December 30 - The Parish Family of Our Lady of Lourdes

December 30 - The Parish Family of Our Lady of Lourdes

They found him in the temple,

sitting among the teachers, listening

to them and asking them questions.”


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Our Lady of Lourdes · December 30, 2012


Welcome to our Parish Family!

New Parishioners are cordially invited to register as

members of our parish family.

Please call or visit our Parish Office.

Daily Mass

8 AM

Weekend Masses

Saturday: 5 PM

Sunday: 8 AM, 9:30 AM,

11 AM, 12:30 PM and 6 PM


Saturday: 4 PM - 4:45 PM


Daily after 8 AM Mass

Miraculous Medal Novena

Monday after 8 AM Mass

Anointing of the Sick

Throughout the liturgical year.

If needed sooner, please call the

Parish Office.


Please contact the Parish Office

to schedule an appointment.


Arranged at least six months in advance,

please call the Parish Office.

Rite of Christian Initiation of

Adults(RCIA) A process to be embraced

by the Catholic Church. For

non-Catholics and for Catholics who

have never received formal religious

education. If interested, please call

the Parish Office.

Mission Statement

As stewards of all that God has given us, the Parish Family

of Our Lady of Lourdes serves and ministers to all who come

to this place. Regardless of a person’s history, ethnicity,

gender, orientation, age or race, we commit ourselves to open

wide the doors of our Parish to provide a place of welcome

and hospitality.


so that all may know that they are a vital part of the Body of

Christ, we further recommit and challenge ourselves to...

Live out our Baptismal call passionately by caring for all

of God’s people with justice.

Grow in an understanding of God’s role in each of our lives.

Respond to the Gospel in a radical way, inviting and inspiring

all to form the Kingdom of God in every moment of life.

Acknowledge we are not complete without the willingness to grow,

discern and discover the Spirit who moves and guides us.

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Pastoral Team

Msgr. Brian McNamara


Rev. Patsy Amabile

Associate Pastor

Rev. Robert Scheckenback

Associate Pastor

Deacon John DeGuardi

Deacon Tom Lucie

Deacon Jack Meehan

Coordinator of Stewardship

Deacon John Teufel

Sr. Nancy Campkin

Director of Religious Education

Trish Frodell

Director of Parish Social Ministry

Louise Jane Krol

School Principal

Sr. Diane Liona

Director of Religious Education

Mary McMahon

Business Manager

Robin Reynolds-Brennan

Coordinator of Worship

OLL Choir Director

Vita Scorcia

Ministry Spiritual Director

Pastoral Council

Msgr. Brian McNamara

Eileen Rega

Diane Ackerly

Stacie Baltrusitis

Mary Borgs

Lisa Cantalino

Sonia DaSilva

Nilo DeLeon

Jerry Esposito

Trish Frodell

Rosalie Mangels

Maryellen McKee

Deacon Jack Meehan

John Muldoon

Bob Natale

Vita Scorcia

Parish Staff

AnnMarie Buonaspina

Director of Youth Choirs

Michael Buonaspina

Parish Organist

Jennifer Gallagher

Women’s Chorale Director

Anne Gregg

School Office

Mary Anne Lettieri

Parish Office

Debbie Meyer

Bulletin Editor/Business Office

Rita Spera

Religious Education Office

Lori Walsh

Parish Office

Parish Office

661.3224, option 1


9 AM - 7:30 PM

Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM

Sunday: 9 AM - 2 PM


fax: 661.7143


Our Lady of Lourdes School

587.7200, option 2


9 AM - 3 PM


Religious Education Office

661.5440, option 3


9 AM - Noon

1 PM - 5 PM

7 PM - 9 PM


Parish Outreach Office

661.9262, option 4

Monday- Friday

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM


661.3224, ext. 122

(Senior Advocates for Growth

and Enrichment)


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Rosary Christian Mothers

The Rosary Christian Mothers meet on the first Monday evening of each month. The

next meeting will be on Monday, January 7. We will begin with Rosary at 7:45 PM

in the church, followed by meeting at 8 PM in the Parish Center.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Bring your prayer and creativity together in a gift of


Join us…

Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30 AM in the Parish Center. All you need to bring is scrap

yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks (patterns and instructions will be given to you) and

your gifts of love and prayer.

Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society invites the men of our parish, young and old, to join us.

We can use the wisdom of the older men and the energy and fresh ideas of our

younger men. The Holy Name Society meets on the second Sunday of each

month. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, January 13. We come together to

pray the Rosary at 7:40 AM in the Church and the meeting will follow the 8

AM Mass at 9 AM in Room 16. Stop by, all are welcome!

Adult Faith Formation

Save the date…

-Learning to let go

-See clearly

-Live simply

We will be sharing the book, “Crossing the Desert,” by Tom Petriano

beginning January 22, 2013. Watch the bulletin for further details...

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The SAGE Group (Senior Advocates for Growth and Enrichment) will

meet on Tuesday, January 8 in the Parish Center at 9 AM.

Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Support Group

You are invited to join our next Bereavement Support Group. This is a wonderful

opportunity to be supported in a small discussion group with people who have also

experienced the loss of a loved one.

The group will meet on Wednesday starting January 9, 2013 from 7:30 PM to

9:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center, in the convent. If you wish to be part of this

eight week journey, please contact the parish office at 661-3224 or e-mail Diane

Ackerly at to register

Special Keys

New Religious Education Kindergarten program!

We started this program last year and have expanded it so that we have

a session each month:

January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, and May 7.

We meet in the Church at 4:30 PM on Friday and the program lasts

about 40 minutes. Come and see what wonderful opportunities for

your kindergarten children to learn about their faith! Email to register


Attention High School Seniors

Saint Michael’s College (located in Colchester, Vermont, just outside Burlington) offers

a “Parish Scholarship” worth $20,000 over 4 years. This scholarship is awarded to a

student who is nominated by his or her parish, applies for admission and is admitted by

Saint Michael’s College. The admissions and nomination form must be received by

February 1, 2013. For more information, please contact MATTHEW SEKLECKI or 1-800-SMC-8000).

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Calling all school families and parish families....

Please help turn your shopping trips into money to support our school.

Here are two ways…

1. When you are shopping, look for “Box Top” logos, clip them and send them into the

school office.

2. Shop at Stop and Shop-Our Lady of Lourdes School is participating in the A+ School

Rewards again this year. This program runs through March 28, 2013, Our Lady of

Lourdes School will have the opportunity to earn cash through this program.

School ID#: 15003

All you have to do is:

Log on to to register online


Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.

All Visitors are Welcome!

Are you thinking about your child's educational future Look no more! Consider the

wonderful programs and opportunities offered by Our Lady of Lourdes School. We offer

rolling admissions and ongoing private tours. Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday,

January, 27 from 10:30 AM until 12 noon. You are welcome to call to schedule a private

tour at your convenience at anytime.

Please call 631.587.7200, extension 100

Come and see us in action!

Thank You

Thank you to Mr. Dellamonica, Ms. Fatsis, Mr. St. George, and all who helped with

Our Lady of Lourdes Christmas Concert. All the students did a fabulous job!

The students sang, played guitar, and strings to holiday classics.


Thank you to all the families that volunteered and supported Breakfast with Santa!

Happy New Year!

We wish you a new year filled with wonder, peace, and meaning. May 2013 bring you

365 days of joy and faith. Let us all welcome this new year with smiles on our faces,

and God in our hearts. Happy New Year to all our parish families and our school families.

With love, Our Lady of Lourdes School Board

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Nocturnal Adoration

“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

This is Jesus Christ’s invitation every first Saturday of the month. The

Blessed Sacrament is taken to the main altar after the 5 PM Mass and

will be exposed up to 9:50 PM. Everyone is invited to spend some time

in front of the Blessed Sacrament to offer prayers, petitions, and

thanksgiving to Jesus. Nocturnal Adoration will follow the 5 PM Mass

on Saturday, January 5, concluding with Benediction at 9:50 PM.

Please come and pray with us.

All are invited and welcome. Bring a friend!

Rest In Peace

Margaret Murphy died on December 15 and celebration of the Mass of

Christian Burial was December 18. We extend our prayerful sympathy

to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and entire family.

