Pilgrimage to National Basilica: September 28, 2013

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception                    - photo by Robert Lynch

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
– photo by Robert Lynch

Our Parish will be participating in an historic Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. on September 28, 2013. 

The Pilgrimage will be led by Bishop William Murphy and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Bishop Murphy will preside at a Mass at the Basilica  to honor Mary, Patroness of the United States, to mark the Year of Faith.

Join us for a day-long experience filled with opportunities for prayer, reflection, reconciliation and fellowship.

Our bus will be leaving from St. Paul the Apostle Church in Brookville, Address: 2534 Cedar Swamp Rd, Glen Head, NY 11545, click here for directions, at 5:30am, Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Seats must be reserved in advance, and are going very fast!  Please call the Parish Center at 516-676-0676 to reserve a seat. A deposit of $20 is required to reserve your seat, but that money will be refunded on the day of the trip; there is NO charge for the trip.

For information, please contact Mary Jo Lilly, email:  mjlillysc@aol.com or phone:  516-965-4896.

Habemus Papam! We have a Pope!

Pope Francis
Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires

St. Boniface Martry Parish celebrates the election of Pope Francis!

St. Boniface Martry Parish celebrates the election of Pope Francis!

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Bishop William Murphy and the Roman Catholic Church of Rockville Centre join the universal Church in rejoicing in the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Pope. We give thanks to God for the gift of Pope Francis, the 266th successor of Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ on earth.

We join the Church in prayer for our new Holy Father as he begins his new ministry. Bishop Murphy asks all the faithful of the Diocese to join him and his brother bishops of this local Church in offering prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord for our new Holy Father.

At the Cathedral of Saint Agnes and in all the other parishes of the Diocese, Bishop Murphy and his brother priests will celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving in union with the Pope when he offers Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica to mark the beginning of his pastoral ministry as Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, Vicar of Christ and Universal Shepherd of the Catholic Church

Action Alert

Click here to read an update from Bishop Murphy relative to the proposed HHS mandates.


There are plans to introduce leglislation in New York to expand abortion rights. Such expansion is unnecessary and dangerous.  New York State Catholic Conference strongly opposes this legislation and urges that it be defeated.

Send a message to the Governor and State Legislators today. Just go HERE.

The proposals so against the increasingly pro-life sentiment in this country, as evidenced by the most recent Marist poll (December 2012) which found that more than 8 in 10 Americans favor significant restrictions on abortion.  The Gallup Organization (May 2011) found that only 27% of Americans believe abortion should be legal under all circumstances. The majority of American adults (61%) believe abortion should either be more strictly limited than current law or not permitted at all.

New York State remains the abortion capital of the nation with the highest abortion rate of any state. New York City’s abortion rate remains at 40%, with some geographic regions within the city at 60%.  The reality is that no woman is without ample opportunity for an abortion in New York State.  Rather than voting on a bill that will increase the tragedy of abortion, we urge policy makers to look at constructive ways to reduce abortion and truly make abortion “rare.”

Our School Cuts Tuition, Expands Programs


Enthusiastic students at All Saints Regional Catholic School

All Saints Regional Catholic School, serving the North Shore of Long Island, has cut tuition for Nursery and Pre-K for 2013-2014, while expanding parental options for both programs with regard to the number of days they want their children to attend. Nursery parents can choose from a three-day program or a five-day program. For Pre-K they can choose from a three-day, four-day or five day-program for full or half days. The school board just approved a tuition schedule making it less expensive than all other competitive programs in the area. “We know times are tough for parents in these economic times,” said the Headmaster, Father Elias Carr, “we want to work with parents to help them educate their children in a strong Catholic environment.”

Since, last December, when Bishop Murphy implemented a new Strategic Plan for the Catholic elementary schools on Long Island, All Saints has taken a number of important steps to realize this new diocesan vision. The Very Reverend Robert Romeo, Pastor of St. Boniface and Chair of the Executive Board said, “ASR is the only school on Long Island with a priest in charge, a priest teaching and with a full time chaplain… Our goal is to be sure children are well educated and in a spiritual/ happy environment.”

The Executive Board recently adopted a new leadership model for All Saints consisting of a Headmaster and an Academic Dean, Joanne Fitzgerald, (most recently, principal of St. Edwards the Confessor School in Syosset) who, working closely with the Headmaster, not only oversees the curriculum but also ensure high standards for the total educational environment. The school’s full time chaplain is the Very Reverend Dom Daniel Nash, Can. Reg., who also teaches Latin and German as part of the new curriculum. “Studying German helps one to have a firmer grasp of English, and Latin reveals the foundation of the modern Romance Languages”, explained the Father Daniel. ASR has also adopted a very robust before and after school program, allowing parents to drop off their children as early as 7am as well as extending the day until 6 pm, because, Father Elias added, “We want to support our hardworking parents with programs to meet their needs.”

In addition to the new lower tuition schedule parents can also find additional aid through “Tomorrow’s Hope” a program that provides financial aid to parents wishing to provide a Catholic School education for their children. “There are options out there,” Father Daniel said, “Cost shouldn’t be a factor.”