January 3 - Our Lady of Lourdes



January 3 - Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
455 Hunter Avenue, West Islip, NY 11795
Msgr. Brian McNamara, Pastor
Rev. Andrew Garnett, Associate Pastor
Deacon John De Guardi, Deacon Tom Lucie,
Deacon Jack Meehan, Deacon John Teufel
Sr. Nancy Campkin CSJ, Director of Religious Ed
Trish Frodell, Director of Parish Social Ministry
Louise Jane Krol, School Principal
Sr. Diane Liona CSJ, Director of Religious Ed
Debbie Meyer, Business Manager
Robin Reynolds Brennan, Coordinator of
Worship and Choir Director
Vita Scorcia, Ministry Spiritual Director
Parish Office
Liturgical Schedule
Phone: 661.3224, press 1
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-7:30pm
Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-2:00pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 661.7143
Website: www.ollchurch.org
Daily Mass
Weekend Masses
Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
and 6:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm-4:45pm or by appointment
Daily at 8:00am
Miraculous Medal Novena
Monday at 8:00am
Our Lady of Lourdes School
Phone: 587.7200, press 2
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Religious Education Office
Phone: 661.5440, press 3
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-Noon,
1:00pm-5:00pm, 7:00pm-9:00pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Parish Outreach Office
Phone: 661.9262, press 4
Monday-Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm
SAGE (Senior Advocates for Growth and Enrichment)
Phone: 661.3224, Ext. 122
E-mail: [email protected]
Anointing of the Sick
Throughout the liturgical year. If needed sooner, please call
the Parish Office.
Please contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment.
Arranged at least six months in advance, please call the Parish
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
A process to be embraced by the Catholic Church. For nonCatholics and for Catholics who have never received formal
religious education. If interested, please call the Parish Office.
The Epiphany of the Lord • January 3, 2016
Welcome to our Parish Family
New Parishioners are cordially invited to register as members of
our Parish Family. Please call or visit our Parish Office.
Remember: Together, we can do something beautiful for God!
- Mother Teresa
Pastoral Council
Msgr. Brian McNamara
Eileen Rega
Mary Borgs
Lisa Cantalino
Sonia DaSilva
Nilo DeLeon
Jerry Esposito
Trish Frodell
Pam Gagliano
Deborah Lamb
Rosalie Mangels
Deacon Jack Meehan
John Muldoon
Dottie Perdue
Vita Scorcia
Parish Staff
Patti Anderson
Parish Office
AnnMarie Buonaspina
Director of Youth Choirs
Michael Buonaspina
Parish Organist
Anne Gregg
School Office
Mary Anne Lettieri
Parish Office
Rita Spera
Religious Education Office
Lori Walsh
Bulletin Editor/Website
Pat Young
Parish Office
Mission Statement
As stewards of all that God has given us, the Parish Family of
Our Lady of Lourdes serves and ministers to all who come to
this place.
Regardless of a person’s history, ethnicity, gender, orientation,
age or race, we commit ourselves to open wide the doors of our
Parish to provide a place of welcome and hospitality.
Readings for the Week of January 3
Next Sunday:
Is 60:1-6/ Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/ Mt 2:1-12
1 Jn 3:22-4:6/ Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
1 Jn 4:7-10/ Mk 6:34-44
1 Jn 4:11-18/ Mk 6:45-52
1 Jn 4:19-5:4/ Lk 4:14-22a
1 Jn 5:5-13/ Lk 5:12-16
1 Jn 5:14-21/ Jn 3:22-30
Is 40:1-5, 9-11/ Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7/ Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
Financial Summary
December 20, 2015
Weekly Collection
Weekly Budget
+/- for the week
$ 18,384.00
- $ 17,800.00
Due to an early deadline, Christmas and December 27 will be
posted in the next bulletin.
The estimated weekly collection needed to maintain and operate
our parish buildings, ministries, programs and salaries is $17,800.
