Bulletin 141123

Saint William
the Abbot Parish
Parish Office: (516) 785-1266
Fax: (516) 785-4824
Web Page: www.stwilliam.org
Email: [email protected]
2000 Jackson Avenue – Seaford, New York 11783
Our Lord Jesus Christ
King of the Universe
November 23, 2014
Pastor
Rev. Robert L. Hayden
Associate Pastors
Rev. Belevendiram Rathinam
Rev. Ryszard Ficek
In Residence
Rev. Richard Viladesau
Deacons
Thomas Buchenberger
John Lynch
Pastoral Associate
Sr. JoAnn Bonauro, S.C.
Mass Schedule
Our Parish Mission Statement
We, the Parish Family of St. William the Abbot, are a welcoming community of
faith, guided by the Holy Spirit and centered in God’s Word and the Eucharist.
Through the Sacraments, prayer and the stewardship of our God-given gifts,
we are called to minister with respect and compassion to all,
from the youngest to the oldest.
We commit ourselves to continue the mission of Jesus Christ,
to proclaim His Gospel and to love one another as He has loved us.
Weekends:
Saturday Evening: 5:00 & 7:30 PM
Sundays: 7:45, 9:15 and 10:45 AM
12:15 and 5:00 PM
Holy Days of Obligation:
Eve of Holy Day: 7:30 PM
Holy Day: 7:30, 9:00 AM, 12:00 Noon
4:30 and 7:30 PM
Weekdays:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 & 9:00 AM
Saturday Mornings: 8:30 AM
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In This Issue
Anointing of the Sick
Page 2
Liturgy, Prayer
and Sacraments
Page 3
Parish Social Ministry
Page 4
Star Program
Page 4
Faith Formation
Page 5
Volunteers Needed Page 5
School News
Page 6
Attic Treasures Drop Off
Page 7
Advent Tea With the Saints
Page 8
Christmas Fair
Page 9
Stewardship News Page 10
Display Your Christmas
Spirit
Page 11
Directory
Page 16
TWO KINDS OF THANKSGIVING
This Thursday we will observe a national holiday, which is shared
by almost all Americans. To celebrate Thanksgiving a person only has to
believe in God, the one to whom we give thanks, and to recall, and perhaps
state out loud, the reasons for this gratitude.
Since most Americans still believe in God, the first requirement is
easy to fulfill. As for the second, most people, even in the face of real
problems, can find something for which they can give thanks.
I would like, however, to suggest a change, or at least a
broadening, in this second aspect of Thanksgiving. We are used to naming
as our blessings things that make life easier or more enjoyable, such as
good health, a good job, or happy children. It often happens, however, that
we benefit both personally and spiritually, as much from the problems we
face and the misfortunes that come upon us as we do from our good
fortune.
Theoretically, we can grow through our successes and joys just as
easily as we can through our failures, but experience teaches us that deep
growth takes place through the opposite – our losses, our
disappointments, our sorrows. In other words, it is during the dark night
of the soul and not while basking in the sun of our successes that we truly
grow and take on the image of our Lord. It is not through an idealized
image of ourselves but rather by acknowledging our inferiorities and our
blemishes that we learn compassion, forgiveness, and love.
And so, this Thanksgiving I give thanks to God that I now count
the remaining span of my life not in decades but in years. This helps me to
distinguish between what is important and unimportant, between what
will last into eternity and what will pass away.
I give thanks to God for interruptions to my schedule and for the
disruption of my plans. They remind me that ultimately I am not in charge,
only God is, and that there is something to be learned in every new or
unexpected experience.
I give thanks to God for the many times I forget things, whether it
is a person’s name or something I said I would do. Though these lapses are
annoying to me – and to others – they keep me humble and while it isn’t
good to forget a kindness or a favor received, it helps to forget those times
when one is slighted, ignored, or lied to.
I give thanks to God for those who seem to misunderstand what I
say or what I’m trying to do. Their skepticism prompts me to question
further my motives, the depth of my conviction, and how well or how
poorly I communicate.
I give thanks to God for those goals and dreams that I will never
realize. They remind me to live in the present, not in the future or the past,
and to discern better God’s plan for me in the here and now.
I give thanks to God for friends who aren’t perfect. Neither am I,
and they have taught me far more about love and goodness than I have
taught them.
I give thanks to God for a Church that isn’t perfect and that
sometimes disappoints me. This is exactly what Christ said would happen
and somehow this too fits into God’s plan.
And so, on Thanksgiving although I will be thanking God for those
blessings we usually mention on this holiday, I will also be asking God to
help me find blessings in places where I’ve never looked before.
Fr. Robert L. Hayden
Pastor
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Presider Schedule
Saturday, November 29, 2014
5:00 PM Mass
Fr. Ryszard Ficek
7:30 PM Mass
Fr. Robert Hayden
Sunday, November 30, 2014
7:45 AM
Fr. Bala Rathinam
9:15 AM
Fr. Ryszard Ficek
10:45 AM
Fr. Bala Rathinam
12:15 PM
Fr. Robert Hayden
5:00 PM
Fr. Richard Viladesau
Next Sunday’s Scripture
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37
We watch the seasonal changes in nature and
prepare for them. During Advent we look more
deeply at our lives and prepare our hearts for Christ.
