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.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA)

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At different times we ask questions about what life is all about.  Where is God in my life?  Sometimes they feel a nudge or a push or that something is missing and want to find out more.  If you know anyone who is not a Catholic, but who would like to ask more questions about our faith, they can meet with someone from our parish R.C.I.A. Team.

Please call Fr. Bob at 676-0676 , or send email to stbonpastor@gmail.com.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (commonly known as the R.C.I.A.) is the normal way in which adults and children become full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church.  Special rites are celebrated during the Sunday liturgies at various times throughout the year.  The R.C.I.A. involves the whole parish-in prayer as the rites are celebrated, in hospitality, as new members are welcomed, and in specific ministries such as sponsor and team member.

The R.C.I.A. is not merely a new way to prepare adults and children for baptism; baptism is only one step.  The goal of the process is full communion which means “full, conscious, and active participation”* in the Eucharist and in the whole life of the Catholic faith community.

The R.C.I.A. helps adults and children to grow in their relationship with God become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with people in the parish, and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.

Many persons who want to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian Church.  They will not be rebaptized.  They will follow steps adapted to the particular needs and concerns of Christians from another faith tradition.  Explore those steps on the next page.

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