you do your best to keep the reservation. If for
some reason you are unable to be present, please let
the chairpersons know so that other parishioners
will have the opportunity to attend. Thanks.
February 16, 2002
This past weekend and week were ones filled with lots
of great activity in our parish and when you reflect on
them a great sign of good health and community spirit.
Last Friday we had our Centennial Spaghetti Supper
which 250 people attended. Marianne Madden chaired
the event and her committee served all 250 people in
about thirty minutes. Many people helped out. Mr.
Dominic Ianniello was especially helpful with preparing
the 40 pounds of meatballs. Several people helped
out with the spaghetti. Our eighth grade Confirmation
Class served as waitresses and waiters. All in all, a
great community experience on a Friday night.
On Sunday at the Noon Mass, we celebrated the vocation
and Sacrament of Marriage. More than 100 couples
participated and all had the Opportunity to renew
their marriage vows. One couple, Keith and Anna
Berry are now married 65 years and received a wonderful
ovation for their achievement and example. Carmine
and Isabelle Desio chaired the event and again
had lots of help, including the ever-growing Stewforkids
who greeted people and assisted with the reception
after Mass in the cafeteria. Those attending very
much enjoyed seeing wedding pictures of some of their
friends from over 50 years ago. Several couples have
spoken or written about how meaningful this celebration
truly was. Again, it was a great community experience
of celebrating this very important sacrament and
vocation in our church.
On Tuesday, we had Mardi Gras for about 450 people,
mostly young families with children from our religious
education program and parish school. In true Mardi
Gras spirit, the kids enjoyed face painting, masks, balloons
and beads. They were invited to design their own
shopping bags and there were many recreational events
in the gym and in the downstairs meeting rooms. Parents
of the kids cooked more than 800 hot dogs. It was
great to see so many young children and their parents
come together and have so much fun. Sr. Barbara came
up with this great idea, organized it, and probably will
make it an Annual tradition. It was very successful.
A lot going on at Holy Name of Mary. A sign of lots of
life and lots of grace.
March 16, 2002
..... most happily, we mark 100 years as a parish
this weekend. March 16, 1902, Father Peter P.
McGovern first celebrated Mass as the new pastor of
Holy Name of Mary Parish. He gathered with his new
parishioners at the firehouse on Corona Avenue. So
much has happened these past 100 years. We began our
celebration on Jan. 1, 2002 with our Opening Mass. We
continue this month of March with our Friday night
gatherings. On this Saturday night, March 16, we celebrate
with the St. Patrick's Dinner Dance. We will culminate
our celebration with a September 8 Mass, November 8
Dinner Dance, and December 8 Closing
Mass. So far it has been a very happy experience. Pray
in gratitude for our parish, in gratitude especially for the
courage and vision of those who began the parish. Pray
for the thousands who prayed here before us as Holy
Name of Mary Parishioners - - many of them your parents,
brothers and sisters, children, friends and
neighbors, who now pray with us as saints in heaven.
Pray that we would continue to be faithful to the great
tradition that we have received.
May 25, 2002
The Centennial Parish Picnic is taking place, Saturday,
June 8 at the Valley Stream State Park. You bring your
food and beverage. When you get there, you'll share
fun and good company with friends, neighbors, and parishioners.
The picnic will conclude with a 5:00 PM
Mass at the picnic site. This Mass will fulfill the Sunday
PARISH CENTENNIAL DINNER DANCE
In this bulletin there is a page explaining how you can
make reservations for the Centennial Dinner Dance at
Milleridge Cottage on Friday, November 8. The cost is
$75.00 per person and is all inclusive: cocktail hour,
dinner, music and dancing. The committee expects that
all 400 tickets will be sold for this celebration. Because,
we expect so many to want to attend, reservations can
only be secured with full payment. There is a registration
form with directions elsewhere in the bulletin.
July 6, 2002
We had a great Multicultural Festival last Sunday. The
committee that planned, organized and worked so hard
the entire day began its work for this Centennial event
more than a year ago. Many parishioners spent hours
and hours on all aspects of this celebration and hundreds
came and joined in the fun. We started with the
Noon Mass during which children and adults in native
dress and costume processed in before Mass. The outfits
were remarkably colorful and gave living expression
to the diversity we share in our parish as represented
by the 32 different flags that adorned the church.
