July 3, 2016
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost –Fourteenth Sunday Throughout the Year
Independence Day: We wish all of our dear par ishioner s a ver y Happy Four th of J uly. Let us continue to pray that our beloved country will always walk under the laws of God so that she may be a true light to all the nations. We will all enjoy a hot dog this weekend!
Third Anniversary: Many of you ar e awar e that we have deadlines because of the new pr inting schedule of the bulletin. And even the pastor must follow the deadlines. So I find myself writing this article on Sunday June 26, 2016, even though it will not appear until July 3rd . It must be sent to the printer tomorrow. I recall that it was three years ago today that I arrived at St. Paul’s. I remember the day so well. Mr. Black, one of our parish trustees at the time, along with some young people, assisted in unloading the truck. My first visitor to welcome me to the parish was Mr. Tom Fitzsimmons a longtime friend through the Little Sisters of the Poor.
My second visitor was my close friend of over 20 years, Father Elias, who is the pastor of St. Rocco in Glen Cove. Father Elias of St. Rocco and Father Daniel of St. Patrick and I were all students in Rome together many years ago. We were happy that after so many years we would be neighbors again. I am so happy to be so close to my friends the Canons Regular of St. Augustine who staff the Glen Cove parishes These three years have been most challenging. We have all tried to work together for the renewal of our parish. The only true renewal is a spiritual renewal and the growth in holiness. The physical renewal of our building and grounds, while most important, is secondary to the life of grace in souls.I want to thank you for your outstanding cooperation in working with me to build up the Kingdom of God in this parish. And yet ultimately this is a supernatural work that depends completely on God and His Most Holy Mother.
It was a grace and a joy for me to be appointed the pastor at St. Paul. As many of you know, for many years I had been in administration of the diocese and teaching. For several years I had studied and lived in Rome. I never thought I would be a parish priest. But all the while, my own good father who is dead over 23 years, prayed I would be a parish priest. He was a good and simple man. He was a man of great faith and highly decorated for his service in the South Pacific during World War II. He was in the battle of Guadalcanal and vowed that if he survived that battle he would attend the Miraculous Medal Novena every Monday night of his life. (He was in anti-aircraft and lost his hearing in his left ear; with sadness he told us of incidents of
what would later be called friendly fire). He was faithful to that promise and brought me along with him to the Novena every Monday night. It was there that I discovered my vocation to the priesthood. As I looked at the monstrance even as a ten year old I knew someone was there. I looked at the good God, and the good God looked at me.
My father was never impressed when after a few short years in parish life I was sent for doctoral
studies to Rome and assigned to the chancery and to teaching. He, in his simple way, used to say a priest should be with parishioners in a church, not in a classroom or office. Now I believe he is happy; I am a parish priest again.
My only sorrow is that my mother who died in February never was at St. Paul’s save for the day of her Funeral Mass. The work of a pastor is most difficult and she has been helping me from heaven, particularly in our Feasibility Study and Capital Campaign.
The 2017 Mass Book is open for your Mass Intentions. Please come to the Parish Office
during regular business hours.
Pews: Please take a look at the last pew in the “pie” section near Our Lady’s altar. It has recently been restored by the Keck Group. The Keck Group is the premiere company in the United States for pew restoration. They recently renovated all the pews at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York.
They also just complete the pew renovation at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. The company is located in nearby Middletown New York. Bob Keck, the owner of the company, and his son Terry have visited St. Paul’s twice.
The pews of the Church are made of exceptional quality oak. Sadly in modern furniture making it is the custom to cut the trees while they are young, so as to turn a quick profit. This does not allow the trees to mature and thus show the fine grain that we associate with good quality wood. The wood of which the pews in our Church are made is old wood, with beautiful grain and of exceptionally good quality. Such pews would be irreplaceable today. That is why we are restoring them to their natural beauty.Over the years there has naturally been wear and tear on the pews and kneelers. Because of deferred maintenance in some places the material of the pews cannot even be recognized as wood. As can be seen in the restored pew, the wood now shows its natural beauty. It is smooth to the touch and very beautiful. The kneelers are covered in cloth, since, as we know, vinyl rips and wears very easily.
Please notice the pew and then it will be obvious how much more beautiful the Church will look
when all the pews are restored to their natural beauty.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda