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 27, 2011

Belmont deanery

The Diocese of Rockville Centre, although highly centralized under its Bishop, is structured with three Vicariates: Western, Central, Eastern. Within Nassau County there are seven Deaneries.  I begin with the Belmont Deanery, bordering Queens County.  Please recall that until 1899 Queens County included the towns of Nassau County.  Until 1957, the diocese of Brooklyn included all Long Island.
In 1858, Bishop John Loughlin of Brooklyn established St. Boniface parish, now with its church and cemetery at Dutch Broadway and Elmont Road, in an area then called Foster Meadow.  In 1902, Bishop Charles McDonnell established St. Hedwig as a Polish parish in Floral Park and Holy Name of Mary in downtown Valley Stream.
1913 -- Establishment of St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square.
1921: Establishment of Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park.  The victory commemorated is that of 1571, one of the battles of Lepanto. 
1926: Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne
1929: St. Anne, Garden City
1941: Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook. "Inspired by the world events of 1941, the pastor-founder of the new church suggested that the new church be dedicated to and named Our Lady of Peace."
1950: Blessed Sacrament, North Valley Stream
1951: St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont
The above ten parishes comprise the Belmont Deanery.  Five will sponsor parish elementary schools in September, 2012: St. AnneOur Lady of Peace, Our Lady of LourdesOur Lady of Victory, and Holy Name of Mary.  All ten parishes have Faith Formation (CCD) programs.

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