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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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Five new pastors in Nassau County

The Long Island Catholic has listed five new pastors of parishes in Nassau County (link HERE). These appointments by Bishop Murphy are effective June 29, 2016.  The parishes with new pastors are Corpus Christi (Mineola), Cure of Ars (Merrick), St. Martha (Uniondale), and St. Gertrude (Bayville). In what seems to be a change of titles, one priest will serve three parishes: pastor of St. Joseph (Hewlett) and Our Lady of Good Counsel (Inwood), and administrator of St. Joachim (Cedarhurst).
The list continues with the appointment of Associate Pastors at St. James (Seaford), St. Rose (Massapequa), St. Dominic (Oyster Bay), St. Ignatius Loyola (Hicksville), St. Barnabas (Bellmore), Notre Dame (New Hyde Park), Holy Family (Hicksville), and Sacred Heart (North Merrick).

Friday, March 4, 2016

St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont

Please see The Long Island Catholic for this January, 2016, news about the use of St. Vincent de Paul parish church as a Catholic cathedral.  Also, please see this lengthy, informative article about the Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul on February 14, 2016, and on subsequent Sundays.
For the first time, the Vatican has created a Syro-Malankara eparchy (Eastern term, similar to diocese) in the United States.  The cathedral or see of its first bishop will be at the church of St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont, which is administered from the parish of Saint Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square.  The 2015 Official Catholic Directory provides this legal name, "St. Vincent de Paul Malankara Catholic Cathedral Parish" at 1500 De Paul Street.
Please note the address at the bottom of the website of the new eparchy.
One must distinguish this eparchy from the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas of Chicago.  Both groups represent St. Thomas Christians of India, which has apostolic roots and long predates the arrival of Western Catholicism (Latin Rite) from Portugal.
The above announcement is dated January 4, 2016.  From what I saw today (March 3, 2016), the parish of St. Vincent de Paul has not abandoned its location.  Nor is there any outdoor sign indicating the presence of a cathedral.  The parish website is up-to-date and informative. 

Clicking on any photo will enlarge it.  The photos with snow are from 2011.

Since June, 2011, the parish of St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont, has been administered by the pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna parish, Franklin Square.  Please see the diocesan press release linked here dated May 10, 2011.  This is not a merger of parishes, but rather an administrative consolidation. 

The church of St. Vincent de Paul is located north of Hempstead Turnpike, east of the new Elmont Library.  The entrance is via West Gate and north on Robert Avenue.  The intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and West Gate has a traffic signal, and a sign for the church is there.
The rectory address is 1500 De Paul Street, Elmont, NY 11003, telephone 516-352-2127.  
The parish was established in 1951.  The parish elementary school opened in 1961, but is now closed.

Above, Robert Avenue ends at De Paul Street.

The above 2011 photo looks west along Hempstead Turnpike towards the new Elmont Library and the principal crossroads of Elmont.  At the right is West Gate, leading via Roberts Avenue to the church.
For me to write that Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) was an admirable person is an understatement.  One summary of his life is linked here and another here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

John J. O'Malley, architect

In my visits to parishes, I have seldom encountered a sign or plaque giving the name of the architect who designed the church.  Fortunately, the Brooklyn Tablet has now run an article about the prolific architect John J. O'Malley, 1915-1970.  Please see the article HERE.  The occasion was his 100th birthday, with Mr. O'Malley's descendants visiting Cathedral College in Douglaston, which he designed.
Much of Mr. O'Malley's work is evident in circular churches and chapels in Queens.  A Wikipedia article lists his extensive accomplishments, including apparently some renovations or extensions. It appears that his brand-new churches (contrasted with renovations) date from 1950 until his death in 1970.  Archbishop Molloy died in 1956, and the following year the Diocese of Rockville Centre was established with Walter Kellenberg appointed first bishop.
Many thanks to The Tablet and the O'Malley family for publicizing his life and work!
According to the Wikipedia article, he designed the following churches in Nassau and Suffolk counties:
St. Aidan, Williston Park, Nassau County.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a circular church in Centereach, Suffolk County.
Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip, Suffolk County.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Three new monsignori and fuschia sashes

