Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! As we move from the month of the Most Holy Rosary (October) we find ourselves on the threshold of the month of November, the month of the Holy Souls, the month of the Communion of Saints. November is in the natural order the dying of the year, and so we look to those countless souls who have gone before us in the sign of faith and now rest in peace. Next week I will write at greater length about the Holy Souls. This week I would like to write about several spiritual events that will be coming up in our parish. I would encourage all of you to take advantage of these opportunities for grace.
PARISH MISSION: This week will be our Parish Mission or Parish Retreat. It is my hope that each year we at St. Paul’s will have the opportunity for two Parish Retreats a year, one the autumn and one in Lent.
This year our Autumn Parish Retreat will be led by Father Daniel Nash, Can. Reg. Father Daniel is the Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove. Father Daniel is a member of a religious order, the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, and their motherhouse is near Vienna. Father is, however, an American and a native Long Islander. He is an alumnus of Chaminade High School in Mineola and is a very renowned retreat master throughout our country. It will be a great grace to welcome Father Daniel. Each evening there will be exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and time for private prayer followed by the Retreat Talk which will be uplifting and bring us closer to God. Confessions will be heard each evening of the retreat. Please make every effort to attend the Retreat.
ALL SAINTS DAY: Saturday of this week is the Solemnity of All Saints (November 1st). Because it falls on a Saturday there is no obligation to attend Mass, but it is my fond hope that many of our faithful parishioners will attend the Mass on Saturday at 9.00AM.
Sunday is the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed or All Souls Day. Be sure to return your envelope with your beloved deceaseds’ names on it so that they may be remembered at the Altar of God.
SOLEMN HIGH MASS IN THE TRADITIONAL LATIN RITE: On Monday evening November 3rd there will be a Solemn High Mass in the Traditional Lain Rite, also called the Extraordinary Form. This Mass is for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Please make every effort to attend and bring the children so that they may learn of this great and rich part of our spiritual heritage. Many may know that there will be three sacred ministers at the Mass, the celebrant, the deacon, and the subdeacon.
MONSIGNOR COSTA HALL: May I once again thank all who devoted so much time and effort to make the dedication of Monsignor Costa Hall such a great success. The wonderful refreshments were provided by Mr. Owen Smith. Mr. Smith is a great friend to St. Paul (and a trustee of St. Mary’s, Roslyn). Mr. Smith is the owner of the Milleridge Inn and so we may say he is an honorary member of our parish.
Monsignor Costa’s nephew wrote to me after the dedication and I would like to quote a part of the letter: I would like to thank the parishioners of St. Paul’s. St. Paul’s was his (Monsignor Costa’s) other family for 27 years and he truly loved the parish. The dedication of the Hall on his birthday was a very special event for all to remember.
ST. AGNES MEDAL: We congratulate Antony and Teresa Kozhipatt on receiving the St. Agnes Medal today from Bishop Murphy at St. Agnes Cathedral. May God bless and reward them and may God bless and reward all of you
Benedicat Virgo Maria!
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda