The heart of the Christian community is our Triune Lord: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Geography, history, and numbers are not the heart, but probably I will type mostly on these topics. As the internet already provides many encouraging spiritual guides and discouraging contentious forums, I intend to offer neither.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Pastoral year after 2nd theology

Some were surprised when the pastoral year of priestly formation got dropped when the three dioceses (New York, Brooklyn, Rockville Centre) combined their theological formation at Dunwoodie. At least in my parish, we had benefited much by the enthusiasm of the young seminarian who got a "year off" from studies to experience parish life and be tested by it.
According to today's Catholic New York, bottom of page 1, the pastoral year is back, positioned between 2nd and 3rd theology.  Albany, Camden, and Bridgeport, which send seminarians to Dunwoodie,  will not add the pastoral year.  In a one-time shot, the pastoral year postpones a year of an ordination class, in my opinion, well worth.
Link: http://digital.cny.org/Catholic-New-York-09122019-e-Edition/1/

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Salve, Regina Coelitum

Appropriately on the feast of the Assumption of Mary today, our recessional was an English translation of the hymn
Salve, Regina coelitum, O Maria.
Sors unica terrigenum, O Maria.
Jubilate Cherubim,
exsultate Seraphim,
consonate perpetim.
Salve, salve, salve Regina.

2. Mater misericordiae, O Maria.
Dulcis parens clementiae, O Maria.
Jubilate ...

3. Tu vitae lux, fons gratiae, O Maria.
Causa nostrae laetitiae,
O Maria.

Translation and additional English verson, author I have not yet learned:

Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria! 
Hail, Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria! 
Triumph all ye cherubim! 
Sing with us ye seraphim! 
Heaven and earth resound the hymn! 
Salve, salve, salve, Regina! 

Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria! 
Triumph all ye cherubim! 
Sing with us ye seraphim! 
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

To thee do we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria! 
Triumph all ye cherubim! 
Sing with us ye seraphim! 
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, O Maria!
Towards us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria! 
Triumph all ye cherubim! 
Sing with us ye seraphim! 
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina! O Maria!

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy Son, our Jesus sweet, O Maria! 
Triumph all ye cherubim! 
Sing with us ye seraphim! 
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

O clement, gracious Mother sweet, O Maria!
O virgin Mary we entreat, O Maria! 
Triumph all ye cherubim! 
Sing with us ye seraphim! 
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

The big puzzle is whether to count the Salve Regina as two hymns or one. The first, dating back to the 11th century and Herman of Reichenau, is the well-known Salve Regina Mater Misericordiae, often sung at Compline and recited at the end of the rosary. This hymn is in Gregorian plainchant.

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae: 
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. 
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae. 
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes 
in hac lacrimarum valle. 
Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, 
illos tuos misericordes oculos 
ad nos converte. 
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, 
nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende. 
O clemens: O pia: O dulcis 
Virgo Maria.

The newer Salve, Regina coelitum (Hail, queen of heavenly beings) is in 4/4 time, and may be trochaic tetrameter catalectic (four feet, stressed-unstressed with a final syllable missing). Melchior Ludwig Herold  (1753-1810) may have composed both the rewording and the melody.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Article: African priests serving the U.S. Church

Quartz is a news website founded in New York, but it has editions on other continents. Quartz Africa recently published an article of some thirty paragraphs on the history of priests from Africa serving the Roman Catholic Church of the United States. "African priests are now the future of the Catholic Church in the United States" may be of some interest to parishioners of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Some priests born in Africa have been excardinated (released) by their home bishops and incardinated into our diocese. Others are serving here as externs, still under the canonical jurisdiction of their home bishops.
The link to this helpful article is HERE.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Appointment of associate pastors, many effective 6.26.2019

Please see the list on the diocesan website, under Press Releases. The site drvc.org has been reformatted, but the list of appointed associate pastors is still on the previous format.

The top nine are priests apparently already working in the diocese, maybe still incardinated overseas.

The next group of eight newly appointed associated pastors seem not to have worked recently in the diocese of Rockville Centre. They may be categorized as Externs, still incardinated somewhere else.

The third group, numbering five, are to take their positions in September. 

Surnames from Ghana predominate.

A few months ago, I was surprised to learn that a priest cannot be incardinated unless he has been canonically excardinated (or released) by his previous bishop. It seems that, over the centuries, our church has had problems with wandering or vagabond priests. In the UK recently, a new Celebret document was created, almost like a driver's license with attempts to prevent forgery.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Catholic Communications Campaign

Today, June 2, 2019, the second offertory collection was for the Catholic Communications Campaign. Half goes to Rockville Centre. Much information about how the national half is distributed can be found at this link
I presume that the diocesan half gets distributed to Catholic Faith Network (television, based in Uniondale), the diocesan website, and perhaps The Long Island Catholic.  

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pastoral appointments effective June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019, is moving day.
Our bishop has announce pastoral appointments. The link to the full list is HERE. New pastors in Nassau County are:
Fr. Seth, the outstanding priest met on the televised Masses at the cathedral, with clear, concise, illuminating homilies, is the new pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Wantagh.
Fr. Jeff Yildirmaz is the new pastor at St. Barnabas, Bellmore.
Fr. Christopher Costigan moves to St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage.
Msgr. Mark Rowan is the new pastor of St. Kilian, Farmingdale.
Msgr. Thomas Coogan goes to St. Dominic, Oyster Bay.
Fr. Brian Barr will pastor two parishes, adding Point Lookout to Our Lady of the Isle.
Msgr. Robert Clerkin to pastorate in Port Washington.
Fr. Joseph Fitzgerald to St. William the Abbot, Seaford.
Fr. Rony Fabien to St. Martha, Uniondale.
Fr. Adrian McHugh to St. Aidan, Williston Park.
Above are new pastors.
One new administrator is Fr. Lawrence Onyegu to Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream.
For both counties, please see the full list.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

All Saints School to close

An email from licatholic.org explains that the diocese will close two elementary schools in June, due to low enrollment: All Saints at St. Patrick's, Glen Cove, and St. Joseph School, Ronkonkoma. All Saints is a regional school sponsored by five parishes: St. Patrick, St. Rocco, St. Hyacinth, St. Boniface Martyr, and St. Mary (Roslyn). At All Saints, the current enrollment in K-8 is 132 students, plus eleven more in Nursery level. Two different websites provide more information, drvcschools.org and drvcschools.com

The Long Island Catholic weekly newspaper once printed an informative grade-by-grade chart of the enrollment in the Catholic elementary schools of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. If my memory is correct, this was done during the editorship of Msgr. Paul McKeever, 1967-1975. As we approach Catholic Schools week, publishing a similar chart on a drvcschools website org would likewise inform the Catholic population.