What lies in darkness and waiting? What is calling
us into the light? Are we willing to let the divine
potter fashion what is best for our lives? May we
prepare ourselves to be all that God created us to
be.
Anointing of the
Sick
Anyone going to the hospital or who has a serious illness can celebrate the Sacrament of
the Anointing of the Sick, which will be celebrated communally immediately following the
12:15 PM Mass on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Prayers & Devotions
Morning Prayer
Monday through Friday:
8:35 AM
Saturdays:
9:00 AM
Miraculous Medal:
Devotions
Saturdays at 8:15 AM
Rosary:
Eucharistic Adoration:
Monday-Saturday after
8:30 AM/9:00 AM
Masses
First Friday of the month
Holy Hour - 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Third Sunday of the month
11:00 PM – 7:00 AM
(Nocturnal Adoration)
Mass Intentions
November 24, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
8:00 AM Dan Kopetic
9:00 AM Maureen Burke
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
8:00 AM Lucille Rilli
9:00 AM Fred Coglietta
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
8:00 AM Victoria Kobus
9:00 AM Florence & Walter
McVeigh
Thursday, November 27, 2014
8:00 AM Collective Intentions
Rev. John Mariano, Dolores
Rugolo, William & Mary Brick,
Rosemary & Richard Turk
9:00 AM Benefactors of St.
William
Friday, November 28, 2014
8:00 AM Mary Lorraine May
9:00 AM Veronica & Cyril
Folorian
Saturday, November 29, 2014
8:30 AM Purgatorial Society
5:00 PM Peter Cippoletti
7:30 PM Peter Cippoletti
Sunday, November 30, 2014
7:45 AM John & Michael
DeVincent
9:15 AM Timothy F. Sullivan
10:45 AM Collective Intentions
Noreen Phelan, Catherine
Hagens, Frank Rugnetta, Frank
Ballo
12:15 PM People of St. William
5:00 Freddie Anusiak, Jr.
Reflecting on the Word
The Church year ends with a celebration of the universal kingship of Jesus. While today kings have for
most of us a quaint, folkloric quality, in the ancient world they were a force to be reckoned with. The ideal king
was of a powerful defender of his people, a mighty warrior, while a bad king was one who exploited his people
for his own gain. Today’s readings, however, use the imagery of a shepherd, which runs counter to ancient ideas
of both bad kings and good ones. God as our shepherd-king is neither a warrior nor an exploiter, but rather one
who guards his flock and seeks out those who are straying.
This image of God as shepherd is in one sense a very tender one. But the first reading reminds us that the
shepherd also has the role of judging “between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.” The theme of
judgment that was prominent in last week’s readings carries through for this Sunday. But the story told in the
Gospel reading puts that judgment in its proper perspective. The shepherd-king judges on the basis of how
closely we have modeled ourselves on God’s own way of acting. Have we guarded the members of God’s flock
and sought out the lost by feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger and clothing the naked? How we conducted ourselves in a way that would identify us as members of God’s flock or have
we acted like those bad kings who exploit those put into their care for their own gain?
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Stewardship
A Way of Life
Sacraments
Reconciliation
Saturdays
November 16, 2014
November 17, 2013
$20,840.00
$20,644.00
We are grateful this week for all stewards in our parish
who give evidence that Christ is Lord in their lives
through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, attendance
at Benediction or Forty Hours devotion.
Please pray for the sick…
In order to keep our list current, names of the sick will be
in the bulletin for 3 weeks.
Scarlet Holohan
Sean Kehoe
Patrick McGrath
Peter Montalbano
Joseph LaScala
Park McKenna
Bob Powers
Cecelia Jacobs
Bebe Cozelino
James Patterson
...and for the deceased
Michele Scoleri
Wine and Hosts
The Bread and Wine used at Mass this
week have been donated in loving
memory of
Sam Marino
From the
Marino Family
Banns of Marriage
Banns 1
Catherine Groene (SWA) & Christopher Patota (Our Lady of Sorrows,
White Plains, NY)
Banns II
Michele Cammarata (SWA) & Paul Aparo (Our
Lady of Guadalupe, Brooklyn)
Banns III
None
4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Eve of Holy Day
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday before
First Friday
9:30 AM & 4:00 PM
You may also schedule penance by appointment by calling
the Rectory Office at (516) 785-1266.
Initiation of Infants Baptism
First Four Sundays
of the month
2:00 PM
Parents must contact the rectory office to register their
child. For additional information, please visit our website:
www.swafaithformation.org.
Initiation of Adults: Adults who have not been baptized,
received first Eucharist or Confirmation should contact the
rectory office and ask about enrolling in the R.C.I.A.