This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the “manifestation” of the Christ-child to
the whole world. This feast is also often referred to as “Little Christmas.” In Europe, traditionally
this is the day in which gifts are exchanged because this is the day the Wise Men, the Magi, gave
their gifts to Christ. In Cologne, Germany, the relics of the Wise Men will be shown to the people
at a Solemn Mass. In England, in the Royal Chapel, Queen Elizabeth will offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to a child. In Spain, there will be parades complete with the Wise Men riding on
camels into the various Cathedrals. In Poland, this is a traditional time for all the parish priests to
visit every home in their parish and to bless the home for the coming year. Polish families mark the
wood over the front doors of their homes in this way:
Pastor’s Letter
Dear Parishioners:
20 + C + M + B + 16
It is the year 2016 separated by Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, the three Wise Men. Sadly, we
have lost many of these customs in the United States. But, these traditional customs help us to
remember what Christmas is about and who we are: the adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Another tradition is the baking of the “KINGS’ CA KE.” A cake or pastry is baked with a toy baby
hidden inside (presumably a toy baby big enough that you won’t swallow and choke on the toy
baby!). Whoever “wins” and finds the toy baby is given the honor to make the cake or pastry for
the following year. Many Hispanic bakeries will carry “Rosca de Reyes”, cake of the kings.
In Italy, the feast of the Epiphany is associated with the visit of the Befana (a corruption of the
word, “Epiphany”). La Befana is an ugly, broom-stick riding woman who during the night,
between January 5 and 6, brings gifts to children or a lump of coal. The legend is that, having
missed the opportunity to bring a gift to the Child Jesus together with the Wise Men, she now
brings gifts to other children during the night.
On this day, members of the Greek Orthodox Church participate in the great “Blessing of the
Waters.” After the Divine Liturgy, there is a procession from the Church to the beach, lake, etc.
The Orthodox priest blesses the water by tossing a cross into the water. Men dive in to retrieve the
cross. The person who finds the cross first and swims back receives a special blessing for the
person and for his family. The water blessed this day is known as “theophany water” and is used
by people to bless themselves and their homes.
I am sure that we all know the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The Feast of the Epiphany
marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas, though the official end of the Christmas season is
not until next weekend, when we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Remember: Together, we can do something beautiful for God.
In Christ,
Fr. Brian
Altar Society
Altar linens this week will be cared for by Dottie Collins. If you would like to help care for our
altar needs, please call the Parish Office at 661.3224.
Members in the Military
We ask that you pray especially for those in our parish that are on active duty in the Middle
East conflict.
Michael Fantauzzi-US Air Force
Christopher Florca-US Marines
Christopher Jensen-US Air Force
Edward A. Kelly IV-US Air Force
Anthony Mannino-US Marines
James Rooney III-US Marines
… and remember those of our parish family that are in the armed services, listed in our Parish
Book of Intentions.
Pastoral Care of Our Sick
Please call the Parish Office at 661.3224 to leave the names of
parishioners who:
 Are homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist.
 Are in Good Samaritan Hospital and/or a local nursing home
and would like to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care
 Would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
Parish Spiritual Care Companions
Do you know a parishioner who is homebound and would welcome a visit from one of our trained
Parish Spiritual Care Companions? Please call Rick Danowski at 586.2192, Vita Scorcia at
669.4717 or Charlie Zeiss at 669.7189.
Pray for Our Sick
Please remember to keep in your thoughts and prayers …
Salvatore Albanese, Mario Baibel, Richard Bombardieri, Thomas J. Calogero III, Patricia Carlson,
Joan Clark, Margaret DeLuca, Amanda DiTingo, Roseann Dorohow, Rosalie Dunne,
Frank Edwards, Paula Edwards, Jake Feldman, William Fuchs, Mary Gagliardo,
Kenneth Garretson, Robert Garretson, Sandra Gil, Jeanette Giordano, Ralph Giordano, Jr.,
Ellen Golda, Elizabeth Goode, Beau Hamilton, Claire Hansen, Tommy Haughney,
Josephine Heffron, Patrick Anthony Heffron, Charlene Hervey, Thomas Hicks, Jr., Betty Infurno,
Msgr. William Jablonski, Hank Kahn, Shena Kahn, Tom Kaval, Anne Kerrigan, George Koehler,
Ann Kotz, Rita LaPiana, Patrick Lillis, Sean Lillis, Marian Mannino, Patricia Masier,
Ellen McGee, Una McGrade, Marian McNamara, Vinny Meade, Michael Meyers, Marie Miranda,
Ken Monroe, Peter Murray, Ruth Murray, Nora Neshta, Kevin O’Brien, Helen Olsen,
Nicholas Piotrowski, Nicky Polini, Dorothy Proctor, Bill Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Peter Rooney,
Maryann Savino, Michael Savino, Joseph J. Schiavoni, Ann Marie Schiraldi, Linda Spano,
Derek Stahl, Lindsey Stahl, Andrew Velten, Steven Witowski, Robert Wolfe, Charles Zeiss
Names of the sick are listed for five weeks for short-term requests and five months for long-term.