Nicholas LaLima died on December 16 and celebration of the Mass of

Christian Burial was December 21. We extend our prayerful sympathy

to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and entire family.

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Women’s Prayer Group-evening

We invite all women to gather together once a month on the first Thursday at 7:30 PM

in the Spiritual Life Center on January 3. We will read the scriptures for the upcoming

Sunday and discuss how they relate to us in our everyday life. For more information

call Vita Scorcia at 669.4717 or Stacie Baltrusitis at 661.4254.

Women’s Prayer Group-morning

We invite all women to gather once a month on the first Thursday at 9 AM in the Spiritual

Life Center, on January 3. We will read the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday, and discuss

how they relate to us in our everyday life. For more information call Vita Scorcia at

669.4717 or Carol Fitzgerald at 587.5548.

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: Monday and Tuesday at 8 PM and Saturday at

2 PM and 7 PM in Lourdes Hall (convent lower level.)

ALANON: Wednesday at 10 AM in Lourdes Hall (convent lower level.)

Free babysitting available Beginner’s meeting at 9:30 AM.

AA Day-by-Day/Girls Night Out: Thursday at 7:30 PM in Lourdes Hall

(convent lower level.)

Prayer for Divine Mercy

An invitation to all men and women to be part of God’s plan. We invite you to meet in prayer

for the world and our nation to put their trust in God.

Our hope is that the nations will have a new spirit of morality. Please come with your love

and hope for humanity as well as your prayer requests.

We gather together every Thursday at 1:30 PM before the Blessed Sacrament for about one

half hour. For more information, call Charles Argento at 586.8528.

Good Samaritan Prayer Group of L.I.

The Good Samaritan Prayer Group of Long Island holds their

meetings every Friday (except the first Friday of the month) at

OLL School in Room 16 from 8 PM until 10 PM.

All are welcome to experience singing, praying and fellowship

each evening.

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Pastor’s Letter


It takes a great deal of hard work, talent and time to make our Christmas here at Our Lady

of Lourdes such a beautiful and prayerful experience. In a special way we should all thank

the following:

….. our Liturgical Ministers: priests, deacons, altar servers, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers,

sacristans and ushers under the guidance of Robin Brennan, our Coordinator of Worship.

They all helped to make our prayer come alive.

….. our Music Ministers: Michael Buonaspina, our Parish Organist, our Leaders of Song,

and all our choirs: Adult Choir, Teen Choir, Youth Choir and Women’s Chorale

….. our “Art and Environment Committee” under the leadership of Jerry Esposito. A small

army of volunteers spent many hours both in Advent and Christmas creating a wonderful,

prayerful environment to help us render praise and thanks to God.

….. our Parishioners who gave so generously to our Giving Tree Gift Program. Under the

leadership of Trish Frodell, your generosity brightened the lives of many people, both

young and old, and highlighted the true meaning of Christmas: generous giving.

….. our Maintenance Staff for their “behind-the-scenes” work.

….. the Chapey Funeral Home and the Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home for their donation of

the 2012 Wall calendars.

I am most grateful to all those who constantly give of their time, talent and treasure each

and every week, indeed, each and every day here at Our Lady of Lourdes! Your witness

and commitment allows the parish family of Our Lady of Lourdes to come alive with God’s


I also encourage everyone to take this Christmas as a time to recommit yourself to Christ.

If you are faithful to coming to weekly Mass, keep up the good work! If you find yourself

not being as faithful to celebrating the Eucharist as you could be, come back to Christ and

His family, the Church. Welcome Christ into your own heart and your family’s heart

through the weekly celebration of the Eucharist. You’ll be glad you did!

Always remember: Together, we can do something beautiful for God!

In Christ,

Msgr. Brian


Don’t forget to go to the Parish Center and see Fr. Pat’s collection of Nativity sets.

He has a wonderful collection, including some Nativity sets from other countries.

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Mass Intentions



December 31: New Year’s Eve:

January 1: New Year’s Day:

5:00pm Church 8:00am Church



Monday, December 31

Saint Sylvester I, pope

8:00 AM Louis Montanino

5:00 PM Mickey McGrath (1 yr. anniv.)