About 10 different languages were represented at the
Mass as parishioners spoke the General Intercessions in
their ancestral or native tongue. Many people remarked
about the beauty of the liturgy; much of the beauty seen
as we gathered around the table of the Lord as people
from so many different heritages.
After Mass, a bagpiper led us on our way to the festival
of food, song, dance and music in the school gymnasium
and yard. The food was unbelievable. More than
75 dishes were served and each was delicious. Some
parishioners prepared entire meals and we estimate that
more than 800 people shared in the delights.
Outside, under a tent, entertainment extended from
l:30 to 4:30. Dance, song, and music filled the air on
this warm sunny afternoon. People loved it and it was a
wonderful experience of community spirit.
This celebration was truly an event that recognized the
diverse talent that we share in our parish community.
So much of the appreciation for this beautiful day belongs
to the hard working committee that spent hours
and hours not only planning and preparing, but also in
serving and in cleaning up afterwards. Having begun
on Sunday prior to 8:00 AM; the committee only finished
at 5:30 PM when the last chair was folded and the
gym floor was swept clean. Congratulations and many
thanks to the Multicultural Festival Committee; You all
did a great job!
August 3, 2002
The Parish will celebrate a special Mass as we observe
the First Anniversary of September 11. It is still to be
determined the exact date and time. Consideration is
being given to having a Mass on the evening of September
10 or 11. Next week's bulletin will announce
the date after a decision is made this week.
We began our Centennial celebration with a Mass on
January 1, 2002 and the first half of the celebration
culminated with the wonderful Multicultural Day on
Sunday, June 30, a truly great experience of our diversity
and unity. We are now ready to resume the celebration.
On Thursday, August 8, a group of parishioners will
pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Eastport.
While there, we will have Mass and other prayer
gatherings. The bus is filled for the trip; parishioners
who wish to travel by car are welcome to attend; call
the rectory for additional information. Our Lady of the
Island is a beautiful place to visit on a summer afternoon.
Please mark your calendar for Sunday, September 8,
the Noon Mass. Bishop Murphy will come and celebrate
Mass for the Feast of the Birth of Mary on that
day. This is our Centennial Mass. Great music involving
all our singing groups is planned. A renewal of our
Baptismal Promises will be led by Bishop Murphy; a
lawn reception will follow. All parishioners are especially
invited to attend this celebration; summer vacation will have ended;
school will be back in session; we
all hope that this Eucharist will be a special memory for
all who fill the church that day.
Tickets for the Parish Centennial Dinner Dance on Friday,
November 8 at Milleridge Cottage are selling
quickly. More than 325 tickets are sold and less than
100 seats remain. We may well sell out, meaning that
some of us might be disappointed. So if you wish to
attend, I encourage you to purchase your tickets soon.
A form is available in today's bulletin and on the website.
August 17, 2002
Two major anniversary events to mark on your September
calendar! Sunday, September 8, Noon Mass, our
Parish Centennial Mass on The Feast of the Birth of
Mary. A big celebration of our 100 years. I hope we
pack the Church!
Secondly, the week of Sunday, September 22 — Father
Vincent Youngberg will come and preach our Centennial
Parish Mission. Fr. Youngberg is a well known
and loved preacher. On two separate occasions I was
with friends from other parishes and when they heard
Fr. Youngberg was coming to Holy Name of Mary,
they said they'll be here. They have heard him before
and want to come again. Mark your calendars, the
week of September 22.
August 31, 2002
I encourage and invite all of you to our special
Centennial Mass, next Sunday, September 8 at the
Noon Mass. l am confident it will be a wonderful
One hundred years of families, faith, and fidelity
to the Lord is something to be excited about. At
this Mass we will recall the first Baptism in our
parish that took place on May 25, 1902. Since
then, thousands have been baptized. We will have
the opportunity to renew our own Baptismal promises on Sunday.
I believe it is truly a privilege to be pastor at Holy
Name of Mary at this significant time. We have
received the legacy of all those who have gone before
us. Most especially, we need to recall the gift
of our first pastor, Msgr. Peter McGovern. He
led the beginnings of this new community, built
several buildings, started our parish school and remained
pastor for 50 years until 1952. He must
have been a truly dedicated and committed priest.
