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September 8, 2019

posted Sep 6, 2019, 12:49 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from past years in dealing with your priests, we are required to make a yearly retreat. It is a time that we priests get away from the everyday workings within a parish and spend some time with the Lord in quiet and peace.  Every year our Diocese holds 3 retreats during the month of June for her priests and deacons to fulfill their canonical requirements.  This year I did not go, as yet, on my retreat.  I was waiting till September – for a very special reason.  This year MY RETREAT will be  conducted in the HOLY LAND. I will be leading a group of 39 parishioners and friends and we will be walking the ground that Our Blessed Lord walked while upon this earth.  I will be          celebrating 6 Masses at various holy sites, giving homilies at those times and entering into the spirituality of the Gospel places that I have read and prayed about over my years as a seminarian and priest.  This retreat has been in the planning stages for over 1 year and I am very much looking forward to experiencing the presence of the Lord throughout my days away.  We will be leaving very early in the morning this Tuesday for a trip to JFK Airport and then flying non-stop to Tel Aviv.  If I could ask one favor while I am gone – please keep all 40 of us pilgrims in your prayers.  We are assured that the trip is safe and I would like to keep it that way.  We will return on the 20th of September and I will be back in the office on the 23rd of           September.  Again, please keep us in your prayers that we may return safe and spiritually renewed as we experience the presence of the Lord in ways that we could have only dreamed of in times past.


And for those PILGRIMS going with me, please remember that you can park your cars and leave them for the days away back near the entrance to Mary’s Garden behind the church.  They will be safe there, ready for our return.  Also, please be on time for arrival at 3:00am (bus departs promptly at 3:15am) on Tuesday morning.  I want to get to JFK before rush hour traffic in and around New York City.


As we finished the FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL, I am very pleased with how everything was running.  With the new office configuration, please note that entrance into the school is through the new single door.  The old entrance of 2 glass doors is now the EXIT from the school.  If desiring to enter the school, ring the bell; you will be buzzed in and identified in a waiting room. Then you will be assisted with your business.  The new kitchen and cafeteria eating area are working out very well.  We do have to tweak a few things to make the lunch periods run a little smoother, but that will come.  When things are new, it does take a little time to get used to it.  The air-conditioning is still a work in progress.  We are very close to finishing it, but again, nothing seems to be finished on time when dealing with construction.  We will be  having an OPEN HOUSE WALK THROUGH on September 28 & 29 after 4:00pm Mass on        Saturday and all Sunday Masses  so that everyone can see how wonderfully things turned out due to the kindness of so many parishioners.  Just consider all this was done in under a year.  We have so many good and generous parishioners who want nothing but the best for our children and their future. 



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, like in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric coffee pot. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with her son's baseball bat, breaking his arm in two places. Up until that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.