Rest In Peace
Richard L. Berry
Anne M. Bolin
Margaret P. Kelnhofer
Josephine Marie Roman
Antoinette Siercho
We extend our prayerful
sympathy to the families
and loved ones of those
recently deceased.
Monday, January 4
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Barbara McRory
Tuesday, January 5
St. John Neumann
Ralph J. Giordano
Wednesday, January 6
St. André Bessette
Edward Garnett
Thursday, January 7
St. Raymond of Penyafort
Basillio Aquino & Family
Celebrating Sacraments
Mass Intentions
Friday, January 8
Robert Traver
Saturday, January 9
Ante Vulin, Neven Vulin, Judith Gibbons,
Repose of the Soul of Geralyn Marie Leccese,
Dorothy C. Proctor (living), Charles Zeiss (living),
Frank Bambara (living)
Alice Cullen
Upcoming Marriages
Krystina Pylyp
and John Gherlone,
both OLL
Sunday, January 10
The Baptism of the Lord
Fortunato & Carmela Maggi
Christopher Frank Gerardi, Jr.
Christopher & Jacqueline
Catherine Wisher
Deceased Members of Sweeney & Primrose
Iris Marcellino
People of the Parish, Anthony Mastromonica,
Joseph Toscano, Jr., Joseph Lesko, Arthur Daley
Nathaniel Brian Krauss
Alexander & Melissa
9 Days for Life 2016
Your prayers matter. Your sacrifices make a difference.
What: 9 Days for Life is a focused per iod of
prayer, penance, and pilgrimage. Marking the
anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme
Court case which legalized abortion during all
9 months of pregnancy), this novena has as its
overarching intention the end to abortion.
Respect Life Ministry
However, as Catholics, we recognize the inherent dignity of every person in every circumstance and at every stage of life—from
conception to death. In addition to the topic
of abortion, this novena highlights many other ways we are called to bear witness to and
defend the immeasurable worth of each person and his or her life.
9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:
 Pray for the respect and protection of
each person and his or her life.
 Reflect upon God, our relationship with
him, and our role in His loving plan.
 Make reparation for “violations to the
dignity of the human person” (GIRM, no.
 Inform ourselves about life issues that
affect daily life in this country.
 Build up a culture of life through prayer
and other concrete actions.
This initiative includes different intercessions, reflections, actions, and resources for
each day of the novena.
When: January 16-24, 2016
Who: Leader s in local par ishes, schools, dioceses, ministries, and other organizations are
encouraged to incorporate 9 Days for Life into
their regular programming and/or to host special, related events during this time.
Catholics throughout the country, as well as
anyone else who wants to join, are invited to
participate in both the nationwide novena, as
well as local programming.
Nationwide novena (available in both English
and Spanish): Visit www.9daysforlife.com to
download a free app for your Android or
iPhone or to sign up for daily emails or text
messages. Print versions of each day’s content are also available to download.
 Leader Resources: Visit www.goo.gl/JzZak6*
for promotional, prayer, and programmatic
resources: social media kit; pulpit and bulletin
announcements; promotional flyer, graphics,
and articles for redistribution; youth/young adult
ministry guide; prolife
Rosary prayer intentions;
Holy Hour template; and
more! (Most resources are
available in both English
and Spanish.)
Healing After Abortion
Have you suffered an abortion? Experience God’s love and mercy and begin the journey of
healing. Please call the Sisters of Life: 866.575.0075 or email: [email protected]
For men, call Theresa Bonopartis at Lumina: 877.586.4621 or email: Lumina @postabortionhelp.org.
A Donation was received from Marcy & Ken Chapuisat In Memory of Joseph Lesko.
Mrs. Elaina DiBiasi-Messina made a Thanksgiving Donation.
Outreach received a Donation from Marie Nappo In Memory of Cheryl Nappo.
Mr. & Mrs. Carmine Crudele made a Donation In Loving Memory of the Crudele and Lopez
Families and James Baldo.
A Donation was received from Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Carpone In Memory of Mabel Lester.
Lorraine Petito made a Donation In Memory of her Beloved Husband, Bob.