The Most Reverend William Francis Murphy has announced that three priests of the diocese of Rockville Centre have been named Monsignori, with the rank of Chaplain to His Holiness.  Please see the Long Island Catholic article linked HERE.
Wikipedia has a worthwhile article about the title of Monsignor.
The three new monsignori are Msgr. Robert Hayden, pastor of the parish of St. William the Abbot, Seaford, Msgr. William Gomes, pastor of the parish of St. Boniface, Elmont, and Msgr. Peter Dooley, pastor of the parish of St. Philip Neri, Northport.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Recessional hymn at Pope's Mass at MSG

It is 7:40 p.m. on September 25, 2015, and Mass has been celebrated with Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden.  Allow me to point out a special quality of the recessional hymn, "Now thank we all our God." 
Martin Rinkart, a clergyman who followed Martin Luther, wrote this hymn about 1636 despite having suffered a fearful number of deaths among his companions, fellow citizens, and family. He wrote "Nun danket alle Gott" is heartfelt thanksgiving for God's good gifts.  Please see this context in this Wikipedia article.
Another article, linked HERE, describes the Biblical motivation for the hymn, following Ecclesiasticus 50:22-24.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Nassau numbers from 2015 Directory

The 2015 Official Catholic Directory, recently available, includes statistics probably collected in 2014 or earlier.  My computations could be wrong, but it would seem that the 27 Catholic elementary schools in Nassau County had a total enrollment about 9,797, plus whatever the enrollment at Notre Dame, New Hyde Park, is.  Whether some schools included pre-kindergarten students in the count is unclear.    St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, reported the highest enrollment, 753 students.  St. William the Abbot, Seaford, reported 569, but that was the same number reported last year.  St. Anne 530, St. Aidan 518.
The median group of the 27 Nassau County Catholic schools would seem to be Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park, 365, St. Elisabeth Ann Seton, Bellmore,  356, and St. Joseph, Garden City, 356.  With lower enrollments are Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne, 263, and All Saints Regional, Glen Cove, 195.
The site elementaryschools.org lists grade-by-grade enrollment without giving a date of the statistics.  However, an analysis of that site shows how Pre-Kindergarten enrollment at some parishes can skew the total.  
The approximately 66 parishes in Nassau County have religious education programs which instructed about 43,208 youngsters, plus whatever the enrollments at Notre Dame and St. Anthony (Oceanside) are.  The highest enrollments seems to have been at St. Rose of Lima, 2,695 students, Maria Regina 1,800, and St. Frances de Chantal 1,633. The median group would seem to hover around the 570's, St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach, Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville, and St. Boniface Martyr, Sea Cliff.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DRVC numbers from 2014

The 2015 Official Catholic Directory, published recently, includes statistics probably collected in 2014 or earlier.  Below are some sample statistics for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  In some cases, the numbers may be rather stale. particularly where the number is exactly the same annually.  I have omitted some numbers that seem wildly inaccurate. 
Sisters in the diocese: 980, down 46 from last year.
Brothers in the diocese: 67.
Permanent deacons in diocese: 292 up from 275 in 2013.
Diocesan priests: 207 active in the diocese, 11 outside the diocese. Number retired, sick, or absent: 92.
Extern priests 89. In 2002 was 51; (2014) 89.
Parishes in the diocese: 134.
Catholic elementary schools in the diocese: 47.
Students in Catholic elementary schools: 17,202.  Was 20,042 in 2011.
Infant Baptisms: 14,210.  Was 15,211 in 2013.
Adult Baptisms: 798.
Received into full communion: 799.
First Communions: 15,451.  Was 16,722 in 2013.  
Marriages: 3,188. Was 3,203 in 2013.  Catholic marriages: 2,639.  Interfaith marriages: 549.
Deaths: 9,981.  Was 10,370 in 2013.
For earlier years, please see this report.