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, January 23, 2020

Nelson Jesús Pérez

Much will be written about the appointment of Nelson Pérez as archbishop of Philadelphia, to be installed February 18th, 2020.  From 2002 to 2007 he was pastor of St. William's parish on Rising Sun Avenue in Lawncrest, northeast Philadelphia. Rising Sun is the design on the chair on which George Washington sat in Independence Hall in 1787. A recent description of St. William's parish is on the archdiocesan website HERE.
Philadelphia does have a cardinal, Justin Rigali, age 84, who retired in 2011. His brother Henry was a member of our St. William parish in Seaford.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Our Lady of Mercy parish school to close

Our Lady of Mercy parish school in Hicksville, across Oyster Bay Road from Plainview, will close in June, 2020.  Please see the announcement HERE.  This school must not be confused with Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Convent Road in Syosset.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

St. William the Abbot, Seaford

The parish of St. William the Abbot is located at 2000 Jackson Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783, one block south of Sunrise Highway (NY 27) and the Seaford railroad station. The parish telephone number is 516-785-1266, and its website is linked here.  The parish was established in 1928. Twice, the church has been enlarged.

Above, the church interior early Pentecost morning, 2012, before Mass.

In the former baptistry on the north side of the foyer, there are shrines of three saints, St. Joseph in the center, St. William the Abbot to the left, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to the right. St. William wears the wrong habit, however, for a Benedictine of the 11th century.  The habit on the statue is Franciscan.  
On November 21, 2019, Bishop Andrzej  Zglejszewski confirmed 201 youths, mostly eighth graders.  The cathedral website gives the pronunciation of his name On-jay Sklay-shef-ski.   He pronounces his name at the beginning of this interview.

Most photos may be enlarged by clicking on them.

In December 2013, the parish purchased a new outdoor manger scene and placed a memorial list in the church lobby.  Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.


Across Jackson Avenue is the parish elementary school at 2001 Jackson Avenue.  The school telephone number is 516-785-6784, and its website is linked here.  At first, Dominican Sisters from Amityville provided religious education.  Later, when the school was opened Ursuline Sisters from Blue Point staffed the school for several decades.  Of the parish elementary schools on Long Island, St. William's is the third or fourth highest in enrollment. In June, 2016, fifty-eight students graduated from eighth grade. In this era, that is a healthy number.

In the autumn of 2017 Barbara and Anthony Fuima created this outdoor prayer space with a statue of Saint Padre Pio.

Deacon John Lynch asks the help of children in blessing the water for baptisms one Sunday afternoon in 2018.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Wake, O Wake, and sleep no longer

At the vigil Mass last night, our talented organist ran through the interludes of "Wachet Auf" with enthusiasm and vigor, lifting us up to Advent hope that our new pastor Fr. Fitzgerald had just identified in his First Sunday of Advent sermon. I must thank Christopher Idle, our contemporary, for reworking the lyrics of the original into a clearly Advent piece.
What we sang, with Bible references.
The Bach Cantata, Leipzig, 1731, with German text and translation.
Philipp Nicholai (1556-1608), Lutheran pastor, poet, and hymnist.

