A Publication of the Pastoral Staff
* ALL MASSES ARE NOW IN THE CHURCH
Sunday 8AM (Church & Streamed)
10AM and 12PM
Monday - Friday 9AM
(Church & Streamed)
(Church & Streamed)
[All Mass intentions are listed
on our parish calendar.]
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20
following 9AM Mass (Church)
except if there is a Funeral
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
5PM to 6PM (Church)
* or any time by appointment
[Saturday, January 16, 9:30AM]
Matthew S. Tringali
[Monday, January 18, 10AM]
[Monday, January 18, 11AM]
Church Open Daily 8AM to 8PM
(to 2PM on Sundays)
The Holy Rosary Daily (Church)
following the 9AM Mass
[except if there is a Funeral]
First Saturday Rosary (Church)
prayed before 9AM Mass
Eucharistic Healing Service (Church)
2nd Tuesday of the month
7:30PM - 9PM
Eucharistic Adoration (Church)
3rd Friday of the month
12PM - 1PM
Family Adoration (Church)
[for families with young children]
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
John Poggi | Nick Poulis| Jeffrey Wheeler | Christopher Frey | Alexander Vecchione | Mary Muratore | James Murphy | Joe Palazzo | Wendy Sclafani | Baby Abigail Elliot | Jaclyn Falcone | Carol Tonner | Elaine Roach | Peter Petruzzi | Henry Keidel | Daniel Costello | Gerard Mastellone | Angela Mortorano | Joseph Tenga | Gerry Condello | Denis Kosar | Al Jurgensen | Helen White
For the repose of the soul of:
The first time I went horseback riding was in college in upstate New York. I had never ridden before (being from “the Island”) and was thrilled to have been invited by a friend to learn. I started out on a small horse (more like a mule) in a wide open area. It all went very well.
I was so impressed that I asked my friend if I could ride his horse (more like the ones you see in the movies). We got back to the barn and he let me try. This time things didn’t go so well.
The horse immediately made for the fence along the walls, and I couldn’t stop him from getting closer and closer. I cried out to my friend, “He’s going to hit the wall - he’s trying to knock me off!” And my friend yelled back, “Stop looking at the wall! He’s going where you are looking!”
My friend’s voice gave me courage. I looked to him and looked away from the wall, and I returned to the course. He was right. The horse was going where I was looking.
Of course I acknowledged the danger of the wall. But in my fear and insecurity I fixed my gaze on it. And that only made it worse. The more I looked at it, the more I moved toward it. And the more I moved toward it, the more I looked at it!
Thanks be to God for the presence of that friend to whom I could cry, and who alone could turn my gaze away from the wall and back onto the path that was set out for me.
For the Christian this means looking to Christ. We lift our eyes from our few loaves and our few fish to the One who can multiply them. We turn our gaze from the empty jars to the One who can turn water into wine. And when the waves threaten to swamp the boat we look to the Man who is walking toward us on the water and who can calm the storm with a word.
When he opened the Second Vatican Council in 1962, Saint John XXIII called us to look to Christ and not at those whom he referred to as “prophets of doom.”
It sometimes happens that we hear certain opinions which disturb us - opinions expressed by people who, though fired with a commendable zeal for religion, are lacking in sufficient prudence and judgment in their evaluation of events. They can see nothing but calamity and disaster in the present state of the world. They say over and over that this modern age of ours, in comparison with past ages, is definitely deteriorating. One would think from their attitude that history, that great teacher of life, had taught them nothing. They seem to imagine that in the days of the earlier councils everything was as it should be so far as doctrine and morality and the Church's rightful liberty were concerned.
We feel that we must disagree with these prophets of doom, who are always forecasting worse disasters, as though the end of the world were at hand. Present indications are that the human family is on the threshold of a new era. We must recognize here the hand of God, who, as the years roll by, is ever directing men's efforts, whether they realize it or not, towards the fulfillment of the inscrutable designs of His providence, wisely arranging everything, even adverse human fortune, for the Church's good. (Saint John XXIII, Opening Address to the Council, 1962)
By calling the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII meant to redirect our gaze toward Christ. He saw us in our ambition mounting the horse of modernity - a horse that we had never ridden before - and he saw that our fear and insecurity atop such a powerful creature was leading us into the wall. But instead of euthanizing the animal or despairing of our ability to ride it, he chose rather to call out to us like a friend, “Stop looking at the wall! Modernity is going where you are looking!”
SANCTUARY CANDLE [Michael P. Havern +]
The candle will burn for the whole week.
ROSE FOR LIFE [N.]
The rose will remain in the vase for the week.
BREAD AND WINE [Intentions of Marisa Daddazio]
The bread and wine will be used for the whole week.
Saint Therese [N.]
Saint Anthony [N.]
Saint Jude [N.]
