Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Paul the Apostle,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your newly assigned Permanent Deacon and express to you my gratitude for the many good wishes I have already received from the people of St. Paul’s. I would also like to thank our Pastor, Msgr. Pereda for his most welcoming spirit and support as I begin the next chapter of my service to the Church.
Upon our relocation to the North Shore from Valley Stream in 1998, Nancy and I were parishioners of St. Paul’s; Nancy taught Religious Education and I was a Lector. Our daughter Tara attended Kellenberg Memorial High School and Megan was a second-grade student at St. Edward the Confessor School.
After a tragic fire occurred at St. Edward’s in 2000 and through my involvement in school events and functions, I was asked to co-chair the Building and Capital Campaign Committee and thus we became members of St. Edward’s. After my ordination in May of 2008, I was assigned to St. Edward’s as well, later taking on the position of Pastoral Associate.
Nancy and I were both raised in Valley Stream. I attended St. Pius X Preparatory High School Seminary (’77), the University of Dayton and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception for my diaconal studies. This year Nancy and I will joyously celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary! Tara is an officer and managing partner of our family business, International Time Products and Megan is a registered nurse at Manhasset-North Shore University Hospital with certifications in Neuroscience (CNRN) and Critical Care (CCRN). Our niece, Ann, a sophomore at St. John’s University in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences came to live with us in 2012. As a happy family of five, we reside now in Upper Brookville.
In the past 37 years, in addition to my many years of international business experience, I have served on various boards and committees in the Watch and Jewelry Industry. In addition, I am currently active in the establishment and development of a watchmaking training school for US veterans through the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative. Our mission is to train veterans (tuition free) to become certified watchmakers and bench jewelers, with an emphasis on training those who are disabled.
Within the Diocese of Rockville Centre, I serve on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities, the Board of Admissions for the Permanent Diaconate, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, the Assignment and Transfer Board for the Permanent Diaconate, as a Master of Ceremonies for the Auxiliary Bishops and as a Diocesan Training Facilitator for Liturgical Ministers. I was also member of the Advisory Board for the Office of the Propagation of the Faith and Missions Office.
I plan to continue to travel to the Dominican Republic annually serving the Missions of our Diocese on the Haitian-Dominican Republic border and am most dedicated to raising awareness as well financial support for the Missions throughout Long Island. It is my hope that we can form a missioners group here at St. Paul’s. In addition, with Nancy and the girls, we are actively involved in organizing and participating in various community social service projects and programs.
It is my hope and desire to serve you and Msgr. Pereda to the best of my ability in my vocation as a deacon, to become a part of the great St. Paul’s family along with my family and to live and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to each person I am privileged to encounter.
Thank you and may God be with you always.
Deacon Ray D’Alessio