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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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Corpus Christi hymns

I miss the sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem, but today's Mass from the Passionists in Jamaica came up with an oft-sung gem, I Am the Bread of Life, written by Sister Suzanne Toolan, R.S.M. in 1966.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Seven new pastors

 On May 9, 2021, the diocese of Rockville Centre listed some transfers of priests and some appointments of pastors effective June 23rd. I use the word "some" because more may follow. The link to this document is HERE.


The following Nassau County parishes will receive new pastors:

St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa.

St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square.

Maria Regina, Seaford.

Notre Dame, New Hyde Park.

Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport.

Holy Family, Hicksville.

In Suffolk County:

St. John of God, Central Islip

Monday, March 22, 2021

St. Christopher school closing in June

 The diocese has announced the June, 2021, closing of St. Christopher School in Baldwin. Please see the media release linked HERE. The pandemic is blamed, but again I suggest that demographic changes (Catholics moving out, non-Catholics moving in) have been at work for more than a decade. The school had only 179 students in September, 2020.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

St. Thomas school closing

 The diocese has announced the June, 2021, closing of the parish school at St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead. Please see the press release linked HERE, but I fear the release will soon disappear from the diocesan website. The enrollment at St. Thomas was 209 in September, 2020, according to the media release. The pandemic is blamed, but I see changing demographics as a major cause of the drop in enrollment. On Long Island, people move and neighborhoods change. In this case, an eruv includes much of the parish, and public school districts #17 and #27 are affected by lower enrollments. For more commentary, please see my post for St. Thomas parish.  

St. Raymond's school closing

 The diocese of Rockville Centre has announced the June, 2021, closing of the school at the parish of St. Raymond of Penafort in East Rockaway. The press release is linked HERE, but I fear the notice and its explanations will disappear. In September, 2020, the school enrollment was 130.  For more commentary, please see my post for St. Raymond parish.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Hymn: The Church's One Foundation

The Church's One Foundation is Jesus Christ Our Lord. Today I heard this familiar hymn as the entrance song at the Passionist Fathers' pre-recorded Sunday Mass from Jamaica, Queens. Searching for its origin, I learned that it is a poetic explanation of the ninth article of the Apostles' Creed. Samuel John Stone, a Church of England priest, published it in 1866 in Lyra Fidelium. In that book he connects scriptural passages to each of the twelve articles of the Creed and to poetic verses he wrote. I admire its clarity.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Pastor Martin Rinkart and the plague

Pastor Martin Rinkart wrote "Now Thank We All Our God" despite his parish's tribulations of plague, famine, and war. I refer you to Pam Griffin's Story Behind the Song, linked HERE.


He lived in Saxony 1586-1649, more than a hundred years after Luther.