Bishop Barres Visit 5June2018

Bishop John Barres celebrated Mass with us for St. Boniface’s Feastday, June 5, 2018.

Fr. Mike Torpey 50th Anniversary and Memories

Fr. Mike Torpey, our Pastor from 1989 to 2007 celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his ordination with us on June 3, 2018.

Parish Council Notes

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

January 30, 2018 at the Rectory

In attendance: Fr. Kevin, Fr. Perera, John Daley, Bill Schiller, Scott Whitting, Ben Szemerenyi, Debbie Mink, Joe Giordano, Gina Pisciotta, Belinda Basaca Zeitlin.

Opening Prayer

Discussion of concerns brought up: in light of the flu epidemic whether we will hold hands during the Our Father, shake hands at sign of peace, continue offering the Precious Blood, have coffee and cake after mass during Lent; Emergency Preparedness and Precautions.

After consultation with both the Staff and Pastoral Council, decision was made to keep the current practices in place. We will not discontinue any of the aforementioned suggestions, but rather leave it up to the individuals who may choose NOT to drink from the chalice and who may choose to abstain from the Sunday morning coffee/cake.  The amount of precious blood however, will be decreased as there seems to be some left over at every mass and many ministers do not want to consume the remaining precious blood in the chalice.

Deacon Frank McGuinness of the Office of Risk management of the Diocese contacted Fr. Kevin and stated that parishes should have some plan of action emergency preparedness, whether it is an individual suffers a medical emergency such as a heart attack, a terrorism type event, other emergencies.  Members of the Pastoral Council will look into/research training for these emergency events.

Parish “Thank You” Party – March 18, 4pm-8pm, at Knights of Columbus.

Discussion of Lenten Parish Mission, March 19-21, which this year will be led by a layperson, Jim Ryan.

Former Pastor, Fr. Mike Torpey’s 50th anniversary as a priest, Sunday June 3rd at noon.  He will be saying 12 noon mass at St. Boniface to celebrate this occasion!

Deacon Tom St. Boniface Lecture in the church possibly for June 10th in honor of Feast Day of St. Boniface, will also have light refreshments, raffle, suggested donation $10 will include raffle ticket. To be hosted by the Madonna Mother Support Circle. Belinda will verify date with Deacon Tom.

Marriage tips video pro bono video to be done with married parishioners giving tips for a lasting marriage, to be unveiled at the lecture in June. These can be used for Pre–Cana and Madonna Mother Support Circle ministries.

Parish Yard Sale: September 29

Handel’s Messiah: December 2

Christmas Around the World: December 8

Welcome Committee: Each new parishioner family receives a folder with all the ministries, Faith Direct, etc. after they register in the parish.

Helping Hands Contact List discussion: benefits vs. liabilities; will look into legalities

Miscellaneous news: Back field legal issues: we needed to have a fence built in, so we got one and the field is now all fenced in. Also, cars are not to block the garage behind rectory because priests need the way clear for emergencies.

Open floor for questions from the Council:

Pastoral council virtual; suggestion box; ¨stbonpc¨ email – Belinda to speak with Robert Lynch to set up, Belinda will also distribute all the pastoral council email addresses to its members.

Next Pastoral Council will be scheduled for some time in June – exact date TBA and emailed to all members in lieu of postal mailing.

Closing Prayer

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 14th.

Masses: 8 am, 12:15 pm, 4 pm;

Word Service:  7:30 pm. 

Ashes distributed after the Homily

at Masses and Word Service.

Lent Regulations: Fast & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence. Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from age 14 onwards.  —


Health and Wellness at St. Boniface

Would you like to:

  • Save time and money
  • Make your home safer
  • Become healthier AND
  • Help support our Parish at the same time?

Father Kevin and St. Boniface Parish are pleased to welcome Judith Grant, nurse practitioner and health advocate who will present information about a way to accomplish all this…and create a perpetual fund-raiser for our parish.

Please join us for a powerful and informative presentation on a new way to shop and save money while supporting St. Boniface.

Tuesday, 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm in the Church.


Sharing the Harvest

You are cordially invited to a FUNdraiser to support our St. Boniface Martyr Parish Outreach Center  & St. Vincent de Paul Parish Conference.

This FUNdraiser is an opportunity to see old friends and make new friends all while sharing your bounty and raising money for the needs in our community!

The evening will consist of a buffet dinner catered by Brookville Delicatessen & Caterers, dessert, wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea.

