St Patrick's of Smithtown
Welcome to the Parish
Palm Sunday, March 16th
Saturday, 5 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM,
12 Noon, 5:00 PM
Holy Thursday, March 20th
9 AM Morning Prayer
8 PM Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
(Altar of Repose will be open after Mass until midnight.)
Good Friday, March 21st
9:00 AM Morning Prayer
12 Noon Stations of the Cross
3 PM Stations of the Cross*
*Youth Community's Live Presentation
8 PM Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Holy Saturday, March 22nd
9:00 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 PM Easter Vigil*
(Only Mass of the Day)
Easter Sunday, March 23rd
7:30 AM, 9:00* AM, 10:30* AM, 12 Noon*
*Mass celebrated in Church and in Canning Hall
(There will be no 5:00 PM Mass on Easter Sunday.)
Lent offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, to examine our hearts and our lives and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Please take advantage of the following opportunites offered by our parish:
Monday through Friday
6:45 AM Mass
9:00 AM Mass
12:10 PM Mass
7:30 PM Mass
ConfessionSaturdays in Lent -- 3:45 to 4:45 PM
Sundays in Lent -- 8:15 to 8:45 AM
Mondays in Lent -- 6:45 to 7:15 PM
Monday, March 17th, 3 to 9 PM
Good Friday, March 21st, Following the 3 PM & 8 PM Liturgies
Anytime by appointment in the rectory.
Evenings of Prayer
Sisters of St. JosephWednesdays
February 13th, 20th, 27th
March 5th & 12th
at 7:30 PM
in the Convent Chapel
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent
at 8:15 PM in the Church,
begining February 8th
Each week, the Stations will be led by a different
parish organization as follows:
February 8 - Catholic Daughters
February 15 - Legion of Mary
February 22 - RCIA
February 29 - Confirmation Candidates
March 7 - Knights of Columbus
March 14 - Rosary Altar Society
Lenten Regulations:Abstinence & Fasting:
All Catholics who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, inclusive, are also bound to observe the law of fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day.
The obligation to do penance and to observe the appointed penitential season is a serious one. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause for excuse. A more serious reason is required to excuse oneself from Ash Wednesday and Good Friday fast and abstinence.
Support those in need in our parish: Nonperishable food may be donated in the white Parish Outreach containers located at the exits of the church. Money may be donated in the poor boxes.
Support those in need in our area: This year, our Lenten Parish Project is to raise money for Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch which recently lost its Outreach Center in a fire. Contributions may be placed in the containers at the church exits.
The St. Patrick Youth Community will give
A Live Presentation of the Stations of the Cross
This year on March 21st, Good Friday at 3:00 PM, the young people from our parish will give their annual and moving live portrayal of the Stations of the Cross. All are welcome to attend!
March 21st, Good Friday at 3:00 PM
2008 Catholic Ministries Appeal
The Hands of Christ-supporting the Community Around Us
Catholic Minististries supports many activities and programs in the
church, the communitity and the world. These include Education in our
various elementary and high schools; Formation for religious
instruction and guidance for our children, adult parishioners, those
newly entering our faith and our various Seminarians; our Parishes;
Catholic Charities; and Pastoral Outreach.
Please consider making a gift to this program that supports our church, our faith, our community and our world.
During Lent we are given the invitation to sacrifice to help others. The gift of blood is a life giving gift.
Tuesday, March 18th
4 to 9:30 PM in Canning Hall
Sign-ups will take place after all Masses on March 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th.
St Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 14th at 7:30 PM
at Flowerfields of St. James
Cost: $75 per person
Tickets go on sale
February 9th & 1oth
St. Patrick Youth’s Annual
Easter Plant Sale
Easter Sunday, March 23rd
After All Masses
(as long as supplies last
Hyacinths - Daffodils - Easter Lilies
Hydrangeas - Pansies - Tulips
Ignite the Flame in Your Heart!
Join St. Patrick’s Youth Community
Amazing Race Retreat
at Frost Valley Retreat House, Claryville, NY
for young people in grades 7 to 12
April 18th (4 PM St. Patrick’s Departure)
April 20th (5 PM St. Patrick’s Arrival)
Please call the Youth Office for Reservations, 360-0185
CPR & First Aid Trained Adult Chaperones
St. Patrick School will hold its
from 9 AM to 4 PM
A Day of Fun for the Whole Family
"Special Blessing" on all vehicles
Food! - Raffles! - Giveaways!
