Church Renovation 2015

Dedication sign welcoming Bishop MurphyA three year effort aimed at ”Renewing and Restoring the House of God” came to joyful fruition on April 12, 2015 when Bishop Murphy dedicated and consecrated our new church and altar.

We also renamed the Parish Center after our founding Pastor, Fr. Donohoe, and we renamed the Chapel located there the IHM Chapel in honor of the religious Sisters who taught at the former St. Boniface School.

In 2011 our Parish began a discussion as to whether to renew, restore and update our church building. After positive discussion with parishioners, the first phase, a Capital Campaign began. This phase was designed to confirm that we plan had sufficient support to move forward. An overwhelming response to the Capital Campaign saw pledges of over $1,230,000.00.

With monies pledged we began the design stage of our church renovation. Thirty-five people signed up to be part of the committee. They worked very hard with liturgical designer, Lawrence Hoy, to develop five alternative designs which were presented to the parish after Mass on two weekends. In addition, groups of our younger parishioners from among our Youth group, altar servers and First Communion families were asked for their input.

These designs gave rise to some wonderful discussions and excitement among the Parishioners. The committee used their suggestions, ideas and comments and developed a design proposal incorporating the three designs which had received the strongest support, and then presented that design to the Parish.

We celebrated Mass for the last time in the “old” Church on the Sunday after Christmas.  Following Mass a number of parishioners, young and old, pitched in to move sacramental elements and furniture next door to the St. Boniface Gym where we celebrated Mass on New Year’s Day and on all weekends while the church was being renovated.

Enough of the work was completed to allow the first Mass in the newly renovated church to take place on Holy Thursday and we are able to celebrate the Triduum and Easter in the renovated building. During Easter Week, the new altar, ambo and many of the final design elements were completed by a construction crew working day and night so that everything was in place when Bishop Murphy arrived for the re-dedication and consecration of the church at 10:15 Mass on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

This was a very wonderful time for our parish which will continue to generate excitement and renewed devotion to our worship of Jesus Christ as Lord!

Photos taken at the dedication ceremony for our newly renovated church on April 12, 2015.  On the same day Bishop Murphy helped us rededicate the Parish Center, which has been renamed the “Fr. James Donohoe Parish Center” in honor of our Parish’s founding Pastor, and also the chapel contained in that building, which has been renamed “Our Lady of Mercy Chapel” in honor of the Sisters of Mercy, who taught at the former St. Boniface School.

Click here to read about various statues installed in the renovated church.

Reredos and Narthex April 2014

Designs for the reredos and tabernacle (top) and a view of the narthex wall from the nave of the church (bottom).

"Overhead" view of proposed floor plan.

“Overhead” view of proposed floor plan.

 

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Oktoberfest!

oktoberfest-0003Oktoberfest will be back this year by popular demand, on October 5, 2013, complete with a live German band, Bavarian dancers and wonderful German food and beer!  Planning is well underway, and everyone is invited to join in the fun of organizing this great parish event!

We need volunteers to help run this event:  sell tickets, arrange raffle baskets, set up, clean up, run the bar, etc.

Pass the word and ask your friends to join in the fun!
Tickets are $35 for Adults, $25 for children under 12.  Sales begin after all Masses on the weekend of 8/31 and 9/1.  Note that  there are no reserved seats because this year’s Oktoberfest will be arranged in traditional “Beer Garden” style with long tables and open seating!
For information, contact Maryellen Kerr
Oktoberfest Poster

Oktoberfest, Oct. 5

oktoberfest-0003Oktoberfest is at St. Boniface on October 5, 2013 at 7pm!

Ticket are $35 for Adults, $25 for children under 12.  Sales begin after all Masses on the weekend of 8/31 and 9/1.  Note that  there are no reserved seats because this year’s Oktoberfest will be arranged in traditional “Beer Garden” style with long table and open seating!
Oktoberfest Poster

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.

Stewardship Committee

As Christian Stewards, our task is to discover, celebrate, develop and use our gifts responsibly.  We are called by Christ to shre them in love and in justice with others.  Stewardship is about God’s gifts and how we responde to those gifts in our lives.  This advisory Committee facilitates and supports the Parish and its members in responding to God’s many gifts with our Time, Talent and Treasure.  Members are appointed by the Pastor.

Our Parish has published a new Ministry Booklet containing details of the 42 ministries by which we share our gifts with the parish community.  It can be read online in “page-flip” format by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Phil Como:  516-759-9436;  email:  philpcomo@yahoo.com