Prize Baskets and a 50/50 Raffle

Mark your calendar for:

Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm

Knights of Columbus Hall, 83 Sea Cliff Avenue, Glen Cove

Ticket Prices:    $30.00 Seniors    $40.00 Adults

**Anyone who brings a NEW unwrapped game, toy, Lego set

or sports ball will receive 7 free basket chances.

(**limit one offer per person)

Please purchase your tickets in advance.

Tickets will be sold after Mass starting in mid September or may be purchased at the Parish Office.

If you have any questions, would like to help with the event, or would like to donate a basket, please contact

Jovanna Lemonda at or Pat Fox at or 676-1443.

Altar Servers

Boys and Girls in 4th to 12th Grades may become  Altar Servers and assist the priest during liturgical celebrations.  For information, please contact Fr. Kevin.  

(see altar server photo archives)

To the Moon and Back

Fr. Kevin Dillon

Fr. Kevin Dillon is the Pastor of St. Boniface Martyr Parish, Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY.

Like many other grandparents, my mother gives her grandchildren a kiss and a big hug when greeting them or saying goodbye to them and then adds the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back!”  I must admit I thought she was the only grandparent who used this saying, but now realize this statement is employed by countless other grandmas and grandpas.  Recently, I observed it on a plaque in the den of a family who are parishioners here at St. Boniface and mentioned to them that my mother says the same thing to her grandchildren.

To the moon and back is not exactly eternity, but wow, what a distance it is!  At the conclusion of Saint Matthew’s Gospel Jesus says, “Go Teach All People My Gospel.”   Notice his choice of words, “ALL” which in essence means everyone.  Jesus did not want to keep His message confined to just Jerusalem and the land of his birth, death and resurrection; rather he wanted it revealed to the furthest and remotest corners of the earth, and for over 2000 years that is exactly what happened, thanks to the gift of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their successors.

A little more than a month ago, Pope Francis created five new Cardinals, or Princes of the Church.  Heeding the mandate of Jesus, he continues a pattern of finding Cardinals at the peripheries of the world and from dioceses which have not traditionally had a Cardinal.  With this new group of men, Francis has confirmed his preferences for dioceses that are not traditional Sees for a “red hat”.  This group of men will be elevated to Cardinals this Wednesday, June 28 in Rome by Pope Francis.

A good example of the Pope breaking from tradition is where these men currently serve, Laos, Mali, Sweden and San Salvador.   Each of these respective Sees will receive a “red hat”.  Francis also breaks from tradition in that only two of the men are currently Archbishops.  Two others are simply Bishops, and one is the long standing Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Salvador, El Salvador; his name is Jose Aregorio Rosa-Chavez and is known to have closely worked with slain Archbishop Oscar Romero.

While we may not be called to go to the moon and back, or to evangelize the furthest corners of the globe, we are called to be witnesses to Christ in our local communities, in the work place, school and our families.  Perhaps our Holy Father is reminding us we are all called to be missionaries and be the presence of Christ to all we meet.  Who knows?  Actually on a very local level here in Rockville Centre our Bishop, John Barres is also calling us to Dramatic Missionary Growth! This phrase has become one of the mantras of his Episcopacy since arriving on Long Island earlier this year.  Our actions here locally may have profound effects and influences in our local area and just maybe to the ends of the world!

—Fr. Kevin

Fr. Kevin Dillon’s letter appears here and in our Parish Bulletin

Spring Easter Mission May 6-10

Our Parish is hosting a Spring Easter Mission on May 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10, 2017.

The Mission will be led by Father Michael P. Sullivan, O.S.A., who travels the country year-round providing parishes with unique and dynamic retreats.  Fr. Sullivan will preach at all the weekend Masses on Saturday, May 6 and May 7, and at 7:30 pm on the evenings of Sunday, May 7, Monday, May 8, Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10.

  • Day 1: To Be Born Again
  • Day 2: The Healing Love of Jesus
  • Day 3: The Call to Be Church
  • Day 4: Our Response to the Call

Fr. Sullivan will preach about the retreat at all weekend Masses!

About Father Sullivan

Our Mission will be led by Father Michael P. Sullivan, O.S.A.. Fr. Michael travels the country year-round providing parishes with unique and dynamic retreats.

Father Michael P. Sullivan, O.S.A., was born in New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and his master’s in theology from Augustinian College. Father Sullivan did graduate work at the Catholic University of America and also received a master’s degree in counseling from St. John’s University. Ordained at the Basillica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He spent eight years in parish ministry. Father Sullivan served as pastor in the Albany Diocese and as pastor of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, the parish of his youth in N.Y.C. He was instrumental in establishing the Marriage Encounter movement in the Delaware Valley and was subsequently appointed to full-time retreat work and parish renewal preaching.

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