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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Friday, May 11, 2018


Some parishes in central Europe celebrate Jesus's Ascension with a statue hoisted roofward. The link below shows the sequence in Ansing, Bavaria.
Link HERE.
On YouTube, Ascension Thursday in Mittenwald, Bavaria, link HERE.
The Gregorian chant Introit is "Viri Galilaei ... why are you looking?" from Acts 1.
As entrance hymn, our parish sang "Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise," by Charles Wesley, its five stanzas clearly rejoicing over the rising to heaven more than the rising from the tomb.
A verse of Psalm 47 is found in the seldom-heard Introit, but we sang six verses of it as the Responsorial Psalm. Likewise, Wesley's hymn echoes the same prayers and praise.
At Communion, we sang Robert Dufford's "Be Not Afraid." I then realized that the hymn is not especially a funeral hymn but rather one of instruction to the Apostles at the Ascension. (Am I correct?)
The recessional was written by an upstate New Yorker, Leon M. Adkins. "Go, make of all disciples" clearly references today's Gospel.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle

The diocesan website news on the appointment of Bishop Robert Coyle as an auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre provides this biography. The following paragraph is excerpted from the site of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA.

Bishop Coyle was born September 23, 1964, in Brooklyn, N.Y. His parents, Robert and Kathryn Coyle, currently live in Cold Spring Hills, N.Y. The product of a life-long Catholic education, Bishop Coyle graduated from St. Edward Confessor Elementary School, Syosset, N.Y., in 1978; St. Mary’s Boys High School, Manhasset, N.Y., in 1982; Fordham University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, in 1986; and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, N.Y., with a Master of Divinity in 1991 and a Master of Arts degree in Theology in 1998. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1991 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. by Bishop John R. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral.

His is Titular Bishop of Zabi, perhaps in modern Algeria.

The diocese of Rockville Centre apparently now has five Auxiliary Bishops, three active, two retired.

In early May, 2018, Bishop Barres appointed him pastor in Holbrook, as announced on the diocesan website:

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 9, 2018 – The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, made the following appointments which are effective June 27, 2018:
Most Rev. Robert J. Coyle 
Most Reverend Robert J. Coyle will serve as pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Holbrook.  In addition, Bishop Coyle will oversee the work of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. 
Bishop Coyle returned to serving the People of God in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 2, 2018.  Since then, he has already performed 15 confirmations across the diocese.  Previously, Bishop Coyle served as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Half of the US, Archdiocese for the Military Services.
“Bishop Coyle’s global leadership in the military in service to the men and women who defend our country is a great asset to the Church’s mission on Long Island and to parish evangelization at Good Shepherd parish,” said Bishop Barres. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

New text for the baptism of children

The bishops of the United States at their November, 2017, conference in Baltimore approved a revised translation of the baptismal rite for children, with a vote of 200 in favor, 23 against, and 3 abstentions. Please note that this is not the final step in the process of approval and implementation.
You might take a look at the Catholic News Service report, linked HERE.
You might also look at the discussion on Pray Tell, linked HERE.

Friday, November 10, 2017


The diocesan website has announced three new official appointments.  Please see LINK HERE.

Msgr. James Pareda relinquishes one job, stays as pastor in Brookville.
Msgr. Robert Morrissey becomes Judicial Vicar.
Father Eric Fasano becomes Co-Chancellor (with Sister Maryanne Fitzgerald?) and Secretary to the Bishop.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Murder most tragic

Terrible news, that Deacon Patrick Logsdon was murdered November 3, 2017, at Anthony House, where for many years (decades?) he cared for and supervised men who needed help to return to the ordinary world. Newsday has the beginnings of a report. 
For years, we have helped and lauded this particular work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul here in Nassau County. I think others founded the work, staffed it, and he continued in their footsteps.
This is a grievous loss.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Catholic HS Entrance Exam October 28, 2017

Regarding entrance to a Catholic high school in Nassau or Suffolk County, New York, the deadlines are fast approaching.  Please see the website linked HERE for a list of deadlines and other information about taking the test.  The website includes applications for the exam with or without a request for exceptional treatment "with accommodation."
There are seven Catholic high schools in Nassau County and three in Suffolk County. One entrance exam counts for all. An eighth-grader may apply to three schools.  
I wonder about the ratio between the number of test-takers and seats available in the ten high schools. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Today, the Feast of the Assumption, reminds me of an expression from my youth in an Irish neighborhood in northern Manhattan: namely, that there was a "cure in the waters" on Assumption Day, so some families would be sure to visit Rockaway Beach. I note that this year, one Suffolk parish continues this idea. Please use this link to today's morning prayers at Ocean Beach, Fire Island.