A Donation was received from Corazon Smith In Memory of James Smith and Family,
Donald McClatchey and Family, Basillio Aquino and Family, Rosa and Vito Mastrorocco.
Eleanor & Mike Carrano made a Donation In Memory of Edward Garnett.
A Donation was received from Cathy Goldstein In Memory of Jane Desthers and
Edward Garnett.
Outreach received Christmas Donations from Barbara Kittner, Maria & John Ninivaggi,
Cyril & Joanne Marquardt and Joe, Mary & Joseph Carbone.
Fr. John Sureau made a Donation In Memory of Jane Desthers.
A Donation was received from Barbara Kittner In Memory of Frederick Zimmerman, Jr.,
Alan Kittner and Roy George.
Phil & Connie Ambrosino made a Donation In Memory of Edward Garnett and Joseph Lesko.
Doris & Richard Shaddock made Donations In Loving Memory of Doris’ Sister, Diane Nigro
(First Anniversary) and In Loving Memory of their children.
Parish Outreach
Donations to Parish Outreach
If you would like to make a donation to Parish Outreach in memory of a loved one, please
call Trish Frodell, Director of Parish Social Ministry at 661.3224, option 4.
Peanut butter / jelly
Flower Offering
Petrino & Reinbold Families
Stephen A. Petrino
All those whom have touched my
life since birth and those souls
that need God’s mercy the
most, especially those souls no
one prays for in this world
Petrino & Buonanno Families
Virginia A. Petrino
Mr. & Mrs. C. Mandracchia
Mr. & Mrs. M. Sepe
Dick & Lilly Wilkinson
Richard Furlani
Nicholas & Teresa Ambrosino
Gerard Ambrosino
Salvatore & Josephine Carrano
Louis P. Saracione, Sr.
Gregory Fredriksen
Gordon & Winberry Families
Mrs. Wilma Willis
Joseph C. Capo II
John R. Hodgkins
Mrs. Melissa Rogan
Dick Ryan
Allocca & D’Aponte Families
Robert Boyd
Deceased Members of De Guardi
& Badamo Families
M. & W. Phillips
Frank Meyer
James Loretz, Sr.
Rutkowski Family
Mr. & Mrs. Nilo DeLeon
Hirt & Bunting Families
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Mascolo
Ms. Isabell McGuire
Gertrude Sullivan
Jean Obremski
Stanley & James Werner
Deceased Members of Gagliano
and Pizzella Families
Jerry Dumas
Ms. Janet Manno
Charles Mai
Deceased Members of Watts, Aragona,
Triold, Carapella & Simonetti Families
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mattel
Loretta Rumola
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hague
Rosary Christian Mothers
The Rosary Christian Mothers meet on the first Monday evening of each month. The next
meeting will be on Monday, January 4. We will begin with Rosary at 7:45pm in the Church,
followed by our business meeting at 8:00pm in the Parish Center.
The SAGE Group (Senior A dvocates for Growth and
Enrichment) will meet on Tuesday, January 5 in the
Parish Center at 9:00am.
Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society invites the men of our parish, young and old, to join us. We can
use the wisdom of the older men and the energy and fresh ideas of our younger men. The
Holy Name Society meets on the second Sunday of each month. Our next meeting will be
on Sunday, January 10. We come together to pray the Rosary at 7:40am in the Church and
the meeting will follow the 8:00am Mass at 9:00am in Room 16.
Stop by - all are welcome!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Bring your prayer and creativity together in a gift
of love.
Join us…
Wednesday, January 13 at 9:30am in the Parish Center.
All you need to bring is scrap yarn, knitting needles or
crochet hooks (patterns and instructions will be given to you)
and your gifts of love and prayer.
2015-2016 Missalette Memorial Opportunity
Each year, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish purchases new missalettes which include the order of Mass texts,
readings for Sundays and Holy Days, daily Mass propers and all the music we sing throughout the year.
This year, and for the years to come, we are asking you to consider making a donation to help offset the
cost of the missalettes. We are asking for $20 per missalette. For each donation, there will be a book plate
inscription on the inside front cover of a missalette.
We hope to offset the cost each year by having parishioners:
Make a donation as a gift
Memorialize a missalette in memory of a deceased friend or relative
Dedicate a missalette in honor of a friend or relative (living)
We thank you for your consideration of this request. Your generosity and commitment to Our Lady of
Lourdes is vital and your participation is greatly appreciated. Your gift will certainly enable us, as a Parish,
to continue to lift our hearts and voices to God and at the same time, remember your intention.
