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, May 28, 2013

Nassau County news

Since the Long Island Catholic switched to its new format of ten magazine issues per year, I have tried to categorize the items that might otherwise have appeared in a weekly newspaper.
One example might be the news that two Catholic grammar schools in our county have earned a  reprieve and will not be closed: St. Dominic's elementary school in Oyster Bay, and St. Edward Confessor school four miles south.  The Newsday article of 5.28.2013 reported an enrollment of 237 at St. Dominic and 213 at St. Edward.
The article also quoted Sean Dolan as stating that all parish schools receive subsidies from the parishes.  Admirable. I think some other dioceses are backtracking on that requirement of one of the Plenary Councils of Baltimore by closing schools that need subsidies.
Parishes have announced changes of priestly assignments, but that list has not yet appeared on the diocesan websites.  The Westbury Times reports the transfers of Msgr. Ralph Sommer to St. Bernard, Levittown, and  Fr. Anthony Stanganelli to St. Brigid 
The June, 2013, issue of The Long Island Catholic magazine, page 8, has a headline, "Bishop Murphy appoints 16 new pastors."
Those appointed as pastors of Nassau County parishes include:
Msgr. Robert Batule, to Corpus Christi, Mineola, from Dunwoodie teaching.
Fr. Marian Bicz, to St. Hyacinth, Glen Head, from Our Lady of Ostrabama, Cutchogue.
Father Frank Grieco, to Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park, from St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport.
Fr. Robert Holz, to St. Raphael, East Meadow, from St. Christopher, Baldwin.
Msgr. James McNamara, to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Point Lookout, from Holy Cross, Nesconset.
Msgr. James Pareda, to St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville.
Fr. Valentine Rebello, to St. Pius X, Plainview, from St. Barnabas, Bellmore.
Msgr. Ralph Sommer, to St. Bernard, Levittown, from St. Brigid, Westbury.
Fr. Anthony Stanganelli, to St. Brigid, Westbury, from Ss. Philip and James, Saint James.
Fr. Brian Barr, raised from administrator to pastor at Our Lady of the Isle, Long Beach.
Fr. Fr. John McCartney, raised from administrator to pastor at Saint Mary, Roslyn.
Fr. Andrew Greeley passed away on May 29, 2013.  For several years in the 1970's (if memory can be trusted), the Long Island Catholic published his weekly column.  A lengthy obit in today's Chicago Tribune is linked here.  Long ago, we heard him speak at Our Lady of the Snows, Floral Park, Queens.  One of his memorable stories was a "Kerryman joke," based on train departure announcements at Heuston Station, Dublin.  Besides narratives, he excelled with his sharp observations about the American church, as mentioned in the Tribune obit.  His website is linked here.