The Holy Family [N.]
Sacred Heart of Jesus [N.]
The Blessed Mother [N.]
These large devotional candles by each of the shrines in our church burn for the whole week.
Brick pavers in Our Lady's Prayer Garden are available to be engraved in memory of a loved one, to mark a special occasion, or commemorate a living person or family. The offering is $130.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER MEMORIALS
Albert Aiello | Marie Aiello | Louise and Joseph Altamura | Richard Altamura | Robert Alveari | The Antonacci Family | Mr. and Mrs. J. Baggetta | Ismael Bautista | Priscilla Bautista | Edward and Elizabeth Belli | Elizabeth Belli | Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bevacqua | The Billone Family | Brian Bombace | Chris Bombace | Frank Bombace | John Bombace | Stehanie Bombace | Giovanna and Giuseppe Bommarito | Luciano Bommarito | Dorothy and James Bowen | Peter A. Brandel | Valerie Brandel | Mary Brenhuber | Fred Busigno | Louis Cabrera | The Intentions of the Calvello Family | Isabelle Campisi | Robert Canavan | Michael Cantwell, Sr. | Elizabeth and Tony Capasso | Gemma Capogna | Giuseppe Capogna | Loreto Capogna | The Caporale Family | Michael Caprera | Frank and Connie Carbone | Rose and Nicola Carbone | The Carnevale Family | Rocco Carpinelli | The Cerrato's | The Chiusano Family | Edna Chlupsa | Henry Chlupsa | Stanley Chodkowski | Katherine and Ray Colleran | Raphael Colleran | Margaret Connolly | Joseph Connors | The Corradino Family | Leonard John Corrao | Salvatore Joseph Corrao | Catherine and Mike Corvine | John Costalas | Jack Costello | Emily Daniello | Mike Daniello | Anna and Joseph DeDomenica | The DeGuardias | Helen Devaney | Michael Devaney | Dominic F. DiBalsi | Madeline Dietz | Rose and Charles Dietz | Santo and Ida DiGangi | Estelle DiGiorgio | Vito DiGiorgio | Rose and John DiMatteo | Helen Duckham | Kevin Duckham | Jack Durant | Jean Durant | Evelyn Durso | Norman Egloff | Todd Egloff | Uncle Pete Elarde | John and Mary Falcone | The Fandozzi Family | The Fantauzzis | Domenico Faraci | Luigi Faraci | Renee Flynn | Lucy and Peter Frascella | Pamela Frigeria | Robert Frigeria | Uncle Tony Gentile | Domenica Giaime | Paul Giaime | Anthony Giambalvo | Anna Giampietro | Jack Giampietro | Gloria Gioia | Estelle C. Giolekas | Theresa Gorman | Clinton and Jenny Gregory | John Guarino | Doreen Hammill | Richard Harris | Richard Harris | Rosemarie Harris | Donald Herrick | Joyce Hill | Mary and Pat Hogan | Kathy Huckins | Thomas and Anne Hunt | Jenni Jaconetti | Salvatore Jaconetti | All friends and family, esp. Lorraine Jingileski and Christine Safranek | Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kalinoski | Edmund Kaufold | Ann and John Kelly | Mary Kelly | Arthur Kenny | Henry and Mary Korade | Barbara Kratochvil | Joseph Kratochvil | Gabe LaScala | Elizabeth and Michael Leahy | Chancey Leonard | Nora Leonard | Tom Leonard | The LiVecchi Family | Mike Lucarelli | Kenneth F. Madigan | Mary W. Madigan | Jeannine Maher | Elizabeth Malone | Joseph Malone | The Marchetta Family | Michael Marino | Mama Mary | Marion May | Michael McCabe | Mr. and Mrs. M. McCabe | Betty and Thomas McCourt, Sr. | Dorothy McLaughlin | Francis McLaughlin | John S. McNierney, Sr. | The Mellor, Kearns and Claus Families | Katherine Menze | Leo Michie | Philip and Theresa Micucci | Ann Milone | Harry and Marie Minella | Uncle Joe Minenno | Charles and Margaret Miranda | Stanley and Virginia Miron | Susan G. Miron | Linda Marie Miron-Pritscher | Helen Mitchell | Lucy Mitchell | Martin Mitchell | Ambrose Moran | Mary Moran | Mr. and Mrs. F. Mueller | Malanie Murphy | Charles Ohlig | Kelly Ollquist | Elsie and Mountainy O'Mahoney | Aunt Carol Oreioolo | Dominick Palermo | Elizabeth Palmieri | Domenica Perciballi | Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Perez | Sally Perrone | Peter Petrik | The Petrone and Coconato Family | Mary Ann Pipitone | Salvatore Pipitone | Martha and Clemens Piszcz | Gerald Salvatore Pollio | Josephine Ferrara Pollio | Anthony and Jeanette Porrello | Norm Porrello | Calliope and James Poulis | Honor of Maria Poulis | Edward Puletz | Catherine Quere | Corentin Quere | Gloria Quinn | Shirley Quinn | William Quinn | Andy Rae | Dolores Regan | William F. Regan, Sr. | Anthony Restaino | Liberty Restaino | Carolyn Rhoads | Fred Riggio | Irene Riggio | Mary Riggio | Vincent and Irene Riggio | John J. Rochfort | Mary Rochfort | Angelina Rodriguez | Angelo Rodriguez | Ann Roeder | George Roeder | Dorothy Rosenberger | Vincent Rosenberger | Antonietta