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Friday, May 27, 2011

St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa

St. Rose of Lima church, on the southeast corner of Merrick Road and Bayview Avenue, has the mailing address 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa NY 11758, telephone 516-798-4992.  The parish website is linked here.

The mailing address of the parish elementary school is 4704 Merrick Road, Massapequa NY 11758, telephone 516-541-1546.  The school website is linked here.

Looking east from the church, one sees the school auditorium and classrooms.

The church is capacious.

St. Rose of Lima lived in Peru from 1586 to 1617.  At age 20, she joined the third order of the followers of St. Dominic, known as Dominicans.  This parish was founded under her patronage in 1952, and when the large church you see here was built in the 1960's, it included ten stained-glass windows depicting her life. However, the window shown above must be a metaphor of her spirituality rather than an actual event. 
According to a parish history, Rose was the name of the mother of the first priest assigned as pastor in 1952, Rev. John Fagan. However, he became ill before he could start his assignment.

In Nassau County, St. Dominic (1170-1221) and his followers are patron saints of five parishes: St. Dominic (Oyster Bay), St. Hyacinth (Glen Head), St. Rose of Lima (Massapequa), St. Catherine of Siena (Franklin Square), and St. Raymond (East Rockaway).  It seems that no Dominican priests work in Nassau County, but for more than a century Sisters of St. Dominic (that is, Dominican Sisters) have immensely helped the Catholic church in this county by staffing schools, orphanages, and other responsible works.
In the 18 miles of Merrick Road across Nassau County, a traveler passes the front door of three Catholic churches: Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook, St. Christopher's, Baldwin, and St. Rose of Lima.  

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