Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost - August 12, 2018
Dear Parishioners of our Beloved St. Paul:
Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! Once again, may I express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your extraordinary kindness both to St. Paul the Apostle parish and to me. May God reward each and every one of you for your goodness in giving of your time, treasure and talent. I am sure you have noticed the recent improvements to the doors of our noble Church building as well as the beautiful landscaping and tree work. I am very humbled to serve as the pastor of such a wonderful parish.
This week we turn our thoughts to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, the All-Holy and Immaculate Mother of God, whose Assumption we will celebrate on Wednesday, August 15th. The Assumption is a Holy day of Obligation. The Masses will be celebrated on Tuesday evening at 7.30PM and on Wednesday at 8.00AM and 12.15PM.
The Assumption of Our Lady is both the most ancient and the principle Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It celebrates the wondrous mystery that at the end of her earthly life Our Lady was taken Body and Soul into Heaven.
Many of our parishioners have visited the tombs of the saints. Here in our beloved country we may visit the tomb of Mother Cabrini in upper Manhattan. We may visit the tomb of St John Neumann at the Church of St. Peter at the corner 5th Street and Gerard Street in Philadelphia; we may visit the tomb of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland. But no matter how many times we may circle the globe we will never find the tomb of the Virgin Mary. We, who are believers, know why that is the case. It is because there is no tomb nor has there ever been a place that has claimed to have her body! She was taken body and soul to heaven. There is no tomb.
Make every effort to attend Holy Mass and to offer a special gift of love to Our Lady. In many places there is the custom to fast from August 1st until August 15th. This is called Our Lady’s Lent. May God bless you.
SAVE THE DATES: It is never too early to begin to save the dates especially in parish life. Please remember our Parish Picnic which will be on Saturday Evening September 15th. I am grateful that Mrs. Louise Shannon and Mrs. Adriana Milana will be the co-chairs of the picnic this year and I am grateful to all who help with the picnic. As usual the Saturday evening Mass will be at 4.00PM immediately followed by the picnic. (Please note there will be no 5PM Mass that evening). There will be delicious food, music, and rides for the children. There will be special treats. Please offer to help in the organizing of the picnic. Many hands make light work. Confirmation students are reminded that their time spent in assisting the picnic effort will be counted as time for their service projects.
Our Gala Casino Night will be at the Milleridge Inn on Thursday, October 25th. This is always a fun filled event and a major fund raiser for our parish. The theme for this year’s Gala Casino night will be in observance of the 50th anniversary of the construction and dedication of our beautiful Church building (Dedicated May 26, 1968). Many may recall that in 2012 there was a Gala at the Fox Hollow to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the parish. The parish was established by a Decree of His Excellency Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg dated June 27, 1962 (the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help). That is why in 2012 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the parish’s establishment. However, as is the case in every parish, and as many still with us will remember, the establishment of a parish does not mean one may simply walk into a beautiful Church. Churches must be built by the hard work of parishioners after a new parish has been established. In fact, in 1962 no one, including the Bishop, was aware where the parish Church, priests’ residence and offices would be built. The only thing known was that the parish was named St. Paul the Apostle. That is why the early documents refer to St. Paul the Apostle, Muttontown. Finally, a tract of land was donated by the Froelich family and after six years, the new and noble Church was built.
It was dedicated by the same Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg (the first Bishop of Rockville Centre) on May 26, 1968 (the Feast of St. Philip Neri). That is why our Gala Casino Night does not commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the parish which was in 2012, but rather the 50th anniversary of the building, completion, and dedication of the Church building itself. Please pardon a personal reference. I hope it has become obvious to you after my being here for 5 years that I have always had an intense devotion to Our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I have always had an intense devotion to my favorite saint, St. Philip Neri. How frequently would I pray before his mortal remains in the Chiesa Nuova (Santa Maria in Vallicella) in Rome. Immediately upon my arrival here in 2013 I hung in the Daily Mass Chapel a beautiful image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, and a woodcut image of St. Philip Neri with his relic encased. At the time I was unaware of these two significant dates in our parish’s history. But God did and always does. He knows all things and can neither deceive nor be deceived.
St. Paul the Apostle Preschool: It is that time when all begin to think of the return to school. Here at St. Paul’s we eagerly look forward to the opening of Preschool in September and the return of our little ones. Although they may arrive with tears in their eyes to leave home for the first time, soon there are smiles and laughter as they join in the wonderful spirit of St. Paul’s Pre-School. That beautiful spirit is made possible by our dedicated faculty and staff. Mrs. Gayle Crimarco, our dedicated Director, begins her 18th year at the school this year. She is assisted in every way by Mrs. Debbie Oliva, long time parishioner who has served with dedication and distinction for so many years as Administrative Assistant. Gayle and Debbie are joined by a very dedicated staff who love the children and impart to them the wisdom of mind, body and soul. No wonder why the children sing with such gusto, Why I love St. Paul’s Preschool.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda