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, April 29, 2011

St. William the Abbot, Seaford

The parish of St. William the Abbot is located at 2000 Jackson Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783, one block south of Sunrise Highway (NY 27) and the Seaford railroad station. The parish telephone number is 516-785-1266, and its website is linked here.  The parish was established in 1928.  Twice, the church has been enlarged.

Above, the church interior early Pentecost morning, 2012, before Mass.

In what may have been the former baptistry on the north side of the foyer, there are shrines of three saints, St. Joseph in the center, St. William the Abbot to the left, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to the right.  St. William wears the wrong habit, however, for a Benedictine of the 11th century.  The habit on the statue is Franciscan.  

In December 2013, the parish purchased a new outdoor manger scene and placed a memorial list in the church lobby.  Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Across Jackson Avenue is the parish elementary school at 2001 Jackson Avenue.  The school telephone number is 516-785-6784, and its website is linked here.  At first, Dominican Sisters from Amityville provided religious education.  Later, when the school was opened Ursuline Sisters from Blue Point staffed the school for several decades.  Of the parish elementary schools on Long Island, St. William's is the third or fourth highest in enrollment.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rockville Centre deanery

The diocese of Rockville Centre has grouped the parishes of Nassau County into seven deaneries.  The deanery of Rockville Centre includes the following nine parishes, listed in order of foundation:
1870 -- Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead
1894 -- St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre
1901 -- St. Joseph, Garden City
1903 -- Holy Redeemer, Freeport
1915 -- St. Christopher, Baldwin
1915 -- St. Ladislaus, Hempstead
1919 -- Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt
1931 -- St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead
1949 -- St. Martha, Uniondale
Four of these parishes provide elementary schools: St. Agnes Cathedral School (with 800+ students, the largest elementary school in the diocese), St. Joseph (Garden City), St. Christopher School (Baldwin), and St. Thomas the Apostle School (West Hempstead).  At St. Martha's parish, the Marianist Brothers administer St. Martin de Porres School.  At Holy Redeemer parish, the De La Salle Christian Brothers administer De La Salle School (Freeport).

Oyster Bay deanery

The diocese of Rockville Centre has grouped the parishes of Nassau County into seven deaneries.  The Oyster Bay deanery includes the following eleven parishes, listed in order of foundation:
1856 -- St. Patrick, Glen Cove
1871 -- St. Mary, Roslyn
1894 -- St. Dominic, Oyster Bay
1898 -- St. Boniface Martyr, Sea Cliff
1909 -- St. Hyacinth, Glen Head
1937 -- St. Rocco, Glen Cove
1952 -- St. Edward Confessor, Syosset
1955 -- St. Pius X, Plainview
1959 -- St. Gertrude, Bayville
1962 -- Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury
1962 -- St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville
Five of the above parishes (St. Patrick, St. Rocco, St. Boniface Martyr, St. Hyacinth, and St. Mary, Roslyn) sponsor All Saints Regional Catholic elementary school.  St. Dominic parish offers both an elementary school and a high school.   St. Edward's parish elementary school is linked here.  St. Pius X supports St. John Baptist de La Salle Regional Catholic Elementary School in Farmingdale, but the diocese has announced the closure of this school in June, 2012.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maria Regina, Seaford

The parish of Maria Regina is located at 3945 Jerusalem Avenue, Seaford, New York 11783, telephone 516-798-2415.  The parish website is linked here.
The address of the parish elementary school is 4045 Jerusalem Avenue, Seaford, New York 11783, telephone 516-541-1229.  The school website is linked here.

One enters the parish campus from Jerusalem Avenue, NY 105, a short distance west of Hicksville Road, NY 107.

Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park

There are two parishes in Nassau County named Our Lady of Lourdes.  This one is located at 855 Carmans Road, Massapequa Park, NY 11762, telephone 516-541-3270.  The other parish of the same name is in Malverne.

Above is the church, entered from Linden Street.  Some Masses are offered in a chapel.

Above is the view from Carmans Road and Linden Street.  This is northeast of the incorporated Village of Massapequa Park.

Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.
The parish website is linked here, but some sections may be outdated.  It does provide a recent parish bulletin.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Seaford deanery

The diocese of Rockville Centre has seven deaneries in Nassau County.  The Seaford deanery includes the following parishes, listed in order of foundation:
1912 -- St. Barnabas the Apostle, Bellmore
1926 -- Curé of Ars, Merrick
1928 -- St. William the Abbot, Seaford
1952 -- St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa
1952 -- St. Jane Frances De Chantal, Wantagh
1952 -- Sacred Heart, North Merrick
1954 -- Maria Regina, Seaford
1955 -- Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park 
The above eight parishes provide five elementary schools: St. William the Abbot, Maria Regina, Sacred Heart, St. Rose of Lima, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Please note that St. James parish, served by the Seaford post office, is within the diocesan deanery of Hicksville.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Five Towns deanery

In the diocese of Rockville Centre, the Five Towns Deanery includes nine parishes, that is, more of southwest Nassau County than the fabled "Five Towns," Hewlett, Woodmere, Cedarhurst, Lawrence, and Inwood. In order of establishment these parishes are:
1872 - St. Joseph, Hewlett.  The April 13, 2011, Long Island Catholic includes an important article, "Five Towns parishes to enter new era for collaboration."  The bishop announced plans for the pastor of St. Joseph parish to become in the future also the administrator of St. Joachim and Our Lady of Good Counsel.  Three parishes will remain, but the priest(s) will live in one.  The article did not tell the number of Catholics enrolled in each parish.  None of the three has a school. 
1894 - St. Joachim, Cedarhurst
1909 - St. Raymond of Penyafort, East Rockaway
1910 - Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood.  See also this article in Five Towns Patch about the centennial.  About twenty photos are linked here.
1915 - St. Mary of the Isle, Long Beach
1926 - St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach
1927 - St. Anthony, Oceanside
1937 - Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Point Lookout
1938 - Sacred Heart, Island Park
The above nine parishes comprise the Five Towns deanery, which has two Catholic elementary schools.  St. Raymond's has a parish school, and the three parishes of Long Beach and Point Lookout sponsor Long Beach Catholic Regional School at St. Ignatius Martyr.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hicksville deanery

The Diocese of Rockville Centre has seven deaneries in Nassau County.  The Hicksville deanery includes the following parishes, in order of foundation: 
1850 -- St. Brigid, Westbury
1859 -- St. Ignatius Loyola, Hicksville
1896 -- St. Kilian, Farmingdale
1923 -- St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage
1941 -- St. Raphael, East Meadow
1948 -- St. Bernard, Levittown
1951 -- St. James, Seaford
1951 -- Holy Family, Hicksville
1953 -- Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville
1987 -- Our Lady of Hope, Carle Place
The regional Catholic elementary school St. John Baptist de la Salle, located at St. Kilian's parish, is supported by St. Martin, St. James, St. Kilian and St. Pius X parishes.  The regional Catholic elementary school St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope, Westbury, is supported by those two parishes.  In Hicksville, there are three parish elementary schools: St. Ignatius Loyola, Holy Family, and Our Lady of Mercy.