Tuesday, January 1

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

8:00 AM People of the Parish

12:10 PM Lettieri and Turano Families

Wednesday, January 2

St. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors of the Church

8:00 AM Gene Langan

Thursday, January 3

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

8:00 AM Sweeney and LaRocca Families

Friday, January 4

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious

8:00 AM John and Mary Vaughn

Saturday, January 5

8:00 AM Giuseppe Ingoglia

5:00 PM Joseph and Patricia Santangelo

Fr. Bob Scheckenback

Sunday, January 6

8:00 AM John Lovari

Fr. Bob Scheckenback

9:30 AM Glenn Zachry

Fr. Bob Scheckenback

11:00 AM Edward McKay

Fr. Patsy Amabile

12:30 PM Donald and Patrick Manning

Fr. Patsy Amabile

6:00 PM People of the Parish

Msgr. Brian McNamara

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Liturgy of the Word

The Holy Family

Every parent knows the trials of raising children. There is the wonder of watching

someone grow and learn and discover new things. There is satisfaction as a child takes to

heart the morals and values that a parent seeks to share. There is sadness, and even grief,

when some difficult problem or illness besets a son or daughter. There may even be anger

or despair if, as a child grows, he or she rejects what a parent holds dear. Needless to say,

family life is complicated, never perfect, sometimes full of joy, sometimes crowded

with pain.

Today's Gospel gives a hint that the life of the Holy Family was not always the perfect

example we might imagine. Trials and struggles were a part of their life too. As the

Gospel story relates today, Jesus basically skipped out on Mary and Joseph, not an unusual

practice for an adolescent. But also not the kind of thing we would typically associate with

a well-behaved teenager. In other words, the Holy Family is exhibiting the traits and behaviors

that are part of the dynamic of ordinary family life.

And that is good! It serves as a reminder to all of us that their example is that of a

family not so different from our own. On this feast the church lifts up the Holy Family for

us to imitate. The prayer for the day asks God to help us be like them "in practicing the virtues

of family life and in the bonds of charity." No matter the structure of our family household,

we are called to put into practice the eternal love of God, first revealed in the mystery

of the family of the Trinity, and then lived out concretely in human life in the Holy Family

of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It is the bond of charity that holds any family together, a love

that penetrates deep into our souls and abides in our hearts no matter the joys or sorrows

that life brings.

©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

Readings for the Week of December 30, 2012

Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28/Col 3:12-21

or 3:12-17 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24/Lk 2:41-52

Monday: 1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18

Tuesday: Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21

Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28

Thursday: 1 Jn 2:29--3:6/Jn 1:29-34

Friday: 1 Jn 3:7-10/Jn 1:35-42

Saturday: 1 Jn 3:11-21/Jn 1:43-51

Next Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

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Altar Society

Altar linens this week will be cared for by Angela MacDermott.

If you would like to help care for our altar needs,

please call the Parish Office at 661.3224.

Pastoral Care of Our Sick

Please call the Parish Office at 661.3224 to leave the names

of parishioners who:

Are homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist.

Are in Good Samaritan Hospital and would like to be

visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Ministry.

Would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.

Pray for Our Sick

Please remember to keep in your thoughts and prayers …

Salvatore Albanese, Baby Patrick Anthony, Joseph Badala, Jr., Iris Bass,

Catherine Battiata, Joe Bucci, Rebecca Ann Budriss, Robert Capasso, Marie Cirone,