2015-2016 Missalette Memorial
Yes, I would like to help defray the cost of our yearly missalette.
I am enclosing $20 per book, checks made payable to Our Lady of Lourdes.
***Please return form to the Parish Office or mail back to the Parish
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Envelope/Contribution #
Example of a 3½” x 5”
Memorial Label
Inside the front cover
of each missalette
The bookplate will have the following inscription:
Please choose only one per book.
You may memorialize more than one book.
Please print very clearly.
In memory of John Doe
Given by
Jane Doe & Family
(For a Deceased Person) In memory of
Given by (Your names)
(For a Living Person) Please Pray for
Given by (Your names)
(Given as a gift) Gift from
Ministry of Praise
Members pray at home for the intentions of the Church and Parish; designed for the homebound,
senior citizens, etc. Monthly calendar is available in the Narthex. Prayer requests can be left in
the Ministry of Praise box along with the name and address of any homebound person who might
want a copy of the calendar mailed to them (please print).
Good Samaritan Prayer Group of L.I.
The Good Samaritan Prayer Group of Long Island holds their meetings every Friday (except the first Friday of the month) at OLL
School in Room 16 from 8:00pm until 10:00pm. All are welcome to
experience singing, praying and fellowship .
Prayer for Divine Mercy
An invitation to all men and women to be part of God’s plan. We invite you to meet in prayer for
the world and our nation to put their trust in God. Our hope is that the nations will have a new
spirit of morality. Please come with your love and hope for humanity as well as your prayer requests. We gather together every Thursday at 1:30pm before the Blessed Sacrament for about
one half hour. For more information, call Charles Argento at 586.8528.
Boy Scout Troop 179
For more than 42 years, Our Lady of Lourdes has been sponsoring Boy Scout
Troop 179 of West Islip. We meet every Thursday in the School Cafeteria
from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. If you are interested in joining Boy Scouts, check
out our website and stop by a meeting!
Website: http://witroop179.wix.com/bsatroop179#
Email: [email protected]
Around the Parish
Support Groups (all meetings are in Lourdes Hall - lower level of Convent)
Alcoholics Anonymous: Monday and Tuesday at 8pm and Satur day at 11am and 7pm.
ALANON: Wednesday at 10am. Beginner ’s meeting at 9:30am. Fr ee babysitting available.
AA Day-by-Day/Girls Night Out: Thur sday at 7:30pm.
In addition to our parish website, please visit us on Facebook at The Parish
Family of Our Lady of Lourdes. Click “Like” and you will receive the latest
news on upcoming parish events and information.
Special Keys ...
Religious Education Kindergarten Program!
We started this program a few years ago and have expanded it so that
we have a session each month:
January 15 • February 25 • March 11 • April 15 • May 13 • June 3
We meet in the Church at 4:30pm on Friday
and the program lasts about 40 minutes.
Come and see what wonderful opportunities there are for your
Kindergarten children to learn about their faith!
E-mail to register: [email protected]
Below please find a set of 3 chances. It is a 50-50 drawing. Chances are $50 each or 3 chances for
$100. 1st place winner will win 35% of the money, 2nd place will win 10% of the money and 3rd
place will win 5% of the money. You have to be in it to win it! The drawing will take place on
Sunday, January 17 after the 12:30pm Mass. Hopefully, the Wise Men will br ing you a gift
of a winning ticket!
Free Throw Contest
The Bay Shore Knights of Columbus will be holding a Free
Throw Contest on Sunday, January 24 from 9:00am to
12:00 noon at St. Patr ick’s gym, Bay Shor e.
The competition is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 14
(bring birth certificate). There will be winners for each age
group. It is a statewide competition and winners from each
age group will advance to the next round of competition,
with a chance to go to State finals.
For information, call Jack McCullough at 631.666.4939,
Frank Viola at 516.658.1369 or Bob Murray at
Widows and Widowers, Divorced and Single Catholics of
Long Island
New Member Orientation - Non-Denominational - All Are Welcome
Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00pm
The meeting is held every fourth Tuesday at St. Frances de Chantal School, 1309 Wantagh
Avenue, Wantagh, NY. Please bring proof of single status to join. Refreshments served after
For further information, call Carol at 516.794.4933 or Barbara at 516.798.2858.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Longest Married Couple
The search is underway for the Longest Married Couple
in the U.S. Do you think you know who they are?