Another great gift we have among us are those parishioners
who are still here from the days of
Msgr. McGovern. I very much enjoy hearing these
senior wisdom people tell stories of the early days.
These long time parishioners, born, baptized,
raised, married and now retired in our parish are a
wonderful source of history and inspiration. They
truly know and love Holy Name of Mary, and their
fidelity and commitment to the parish through the
joys and the sorrows, the good and the bad, are
truly an inspiration to our own faith.
This Centennial Mass is more than a time just to
look back. It is also a time to understand the present
and look to the future. At this time the church
and the parish face many challenges. We have new
problems and we need to look for new solutions.
We have many new families and faces in the parish
and we look for new ways of welcoming people and helping
them feel at home.
Our Centennial gives us the opportunity to look
back with gratitude to the past and take lessons
from what we learn. Many of those lessons will
help us shape the future of the parish. Our two
greatest strengths are the Eucharist and our fidelity
to prayer. The gift of the Body of Christ in
Holy Communion has sustained this parish for
more than one hundred years and will be the greatest
source of nourishment and direction for the
next one hundred years. There is no substitute for
the weekly reception of Holy Communion at Sunday Mass.
Similarly, our prayer is so very important. Prayer
for one another, our families, ourselves and the
church is one of the best things we can do for each
other. Because we bear the name, Holy Name of
Mary, I think we can claim a special relationship
to the Blessed Mother and her powerful and
prayerful intercession. As you complete reading
this reflection, I invite you to pray a Hail Mary for
whatever intention that is close to your heart.
Again, I invite you to the Noon Mass on September 8.
A lawn reception of sandwiches and beverages will follow.
Bring families and friends. All
September 7, 2002
On Wednesday, September 11 our nation, along with people throughout the world, will
remember the tragedy of one year ago. After discussion with many people, the work of a special
committee, and the consideration of several ideas, our parish will offer what we hope is a very
prayerful and helpful remembrance. We are preparing for a full 24-hour time of prayer that will
begin on Tuesday evening, September 10 with a 7:30 p.m. Mass and conclude on Wednesday
evening, September 11 with a 7:30 p.m. Mass. Hopefully this full day period of prayer will
allow every parishioner who wishes to spend some time at our parish church the opportunity to
do that. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and participation in the Eucharist are wonderful
ways of reflecting on the meaning of this day and receiving healing graces.
We will begin our remembrance with a Mass on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. This Mass
will be a Mass for Peace and Justice with the Intention of the Victims and Their Families of
September 11, 2001. Immediately following the Tuesday evening Mass, we will begin a 24-hour
period of prayer that will extend through the night on Tuesday, through all day Wednesday and
conclude Wednesday night with Mass at 7:30 p.m.
After Mass on Tuesday, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will follow and continue all
through the night. At the beginning of each hour a decade of the Rosary will be recited. We
hope that many parishioners will be present for this time of continuous prayer. We would ask
that at least three parishioners be present for each hour. A sign-up for the volunteers will be
available in the Church after September 1.
September 11 will be a mournful day. Each Mass will be concelebrated that day. The Mass
intention of the 7:30 and 12:10 Masses will be honored and each Mass will include the Intention
of the Victims of September 11 and their families. At the 9:00 Mass, at which our school children
will be present, the sole intention is the World Trade Center Victims and Their Families.
Exposition will continue through the day on Wednesday and our Prayer Remembrance will end
with Mass at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
A summary of our prayer time for this Day of Remembrance is as follows:
- Tuesday, September 10 - 7:30 p.m. Mass
Tuesday, September 10 - 9:00 p.m. to Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 p.m. —
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Recitation of a Decade of the Rosary at
the start of each hour. Please note: Exposition does not take place during Mass.
Wednesday, September 11 - 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. Masses
Conclusion: Wednesday, September 11 - 7:30 p.m. Mass
Hopefully, all parish families will find in this remembrance schedule an invitation to pray. We
hope that many will be able to attend one of these Masses during these sacred days when so
many of us remember loved ones, friends and neighbors.
I especially invite you to remember those families of Holy Name of Mary Parish for whom
September 11 will be so personally mournful. May the faith we share be a source of healing,
particularly for these families.