Moon Bouncer - 24’ Slide for the Kids!
Music & Much Much More!
For information, call John Forlenza at 588-2696.
Holy Mother Mary Columbiettes
Location: Knights of Columbus Council Hall
130 Lake Ave. South
Nesconset, NY 11767
Please call Toni Baldi at 724-1381
to reserve your tickets
"Enough is enough!" How often has this thought gone through our minds. When we are sick sometimes in frustration we think, "enough is enough." Sometimes when we finally go on vacation, as it comes to an end we think, "enough is enough, I am ready to go back to the normal routine." During the season of Lent we look into our hearts to see how we can become more the person God created us to be and we want to be. Where can we honestly say about ourselves, "enough is enough?" What habits or ways of thinking and acting do we know we should change, but don’t quite seem to get there. During Lent we hear the call to change and are given the grace to respond to that call.
As much as we look at "enough is enough" in our own personal lives, we also look at how much is enough as far as God is concerned for us. In the beginning of creation God made us in his own image. Soon after that the first or original sin was committed. From that point on evil began to snowball. Finally in chapter six of the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God said, "Enough is enough!" The result was the flood that destroyed the whole earth and only Noah was saved. God destroyed all who were evil and began to restore creation through Noah. After the flood God promised never to destroy the earth in that way again. In fact we can never get to the point where God will ever give up on us. In Jesus we clearly see how he never says, "Enough is enough." He preached the good news, healed the sick, raised the dead and forgave sinners. Finally he gave his life on the cross for us. What more could he do? He gave himself totally and completely for us that we might see God’s great love for us and his desire to bring us into his life as his children. As we faithfully seek to live as the children of God in Jesus’ image our challenge is to rise above the thought that sometimes frustrates our spirit: "Enough is enough!" When people don’t respond to our love, when we are hurt by the words or actions of others we are tempted to lose heart and get very angry and spiteful. It is not easy to continue to love and forgive. In Jesus we see we can never reach the point where we have loved or forgiven enough.
In our state we have surely reached the point where enough is enough as far as abortion is concerned. Gov. Spitzer is putting forth a bill that will make abortion a fundamental right in our state. New York state has the sad history of being the first state to legalize abortion in 1970, three years before it was declared legal by the Supreme Court with Roe vs. Wade. In a column in The Daily News almost two weeks ago, the columnist said, "But the fact that one in three New York pregnancies ends in abortion - a rate far higher than elsewhere in the developed world - is nothing to be proud of." He continues, these steps of Gov. Spitzer "won’t even make it easier to get abortions in New York - because it can’t get much easier than it already is. New York imposes no waiting periods or parental notice requirements. It has plenty of abortion providers by national standards, and it’s one of the few places where new ones are opening. And if a woman can’t afford to terminate her own pregnancy, the state Medicaid program will pick up the tab." Enough is enough!" In our efforts to eliminate this evil we have the leader of our state promoting it even more. As I said about other politicians who support and defend abortion, I would not want to be in their shoes on judgement day.
Practically speaking we can do something to speak about Gov. Spitzer’s Extreme Abortion Bill (S.5829), known as "RHAPP’, the Reproductive Health & Privacy Protection Act. We can call our State Senator through the Senate switchboard at 518-455-2800. We can also e-mail our State Senator through the New York State Catholic Conference website at www.nyscatholic.org. I received a letter of acknowledgement from Joseph Bruno from the New York State Senate when I voiced my concern through the website. I invite you to speak with me in the name of life. Only when our voices are loud and strong enough will pelicans like Gov. Spitzer get the message that "enough is enough!" The other challenge we face is to not vote for people who promote and defend abortion. Since it is obvious we are not going to change their minds, we have a responsibility to replace them with those who will defend life at every stage of development. As long as good people stand by and do nothing, evil will never have enough of its way!
The Roman Catholic Community of St. Patrick, Smithtown sees itself as:
- The People of God, The Body of Christ.
- Enlightenment by the Word of God.
- Nourished by the Life of Christ in the Sacraments.
- Supported by our love for and our forgiveness of each other.
- Empowered to bring the love, justice and peace of Christ to our families, our neighbors, our friends, our enemies, the poor and the powerless.
- Called to reach out to the unchurched and the non-practicing members of our community and to assist in the spiritual, intellectual and social growth of all whose lives we touch.