Friday, November 29, 2019

CCD Religious Ed enrollments OCD 2019

The Official Catholic Directory for 2019 lists sixty-two parishes in Nassau County and their enrollment statistics for religious ed or Confraternity of  Christian Doctrine programs. Please note that these students are in addition to the students who receive religious instruction in parish schools. Demographics, the nature and history of the parish are all reflected in these numbers, especially the places with lower enrollments. For example, Point Lookout is a community of retirees or seasonal second homes. St. Hedwig is a national parish. In several instances from long ago, a connected pastor would not suffer his parish to be dismembered, or would tolerate only a small portion to be formed as a separate parish. In several instances, people from non-Catholic parts of the world are moving into the neighborhood, as in Great Neck or Elmont. There is often a story behind extraordinary religious ed numbers.
The parish religious education statistics below are sometimes unreliable because they are round numbers or the same report as in previous years.
14 Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Point Lookout
58 St. Hedwig (Sw. Jadwiga), Floral Park
75 Holy Name, Woodbury
85 St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont
106 St. Hyacinth (Sw. Jacek), Glen Head
120 Our Lady of Fatima, Port Washington
150 St. Edward, Syosset
167 Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood
180 Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt
211 Sacred Heart, Island Park
255 St. Pius X, Woodbury
256 St. Aloysius, Great Neck
263 Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream
276 St. Mary, Roslyn
279 St. Mary of the Isle, Long Beach
320 St. Joseph, Hewlett
340 Our Lady of Loreto, Hempstead
349 Corpus Christi, Mineola
350 Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park
350 Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne
352 St. Rocco, Glen Cove
360 St. Martha, Uniondale
367 St. Ignatius Loyola, Hicksville
420 St. Gertrude, Bayville
436 Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook
445 St. Patrick, Glen Cove
458 Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park
475 St. Boniface, Elmont
480 Our Lady of Hope, Carle Place
490 Our Redeemer, Freport
500 Holy Family, Hicksville
525 St. Christopher, Baldwin
536 St. Boniface, Sea Cliff
549 St. Thomas, West Hempstead
550 St. Raymond, East Rockaway
576 Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville
576 Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream
598 St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach
657 Sacred Heart, North Merrick
714 St. Dominic, Oyster Bay
735 St. Peter of Alcantara, Port Washington
772 Cure of Ars, Merrick
900 St. Anne, Garden City
950 St. Brigid, Westbury
980 St. Bernard, Levittown
984 Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park
1,000 St. Aidan, Williston
1,065 St. Mary, Manhasset
1,151 St. Martin, Bethpage
1,183 St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square
1,301 St. Kilian, Farmingdale
1,362 St. William, Seaford
1,382 St. Raphael, East Meadow
1,400 St. Joseph, Garden city
1,450 St. Barnabas, Bellmore
1,466 Maria Regina, Seaford
1,500 St. James, Seaford
1,501 St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Wantagh
1,550 St. Agnes, Rockville Centre
2,439 St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa

Total in CCD, Nassau County: 40,527
Plus any at Notre Dame, New Hyde Park.
In 2011, I tallied 46,620 in CCD.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Elementary school enrollments, OCD 2019

The 2019 edition of the Official Catholic Directory includes enrollment figures for 24 parishes (or regional schools) of Nassau County.  Some numbers are unreliable because the school strangely reported the exact same enrollment the previous year. I presume that the OCD numbers are from 2018. Also, there is no indication whether each school's enrollment includes pre-Kindergarten.
In increasing order:
223 Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville
261 St. Dominic elementary, Oyster Bay
262 Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne
275 St. Peter of Alcantara, Port Washington
280 Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream 
283 Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook
286 St. Edward, Syosset
292 St. Thomas, West Hempstead
295 St. Christopher, Baldwin
300? St. Raymond, East Rockaway
303 Holy Family, Hicksville
306 St. Mary, Manhasset
325 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional, Bellmore
339 St. Brigid, Westbury
356 St. Joseph, Garden City
365 St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa
368 Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park
377 St. Martin de Porres, Uniondale
400? Maria Regina, Seaford
440 Long Beach Catholic, at St. Ignatius Martyr
454 St . William the Abbot, Seaford
459 St. Aidan, Williston
530 St. Anne, Garden City
627 St. Agnes, Rockville Centre

Total 8,406, plus Notre Dame, New Hyde Park 
In 2010, I tallied 10,038 enrolled in Nassau County parish or regional schools.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Interfaith Thanksgiving Sunday November 24, 2019

There has been an interfaith Thanksgiving service annually in Wantagh churches and synagogues. This year it is being hosted by St. Raphael's parish in EAST MEADOW, at 600 Newbridge Road. The homilist will be Rabbi Androphy, who has led the East Meadow Jewish Center since 1983.
Time: Sunday, November 24, at 8 p.m.
For me, it is inspiration for our community to pray and sing together.