September 14, 2002
This past week was a most blessed one for us. A
week filled with many graces and a wonderfully
prayerful and holy spirit.
We began the week on Sunday with the celebration
led by Bishop Murphy of our 100th Anniversary. So
many parts of this liturgy and lawn reception were
very special and memorable. Our Church looked
beautiful. A committee of volunteers led by
Rita Fitzgibbon and Betty Bartolomeo did a magnificent
job of making the sanctuary look splendid for
the Centennial Mass. The ushers, greeters and
young STEWFORKIDS led by Maureen Venetucci
and Felicia Lotti welcomed everyone with a program
and specially designed candle. Our Liturgy Commitee
worked behind the scenes on particular details.
Mrs. Rosemary Horgan, Parish Secretary,
spent many hours preparing the booklet and prayer
card. The Liturgy itself was celebrated with great
reverence and joy. The altar servers, lectors, gift
bearers, our sacristans: who set the table, all who
ministered as extraordinary ministers, deacons, each
added to the sacred spirit that was created by so
Our music and song stirred many. Mr. Kevin
Faughey spent much time and energy organizing,
preparing, rehearsing and bringing together the efforts
of more than 60 musicians and singers. Our
cantor, Reneé Socci, our three sopranos, the Choir,
Folk Group, Spanish Choir, and Children's Choir
combined talents and their own enthusiasm to provide
a music program that helped draw us all together
on this important occasion and express our
Afterwards, the reception coordinated by Mrs.
Marianne Madden with the Knights of Columbus,
Parents Club, Youth Ministry and other volunteers
brought the day to great conclusion. The day was
bright and sunny and the parish grounds looked better
What made the day so great was that well more than
100 parishioners pooled together their time and talent
and created a great celebration. For me, that was
the greatest blessing of the day: the generous spirit
of so many parishioners who offered themselves in
so many different ways. So many take great pride in
Holy Name of Mary Parish. A celebration like last
Sunday gives us great reason to believe that God has
blessed us with a rich community of faith-filled and
committed Catholics. Many thanks to all who participated
in any way. I knew in trying to think of all
who participated, I had to forget someone or some
group. I apologize; know that I thank you as part of
the wonderful community we share here at Holy
Name of Mary.
Our Prayer Day of Remembrance on September 10 -
11 was very special, so very reverent and deeply
meaningful. Many, many participated in so many
ways. Your presence, participation, and prayer was
a bold statement of faith and a source of healing and
I could cite so many examples that moved me personally.
For many, this day became like a day of retreat.
Some people chose to participate in both the
Tuesday and Wednesday evening Masses. People
came steadily through the night, pre-dawn hours,
and all day Wednesday to pray quietly. Parents
came with young children; commuters came before
work; men in uniform came to pray for fallen brothers;
people set alarms and came in the middle of the
night. Some of our families involved in the NYFD
prayed here and then joined others at their firehouses.
So many of our retired parishioners were
here repeatedly throughout the day. It was deeply
Several of our families who lost their dad and husband
were present with other family members and
friends. They then gathered with those they love in
different ways to enjoy the love and support that is
such an important part of the healing process. These
young families remain at the heart of our prayer.
September 11, 2001 was a horrific day, filled with
fire and gloomy darkness. September 11, 2002,
truly became a day of hope and renewed commitment
to healing of which prayer and the support of
others are so essential. The gusty winds of
September 11, 2002, I will always remember as a reminder
of my experience of this day. This past
Wednesday was a very holy day — a day during
which I marveled at the tremendously strong faith
that is present in our parish, I am very grateful to all
who participated in the prayer of this most
September 28, 2002
As was announced last week at each of the weekend
Masses, our Centennial Dinner Dance at Milleridge
Cottage on Friday, November 8 is now sold
out. We had a great response and we are looking
forward to a marvelous celebration of our 100
years. Mrs. Barbara Cercone is our Chairperson
and she has been doing a great job with her committee
in preparation for this event. If any more
reservations are received, they will be recorded
with the date arrived and put on a waiting list. If
there are any cancellations for the dinner dance,
they will be filled by an invitation to those on the
waiting list. We reached our capacity last Saturday,
September 21. We realize that some disappointed
parishioners who would like to attend the
dinner dance may not be able, but we have reached
the capacity of the facility at Milleridge.
