My dear people of St. Mary’s:
Rather than my usual weekly column, this week’s article is more in the way of Notes and Asides.
As part of the “Fortnight for Religious Freedom,” called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, you are invited to a rally at Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip on June 29, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, to demonstrate our resolve that Freedom of Religion will not disappear in our country during our lifetime. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Murphy.
In addition, our Deanery will join together for Solemn Evening Prayer as part of the Fortnight for Religious Freedom. We at St. Mary’s in Roslyn will be hosting this event on Friday, June 28th at 7:30 pm in the church. Fr. Elias Carr, the pastor of St Rocco’s, will be the homilist. Fr. Bob Romeo, the area dean, will preside.
This Saturday, June 22nd, Bishop Murphy will ordain two men to the priesthood for our diocese: Jason Grisafi, 27, from Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park; and Brandon O’Brien, 27, from the Church of the Sacred Heart in North Merrick. Please pray for Fr. Grifasi and Fr. O’Brien as they begin their ministry to the people of our diocese.
As the summer approaches, there are a number of things for you to be aware of. First, I will be taking my vacation in July, but do not be alarmed. Like General MacArthur: I shall return. Among my travel plans, I will be spending some retreat time in Ars, France. St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, is the patron saint of all parish priests. Some years ago, Blessed John Paul II suggested that a retreat center for priest-pilgrims be built to encourage those from all over the world to spend time “getting to know” the Curé of Ars in the little town where he prompted a spiritual revolution that swept across France. Afterwards, I will be on a religious pilgrimage traveling to Fatima and Lourdes. I am very exited to be going to these two great Marian shrines for the first time. I promise to remember all of you in my prayers on this retreat and pilgrimage.
While I am away I am happy to welcome Fr. Edsel Delfin. A priest from the diocese of Capiz in the Philippines, Fr. Edsel is currently a student at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (The Pontifical Filipino College) in Rome. Last year he served for the summer at St. Killian’s in Farmingdale. Fr. Edsel will be with us for the months of July and August.