Sabbatini | Olga Sabo | Frank Saladino | Mr. and Mrs. C. Saladino | Jerry Sarfas | Adele Scanna | Adele Scanna | Joseph Scanna | Catherine Scoza | Raymond Scoza | Marylou Sloan | Mike and John Spence | Alica and Frank Spero | Josephine and Leon Spinelli | Eugene and Loretta Stottler | Deceased members of the Stottler and Lorade Family | William Joseph Stottler, Sr. | Frank Strobel | Domenica Trolio | Ernest Trolio | Dora and Charles Tucker | James and Mary Tumminia | Alexander Uravitch | Bertha Uravitch | The Valentinetti Family | Marc Vassallo | Thomas Vassallo | Anne Vecchione | Caesar Vecchione | Roy Veraszto | Amerigo Visconti | Mary Visconti | Daryl Wachter | Peter Wachter | Elizabeth Wallace | Alicia Walsh | Paul D. Winsko | Ruth and Charles Wisely | Thomas Wisely | The Wisely and O'Mahoney Families | Frances and Carmine Yodice | John Yodice | John and Ann Yodice | Nicholas Zaza | Teresa Zaza | Howard and Dorothy Zick | Ann Zumba | Frank Zumba |
2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
by John Linge
UPDATES AND NEWS
Thank you all, so much, for your generosity with our Share-A-Hope program. Your working together with Danielle and the Parish Social Ministry was (and always is) and amazing thing to see! And you were able to help a lot of families - so praise God. I'm sure you made a lot of people very happy.
I also wanted to thank you, personally, for your generosity this Christmas Season. I know it isn't easy to give to the Church in trying times, and yet you do. Amazing. And it's very inspiring. The priests and I are grateful to you for your own support of our personal vocations - your prayers and your gifts. But we thank you, most of all, for inspiring us to keep striving to make a gift of ourselves. You obviously love the Church very much, and it is a privilege to witness.
BOOKSTORE AND GIFT SHOP
We're getting close! We are moving forward with our plans for a bookstore and gift shop in the parish office. A big thank you, again, to our two benefactor families whose donations have enabled us to purchase the initial stock. And thank you to those of you who gave specifically this Christmas season to assuage the costs associated with this spiritual investment.
We haven't forgotten the requests of those of you who are asking for a paper bulletin. We're working on it.
My Dear Friends,
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher once said, “Change is the only constant in life.” And so once again change is at hand, after 12+ wonderful years of serving my home parish of Christ the King I will be leaving. Please know I have accepted a new assignment from Bishop Barres to St. James parish in East Setauket.
As you may know I’m recovering from common bile duct cancer surgery that was found very early in its progression giving me an excellent prognosis. I’m now receiving chemotherapy and have no side effects. I am doing very well, gaining weight back, but not my hair (LOL).
I find that whenever I go through difficult times in my life I have always asked the Lord, what am I supposed to learn from this experience? Because I know that God is present in everything. My friends I’ve learned that every day is truly a gift from God and I must say I needed that reminder again. For some it might sound like a cliché, for some may even say yeah right! But I say to you my friends be thankful, be loving and be kind to all those you meet.
Thank you all for your prayers, cards and good wishes. You have all been a gift allowing me to enter your lives in various ways. Know that you will always be a part of me and reside in my heart forever.
With love, your friend and neighbor.
BUSINESS AND FINANCES
PARKING LOT RENTAL (*UPDATE)
While we were discussing the possibility of renting some of our parking lot to a delivery company, namely, Amazon, it seems that the arrangement was not meant to be. At least, not for now. The parish did stand to benefit financially, so we looked into it swiftly and carefully. However, it seems that the proposal is on hold, partly due to our zoning, and also because of other offers being made to the same broker. We'll let you know how this develops.
SCHOOL BUILDING USAGE
We are currently in conversation about renting the school to an educational institution that offers programs and services to children and adults with Autism. The Pastoral Staff and I are thrilled about the prospect of having them. We'll get more information to you as the proposal develops. In the meantime, if you would keep this intention in your prayers.
Lord Jesus Christ, King of our hearts,
have mercy on us!