Fr. Vincent Youngberg has just completed his parish
mission. Between the morning and evening
sessions, about 650 parishioners participated. People
left Fr. Youngberg's talks feeling renewed and
challenged. Many, many people expressed great
delight as they left the mission each day. Fr.
Youngberg continues to be a gift to many parishes
throughout Long Island and we are very grateful to
him for his second visit to our parish. For those interested
in his tapes and various books that were
part of his presentation, more information can be
found in another part of the bulletin. Special
thanks to MaryAnn Morrison, Cynthia Giugliano
and their committee for doing a marvelous job of
organizing and hosting the mission for us.
October 12, 2002
Many thanks to Sr. Barbara, the Folk Group, and
those many families and parishioners who participated
this past Tuesday night in our Family Rosary
and Ice Cream Night. We prayed and then treated
ourselves to Haagen Dazs. All who came enjoyed
the time for prayer, the company of friends and the
ice cream treat.
The November 8 Dinner Dance is sold out. For those
who wish a seat on the bus that will bring parishioners
to and from the dinner, call the rectory and ask
for further information. No seats remain for the dinner.
Seats do remain on the bus.
November 02, 2002
The newest bestseller in Valley Stream is the Holy Name
of Mary Centennial History. Four Hundred copies of
this 109 page volume have already been sold. 600 copies
remain and are on sale after Mass today at the exits of the
church for five dollars each. This donation covers the expense
of printing and will provide a source of financial
support for our new Youth Ministry.
The Centennial History is truly a labor of love
by parishioner Mike Quigley. Mike spent hundreds of
hours these past nine months accumulating, history, statistics
and anecdotes about our 100 year history. We are
very grateful to Mike for his tremendous dedication and
commitment to this project. Printed in large type format,
the book can easily be read by all in the family.
Another volume, the Centennial Journal will be
distributed this Friday at the Centennial Dinner Dance at
the Milleridge Cottage. The Centennial Journal is also
the product of much labor and enthusiasm, headed by
Betty and Dick Bartolomeo and Mike Quigley. All who
supported this very successful endeavor are eligible to
receive this book. More details will appear in a subsequent bulletin.
In the meantime, support Youth Ministry with a
five dollar donation and enjoy the history of your parish!
I took forward to seeing many of you at the Centennial Dinner Dance on Friday night. The festivities begin at 7:00 PM at the Milleridge Cottage.
November 16, 2002
The Dinner Dance at Milleridge was a huge success - -
no other way to describe it. All 425 people who attended
are very grateful to Mrs. Barbara Cercone and
her committee who organized the evening. From the
cocktail hour to the midnight conclusion, people had a
lot of fun. Old friends saw each other and caught up on
many fond memories. Graduates of our school delighted
in seeing Sister Elizabeth. Parents and Catechists
of many years ago greeted Sister Barbara and recalled stories
of prior Confirmation and First Communions. Sister
Margie went from table to table sharing the news of
how Parish Outreach continues to expand. Parishioners
from the 1940s recalled stories of those days with Father
Tom Kelly. It was truly a night of friendship and
history centered on faith. The night was very short on
speeches and filled with dancing. Many, many people
have commented on the community spirit that filled the
dining room at Milleridge. Again, many thanks to Barbara
Cercone and her committee.
The Centennial Journal was also available at the Dinner Dance.
Mike Quigley, Betty and Dick Bartolomeo
did a great job at putting together this very successful
journal and fundraiser. We thank all those who supported
the journal; after all who purchased ads for the
book, have received a copy, it will be made available to
other parishioners who are interested in purchasing one.
November 30, 2002
Sunday, December 8, Noon Mass - - Closing Centennial
We have had a great Centennial Celebration this past
year. Throughout the past twelve months we have come
together many times to celebrate our past and our community
spirit. At this Mass, next Sunday, we will have
a Mass that concludes this special year of grace. We
have invited all those families that have had a Baptism
here during the past year. The presence of these young
babies and their families are a great sign of hope to us
as we begin our second 100 years. After the Mass, there
will be a reception in the school. All parishioners are
invited to this Closing Centennial Mass.