My dear people of St. Mary’s,
This weekend we arrive at the First Sunday of Lent. As you know, Lent is the holy season the Church gives us each year as time to prepare ourselves spiritually for our greatest feast: the Resurrection of our Lord at Easter. I have always believed that Lent is a special time where great graces are available to us, more so than at other times of the year. Lent runs only forty days, and we should make every one of them count.
Bishop William Murphy has authored a Pastoral Letter (written to all the members of our diocese) entitled: The Harvest is Plenty. This letter addresses the important topic of those who have drifted away from the practice of their Catholic Faith. It is a direct invitation to them to return, and it is an exhortation to the rest of us to do what we can to help them return and to welcome them back. You may pick up a printed copy of the Bishop’s letter at the Church and the Hall, or you may download a copy at the diocesan website: www.drvc.org, and click on the special link on the homepage.
Finally, we have another great blessing to announce to our diocese. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski, 52, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and currently serves as our Chancellor and Director of the Office of Worship.
Bishop Murphy will ordain Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski at a Mass of Episcopal Ordination to be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. Upon his appointment, the bishop-elect said:
My heart and mind turns into both wonder and joy. I am humbled by the Holy Father’s appointment and even though I always wanted to serve God and the Church in the best way I can, I am overwhelmed with the sense of my unworthiness. For that reason, I turn all my emotions and wonders into a song of gratitude. Humbled and in fear of my own unworthiness, I ask for support and prayers. I turn to Mary and Joseph and ask them for their assistance and help. I want, like Joseph, “Not to be afraid” and respond to the whispers of the Holy Spirit in the same way Mary did, “Fiat Voluntas Tua,” – May everything be done everywhere according to God’s will.
Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski was born in Czarna Biarostocta, Poland on December 18, 1961. The son of Tadeusz and Anna Zglejszewski, he studied philosophy and theology in Bialystok before coming to the United States in 1987. Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski completed his studies for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre by Bishop John R. McGann on May 26, 1990. After his ordination, Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski served as an associate pastor in the parishes of Saint Christopher, Baldwin (1990-1995); Saint Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead (1995-2003); and Saint Rose of Lima, Massapequa (2003-2007). In 2007, he was appointed by Bishop Murphy to be the Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship and, in 2012, he was appointed Co-Chancellor of Diocese of Rockville Centre. He recently assumed the position of Chancellor of the diocese.
Let us pray for Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski as he prepares to assume this new office within his vocation, that he will always allow himself to be guided by the Holy Spirit as he ministers to the people of God in our diocese.