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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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

St. Boniface the Martyr, Sea Cliff

St. Boniface Martyr church stands on the northwest corner of Glen Avenue and Carpenter Avenue.  Its address is 145 Glen Avenue, Sea Cliff NY 11579, telephone 516-676-0676.  The parish website is linked here, but unfortunately the history section is unavailable to the reading public (as of 2.15.2012).

The stained glass window at the right seems to answer the question, "Which St. Boniface the Martyr?" Apparently it is not the man martyred about 307, but rather the Englishman Boniface, Apostle to the Germans, who cut down a sacred oak, and was martyred in 754.  His body was brought to Fulda.

The parish has a religious education program and is one of five parishes sponsoring All Saints Regional Catholic School in Glen Cove.

The parish office is on the south side of Glen Avenue, facing the church. Bus route N21 along Glen Avenue connects this location with Flushing and Glen Cove, generally hourly.

Monday, February 13, 2012

St. Mary, Roslyn

The church of St. Mary faces Hempstead Harbor at the intersection of Bryant Avenue and Summit Place. Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

The parish address is 110 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn NY 11576, telephone 516-621-2222.  

In early February, 2012, the Daily Eucharist is offered Monday-Friday in the church.  Saturday evening at 5 p.m., Mass is in the Hall downstairs, and at 7:15 in Spanish in the church.  Sundays, in the church at 9 and 11 a.m., in the Hall at 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. I suspect that Hall has step-free entrance from the parking lot, whereas the church entrance has many steps.

    Above, the rectory is seen from the church steps.
    The history of this St. Mary's parish in Roslyn is intertwined with that of St. Mary's, Manhasset, three miles to the west. The date of canonical establishment as a parish is 1871 here and 1912 for the Manhasset parish, but that is not the date of first Mass or first construction; each was a mission at some time.
    St. Mary's parish is one of five which sponsor All Saints Regional Catholic School in Glen Cove, five miles north.  The Sisters of Mercy taught in a parish school here for some years after 1952.  I do not know where the school was.
    Note that another St. Mary's exists in Roslyn, a child-healthcare agency from Bayside, Queens.
    Bus route N21 passes the church on the way from Flushing to Glen Cove.  Only two or three blocks south of the church, the N20 offers service from Flushing to Hicksville.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


For some time, the richness of the hymns sung in church has piqued my curiosity.  By hymns, I include the psalms, the canticles, such as the Benedictus and the Magnificat, the ancient hymns, as the Trisagion, the hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas, those of John Wesley, and hymns of more recent times.  As Google's Blogger allows posts to be updated, I don't know where this post will lead.
For starters, today we sang a hymn by Omer Westendorf, whose life was entirely in the 20th century, with a Welsh melody.  In searching for his biography, I came upon this most interesting site from Collegeville.