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, February 11, 2011

St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead

On Westminister Road, West Hempstead, just north of Hempstead Turnpike are the buildings of the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle: a large school, an auditorium, the rectory, and a church built in 1963. The parish address is 24 Westminster Road, West Hempstead, NY 11552, telephone 516-489-8585.  The parish website is linked here.   The parish was founded in 1931 and is currently (2011) in the Rockville Centre deanery. 
The 2.9.2011 edition of The Long Island Catholic includes a well-written and informative article about the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead.  The article is linked here.  I have no idea how long TLIC maintains articles in available web archives, so please read it now. The article says that the parish has 2,900 registered families.
I wonder which building is depicted in the scene behind St. Therese.  It does not resemble the basilica at Lisieux.

The parish school is at 12 Westminster Road, telephone 516-481-9310, website here

The sign advertises the pre-school program.

An auditorium is to the left (north) of the school.
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A second church, known as the parish chapel, is located about two miles south, at 875 Hempstead Avenue, West Hempstead, at the intersection of Hempstead Avenue and Nassau Boulevard.  This is three blocks north of Exit 17 of the Southern State Parkway.

St. Thomas Chapel has weekday Mass Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.  Please see the parish websitefor more schedules.  The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, which has 29 parishes in the United States, lists this chapel as a place of worship.  Generally, Syro-Malabar Catholics are from India.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne

Our Lady of Lourdes parish is located at 65 Wright Avenue, Malverne NY 11565, telephone 516-599-1269. The parish website is linked here.

Hempstead Avenue and Malverne's business district is two blocks west (to the left).  Wright Avenue runs from Hempstead Avenue east to Ocean Avenue, and at each end a black-and-white sign points to the parish.
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The mailing address of Our Lady of Lourdes School is 76 Park Boulevard, Malverne, NY 11565, telephone 516-599-7328.  The school's website is linked here.  Church, school, and rectory share a square block.  In this photo, the houses are along Park Boulevard. 

In the above view at Wright Avenue and Sheehy Place we see the rectory and the school.  Sheehy Place is closed to traffic during school hours.