Maybe it’s your parents … grandparents … that nice
couple who live down the street … nominating a couple
is easy! Just send their names, wedding date and where
they live and your contact information to:
[email protected]
Nominations accepted until January 10, 2016. Winners
will be announced February 2016 to celebrate World
Marriage Day. Nominate a couple you know today!
Babylon Chorale
The Babylon Chorale will hold auditions for all voice parts on Monday, January 4 AND
Monday, January 11 at St. J ohn the Baptist High School, 1170 Montauk Highway,
West Islip. Join us for rehearsal at 7:30pm; auditions take place at 8:45pm. For further
information, call 516.221.3211 or 631.321.4460, visit www.babylonchorale.org or email:
[email protected]
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Division 2 Babylon
Paint Party Fundraiser
Sunday, February 28 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Paint and all materials provided by instructor. Come
experience a new adventure! Tickets $40.00 make a great
gift for daughters, moms, grandmas and girl friends. Join us
for a wonderful afternoon of fun. Coffee, tea and snacks
included. Cash bar.
Tickets Ann Munkwitz 631.666.4756 or Casey DeNatalie
Bereavement Support Groups
Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement Services are open to anyone in the community who has
experienced a loss through death at no charge.
Upcoming Bereavement Support Groups, led by a Bereavement Specialist, include:
SPOUSAL/PARTNER LOSS GROUP: 1/7/16 - 2/25/16 – 4:00pm-5:30pm
ADULT LOSS OF PARENT OR SIBLING GROUP: 1/7/16 - 2/25/16 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
Both groups are held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9 Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY.
Registration is required; call Sheila Felice, LCSW-R at (631) 828-7629.
Family, Marriage and Individual Therapy
Family, marriage and individual therapy, provided by New York State licensed therapists
including therapists who specialize in Substance and Chemical Abuse, Anxiety Disorders
and Behavioral Disorders, are available to parishioners at 147 other parishes. This program,
under the direction of Dr. George Giuliani, has been conducted in the Diocese for the past 41
years for the convenience of parishioners. It is provided by the Catholic Counseling Center,
which is independent of and not controlled or supervised by the parish or Diocese. Most
insurance policies, including Medicare, are honored. For confidential information and
appointments, please call Dr. Giuliani at the Catholic Counseling Center at 631.243.2503 or
visit their website at: http://www.thecatholiccounselingcenter.com.
St. Joseph Renewal Center
The following programs will take place in St. Joseph Renewal Center, 1725 Brentwood Road,
Bldg. #4, Brentwood, NY 11717. Anyone interested in any of these programs, please call the
office at 631.273.1187, Ext. 123.
Gathering of Women - January 5 - 10:00am to 12:00 noon - Offering $15 - Facilitators: Tina
Cafaro and Joan Vessio
Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia - January 6 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Free will offering Presenter: Josephine Daspro, CSJ
Guided Meditation for Inner Healing - January 6 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Offering $15.00
($25.00 for Individual session by appointment) - Presenter: Irene Moore, CCH/Meditation
Deepening your Spiritual Practice through the use of FOCUSING - January 6 - 7:30pm to
9:30pm - Offering $15.00 - Presenter: Kathy Porter
Men 2 Men Gathering - January 9 - 8:00am to 9:30am - Offering $20.00 includes breakfast Presenters: Michael Dunne and participants from the group
Cub Scout Pack 279
For 43 years, Cub Scout Pack 279 of West Islip has been
serving boys, grades one through five, through scouting.
See what adventures await you! For more information,
contact Kelly Wood at 631-983-8026.
Religion and Rock
Tune into “Religion and Rock” with Msgr. Jim Vlaun on Sunday from 7am to 8am
on WBAB 102.3 FM or 95.3 on the East End of Long Island. Listen on Saturdays
at 11pm on Sirius Radio, Channel 159, the Catholic Channel and at 11pm on XM
Satellite, Channel 117.
Isn't God amazing? He made all the stars
and planets to move, so every night the
sky looks a little different. When God
created the world, he planned exactly
when the wise men would see the star.
He wanted them to find Jesus.
Mission for the Week
Visit a planetarium to learn more about the star of
Growing with the Gospel
Sharing the Gospel
Dear God,
thank you for
making the
planets and
stars so the
wise men could
find Jesus.
Something to
Draw a
picture of
stars and
shining in the
night sky.