Neil Coogan, Paula Dannhauser, Beverly DeCanio, Jeanne DellaRagione,

John Desmond, Frank Edwards, Franklin Edwards, Eileen Eisele, Betty Fallon,

Jake Feldman, Joann Fiorello, Denise Frame, Elizabeth Fredriksen, Billy Fuchs,

Rudy Fusco, Kenneth Garretson, Domenica Garzillo, Vincent Giannico,

Vivian Gordon, Dennis Horne, Max Iliano, Terry Keegan, Debbie Lamb,

Christopher Maher, Anthony Marotta, Marge Marotta, Vicky Massaro,

Danielle Mazzarone, Denise Michelback, Elizabeth Minicozzi, Allen Minkler,

Rosalie Montanino, John Muldoon, Patrick O’Connor, Jr., Phyllis Pasciuta,

Thomas Petrizzi, Joseph Radosti, Sanchez Family, Joseph J. Schiavoni,

Joseph S. Schiavoni, Ann Marie Schiraldi, John Stephen, John Sweeney,

Nancy Turano, Vera Vieni

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Praying So As To See God's

Glory Inside Of Humanity


Familiarity breeds contempt. It also blocks the mystery

of Christmas by breeding a view of the life that cannot

see divinity within humanity.

Yet all of us are hopelessly prone to see most-everything

in an over-familiar way, namely, in a way that sees little

or nothing of the deep richness and divinity that is shimmering

everywhere under the surface. G.K. Chesterton,

reflecting on this, once declared that one of the deep secrets

of life is to learn to look at things familiar until they

look unfamiliar again. Alan Jones calls this a process of

unlearning what's familiar.

Whatever the wording, the challenge is the same: We

need to learn the secret of seeing the extraordinary inside

of the ordinary, of seeing divinity shimmering inside of

humanity, and of seeing haloes around familiar faces.

Thomas Merton, in perhaps his most-famous text,

shares how he once had a quasi-mystical experience of

this in the most ordinary of circumstances. He had been

living in a Trappist monastery outside of Louisville,

Kentucky, for nearly 20 years and one day needed to go

into Louisville for a medical appointment. He was

standing at the intersection of 4th and Walnut Streets,

when suddenly the ordinary changed into the extraordinary.

Everyone around him began to shimmer with a

deep, divine radiance. They were all walking around, he

wrote, "shining like the sun." And he adds: "Then it was

as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the

depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor

self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the

person that each one is in God's eyes. If only they could

all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see

each other that way all the time. There would be no

more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more

greed...I suppose the big problem would be that we

would fall down and worship each other."

This kind of vision, seeing the world as transfigured

with haloes around familiar faces, is ultimately the

meaning of Christmas, the meaning of the incarnation,

and the mystery of God walking around in human flesh.

Christmas is not so much a celebration of Jesus' birthday

as it is a celebration of the continued birth of God into

human flesh, the continuation of the divine making itself

manifest in the ordinary; God, a helpless baby in a barn.

But to have this vision we need to pray. Prayer is our

major safeguard against the familiarity that breeds contempt

and is one of the few ways in which we can begin

to see with the deeper eyes of the heart. Prayer is a lifting

of our minds and hearts to God, but it is also the way,

sometimes the only way, we can purify and deepen our

vision. Merton's experience on the corner of 4th and

Walnut in Louisville was very much predicated on years

and years of prayer.

Christmas is only seen by the pure of heart or in those

moments when we are pure of heart. But when it is seen

it is glorious

John Shea, in an extraordinary Christmas-poem, invites

us to keep our eyes open for the manifestation of the

divine within the human. The invitation within Christmas

is to see the sacred within our barns, the body of

Christ on and around our kitchen tables, and haloes

around familiar faces:

Even at Christmas, when haloes are pre-tested by focus

groups for inclusion in mass-market campaigns, they are

hard to see. ... Seeing haloes is more than a lucky sighting.

It entails the advent skill of sustaining attention, the

simple act, as [Annie] Dillard found out, of looking up.

This is how haloes are seen, by looking into largeness,

by tucking smallness into the folds of infinity.

I do not know this by contemplating shimmering trees.

Rather there was a woman, busy at Christmas table, and

I looked up to catch a rim of radiance etching her face,

to notice the curves of light sliding along her shape. She

out-glowed the candles. ... When this happens, I do not

get overly excited. I merely allow love to be renewed,

for that is the mission of haloes, the reason they are given

to us.

Nor do I try to freeze the frame. Haloes suffer time, even

as they show us what is beyond time.

But when haloes fade, they do not abruptly vanish,

abandoning us to the sorrow of lesser light.

They recede, as Gabriel departed Mary, leaving us pregnant.

