The Gift of Life

08-18-2019From the Pastor's DeskPeggy Soviero

In this week’s pastor’s column, Peggy Soviero, our Director of Religious Formation for Levels 5-8, shares the story of a young mother and her now grown son who were assisted by our LifeNet program. It is an excellent follow up to Fr. George’s column two weeks ago about making judgments.

“All good works take place when we are open to hear where God calls us, accept his challenge and put it into action.” Twenty-three years ago, I had the opportunity, with the help of the pro-life coordinator here at St. Patrick’s, to put God’s challenge into action by forming a program called “LifeNet.” This program was established to assist and support young girls and their families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. LifeNet seeks to reveal that there are alternatives to abortion and that the volunteers of LifeNet stand strong and ready to help them bring life to its term. We, in LifeNet, continue to “be there” for those who need us.

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Anger and Forgiveness by Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald

08-18-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Catholic psychotherapist Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald provides a spiritual and psychological prescription for overcoming the sinful anger that poisons the mind of Christ within, causing alienation and division. His practical wisdom shows that only by learning how to forgive can we hope to promote healing and understanding in our relationships and enjoy the blessings of a forgiving heart.

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Edith Stein

08-11-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

This is a moving, artistic portrayal of the life of Jewish philosopher, Catholic convert, and Carmelite martyr, Edith Stein. It captures the interior struggles of this extraordinary woman, as well as the great conflicts from her decision to convert to Catholicism. Deeply influenced by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila, she joined the Carmelites, took the name of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was put to death in Auschwitz in 1942, and canonized by John Paul II in 1998. This film shows how two worlds, the Jewish and the Christian, were united within her in absolute coherence in her search for truth. She has become one of the most beautiful symbols in a horrifying period of history because she sought to transform her sufferings under the Nazis into a journey through the “interior castle” as the way to mystical union with God. One phrase, “love conquers fear,” embodies her philosophy of life. Shot in a kind of rich expressionist realism, it’s backed by poignant chant music that makes every frame haunting and alive. Actress Maia Morgenstern (The Passion of the Christ) stars in a powerful performance as Stein.

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A Message from Bishop John Barres

08-11-2019AllMost Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre

This week's letter is from Bishop John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre

Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ:
Our Church continues to suffer as a result of past sins of sexual abuse of minors. Victim survivors of abuse and their families also continue to carry the terrible effects of that abuse. We pray that the fire of the Holy Spirit may descend upon the Church to purify and sanctify her. It is also important that we are all aware of recent developments that will cause uncertainty and present serious challenges for us in the months and perhaps years ahead.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act (CVA) into law last February. The CVA suspends for one year any statute of limitations associated with alleged sexual abuse of a minor. This law will allow currently time-barred lawsuits to be brought against individuals as well as public and private institution, regardless of how many years or even decades ago the abuse may have taken place.

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Do Not Judge

08-04-2019From the Pastor's DeskFr. George Thomas

This week’s Pastor’s column was written by Fr. George Thomas, who is working in our parish over the summer months.

When Msgr. Walden asked me to write the From the Pastor’s Desk column for the parish bulletin, I was a bit confused about what to write. Then one of my classmates back from Kerala called me up. While we were talking, he asked me to evaluate the cultures of India, Belgium (where I am studying) and the United States. Even though it sounded innocuous, the more I thought about it, the more I was convinced of the complications involved in answering it. This gave me an idea about the subject to write about for the bulletin. But when I started to mull over what to write and how to write, I started feeling like “Oh God, what have I gotten myself into!” On the periphery, it seemed to be like a very simple task, a piece of cake, so to speak. However, as I began to seriously think about it, it dawned on me that there are so many layers to the issue at stake and that I know next to nothing about these cultures. Evaluating these different cultures will necessarily entail some judgements. A judgement needs to be objective for it to have some semblance of authenticity. And in order to be objective, a lot of research has to be done to understand the nuances and subtleties involved. At the very onset, I have to humbly say that I am not qualified to make such a judgement. Nevertheless, I am using my ignorance to prove a point that is very dear to the heart of the New Testament and something that appears time and again in the teachings of Jesus and his apostles – do not judge.

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Brother Francis: The Rosary

08-04-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Join Brother Francis in this entertaining and guidance-filled presentation that will inspirechildren to deepen their faith by praying the Rosary! This episode includes:

  • The prayers of the Rosary as well as the Apostles’ Creed—each wonderfullyvisualized!
  • The Annunciation—an animated portrayal of Mary’s joyful submission to God’s will.Two visualized songs:
  • “I Love to Pray”—an energetic, catchy song that will encourage children tocommunicate with God anywhere and anytime!
  • “The Our Father”—an uplifting musical rendition that celebrates our Heavenly Father’spresence in our daily lives!

Besides being a lot of fun, Brother Francis: The Rosary is a captivating way to help children use their hearts andminds in prayer.

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