Familiarity breeds contempt. That's an archetypal flaw

within human nature. And this, perhaps more than anything

else, prevents us from entering the mystery of

Christmas, from seeing God's radiance shimmering under

the surface of what's familiar to us.

Jesus once asked his disciples to join him in prayer and,

as they prayed, he and everything around him was transfigured

and began to glow with a divine radiance. He

invites each of us into that particular prayer.

Used with permission of the author, Oblate Father Ron

Rolheiser. Currently Father Rolheiser is serving as President

of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.

He can be contacted through his

Financial Summary

December 23, 2012

Weekly Collection $

Weekly Budget -$ 19,000.00

+/- for the week $

The estimated weekly collection needed to maintain and operate

our parish buildings, ministries, programs, and salaries is $19,000.

Due to a change in the bulletin deadline, the collection amounts for

December 23 will appear in a subsequent bulletin.

Members in the Military

We ask that you pray especially for those in our parish that are on active duty in the

Middle East conflict. They are:

Brian Clark-US Army

Bryan R. Dempsey-US Marines

Jeremy deRoxas-US Air Force

Michael Fantauzzi-US Air Force

Christopher Florca-US Marines

Kyle Fouhy-US Marines

Anthony Mannino-US Marines

James Rooney III-US Marines

Christopher Wilson-US Marines

...and remember those of our parish family that are in the armed services, listed in our

Parish Book of Intentions.

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Community Happenings


offers the following graduate degrees –





Courses in Church History, Liturgy, Worship, Leadership skills and exciting new

electives. Also new this semester we are offering a workshop for those not necessarily

seeking a Master Degree but looking to enrich their understanding of their


For further information, contact:

Academic Office

440 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 423-0483 x 112

Or Check the website

Cenacle Retreat Center

Dec. 31, 2012-Jan 1, 2013, 4pm to 9:30am overnite. Commuters welcome. New Year’s Eve

Overnite in Prayer. Fr. Jack Replogle, S.J. A festive meal opens the evening, presentation,

time for personal reflection, celebration of Eucharist, to welcome in the New Year and pray

for peace. Overnight, breakfast and departure.

Jan. 11-13, 2013 Weekend. Healing Life’s Hurts with Contemplation – Silent Retreat. Ignatian

contemplation on the life of Jesus to heal fear, anger, guilt, shame in our lives. Fr.

Matt Linn, S.J.

January 13, 2013, Sunday, 2:30 to 5 PM-Hurricane Sandy: An Act of Nature or Act of

God Presented by Matthew Linn, S.J. Come to share your experience of Hurricane

Sandy. How has it been a crisis with both danger and opportunity The afternoon will include

a healing prayer process to bring new life wherever the crisis has challenged your

life. The program will close with a prayer of gratitude. Free will offering.

For more information or to register, please call the Cenacle Retreat Office at 631.588.8366.

American Sign Language Classes

Cleary School for the Deaf is offering evening Adult Education classes

in American Sign Language, levels 1, 2, 3, and Intermediate/Advanced.

Spring Session is January 30 through May 1, 2013. (ages 12 and up)

Call Carolyn Kelly at 631.588.0530 or email

for more information.

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Religion & Rock

Tune into “Religion & Rock” with Msgr. Jim Vlaun on Sunday from 7 AM to 8 AM

on WBAB 102.3 FM or 95.3 on the East End of Long Island. Listen on Saturdays

at 11 PM on Sirius Radio, Channel 159, the Catholic Channel and at 11 PM on

XM Satellite, Channel 117. Next Sunday’s theme is “New Year. ”

Growing with the Gospel

Sharing the Gospel

When Jesus traveled to Jerusalem

as a 12-year-old young man, he felt

completely at home in the Temple.

He enjoyed talking to the teachers

about his Father in heaven. His

questions and his answers showed

how much he loved God.

Mission for the Week

Help visitors to your church feel welcomed. As a family or as a

class, make cards for visitors, asking them to come back.


Dear God,

help me to feel

at home in my church

like Jesus did.

Something to Draw

Draw a picture of yourself

learning about God

with your teacher.

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