Program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
Sacrament of Marriage: Arrangements should be made as
soon as possible, preferably before reserving a place for your
reception, but no later than six months prior to the
wedding. The same priest initiates and completes all the
arrangements with wedding couples.
Communion and Anointing of the Sick: Those who are
unable to attend Mass because of age or declining health
may arrange with the rectory to receive Holy Communion
at home. The Anointing of the Sick is available to those who
are going into the hospital or seriously ill and can either be
administered communally (first Sunday of the month
following the 12:15 PM Mass) or by contacting the rectory
as soon as possible in the event of immediate need.
Update - 2014 Catholic
Ministries Appeal Goal $132,700
Through the generosity of over 990 St. William
parishioners, pledges to the 2014 Catholic Ministries Appeal have reached and exceeded our Appeal goal for this year. Pledges currently total
$173,404. We encourage everyone who may still
be fulfilling their pledge to continue to do so. Payments to date are $153,255.
Completion of these payments means that St. William’s will enjoy a greater share in the Appeal’s rebate program, where a portion of the funds are returned to use for parish needs
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STAR
PROGRAM
As we approach the
Advent Season let us
prepare our hearts for
Christmas by
participating in our
annual Star Program.
A manger has been placed
in the Church containing
colored stars which have
suggestions for gifts.
There are also stars in
baskets at the exits.
Take a star of your choice
and attach it to your gift.
Please return the unwrapped gift to the
manger or the
Social Ministry Office by
December 15.
Checks should be made
payable to St. Vincent de
Paul Society.
Our families in need are
most appreciative of your
generosity.
Please call the Social
Ministry Office if you have
any questions 679-8532.
Parish Social Ministry
St. Vincent de Paul Society – Today as we celebrate Christ the King we
hear Jesus say: “…whatever you did for one of the least brothers and sisters
of mine, you did for me.” Knowing that we find the face of Christ in the
poor, this month through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and
Parish Social Ministry was able to serve over 70 families. Thank You! If
you or anyone you know would benefit from the use of the food pantry or
assistance from Saint Vincent de Paul Society please call Parish Social
Ministry 679-8532. Utmost confidentiality is promised.
THANKSGIVING BASKETS – If you know of a neighbor or friend in
need that would enjoy a Thanksgiving Basket, please notify Parish Social
Ministry 679-8532 so we can deliver the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner
and let them know that we care.
HOMEBOUND – Do you know someone who is homebound and lonely.
Let us know so that we can visit and make friendly phone calls to our
homebound parishioners. Contact Parish Social Ministry 679-8532.
HEAP BENEFITS – Home Energy Assistance Program - Beginning
November 17th, HEAP Program will be available to help with home
heating in the winter months for income eligible homeowners or renters.
An example of the HEAP monthly income level for a family of two is
$2844 and for a family of four is $4,182. Additionally, HEAP offers
heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners
with inoperable heating equipment. HEAP may help you pay for Oil,
Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Kerosene, Coal, or any other
heating fuel. For further information, please contact the HEAP Hot-line 1800-342-3009 or www.mybenefits.ny.gov or Rosemary at Parish Social
Ministry 679-8532.
This week our pantry needs include:
Taco Dinner
Bread Crumbs
Pasta/Vodka Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Chef Boyardee
Deodorant
Syrup
Mayonnaise
Whole Tomatoes
Cleaning Supplies
Dish/Laundry Detergent
Tissues
Christmas Adopt A Family
If any individual, parishioner, family or
Prayer Group wishes to adopt an individual or family for Christmas, please call
Parish Social Ministry - 679-8532. We
have parish families that are in need this Christmas and this
is an opportunity to be Christ to others. The gifts can be for
one person, two or more - your choice!.
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Faith Formation
Please visit our website: www.swafaithformation.org
The Office of Faith Formation (Religious Education) hours are as
follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 AM – 1 PM
and 1:30 PM – 4 PM. Wednesday: 10 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 4 PM.
The office is also open during class hours.
Grade 2 Mandatory Parent Reconciliation Meeting – Monday, Nov.
24th at 1 PM or 7 PM. Please choose the time that is most convenient
for you.
Please note Faith Formation Classes this week as follows:
Grade 3 – Monday, Nov. 24th 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Grade 4 – Tuesday, Nov. 25th 4:15 – 5:15 PM
NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there are no classes on
Wednesday, Nov. 26th. The Faith Formation Office will be closed on
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27th & 28th.
Family Mass every Sunday at 9:15 AM in the Church.
Family Mass Corner
The Family Mass is held every Sunday at 9:15 AM in the church. If
you are interested in having your family bring up the gifts at the
Family Mass, please call Tara at (631) 691-0992. We are also in need
of greeters to welcome our families to mass each week and hand out
any materials.
HEaling Link®
Ministry Is Here!
The next meeting is
Tuesday, December 2nd
HEaling Link® focuses on allowing the healing energies of Jesus to
manifest through powerful
prayers, sacred scripture, uplifting
Christian music, healing meditations, and purposeful expression
in a friendly and relaxing environment.
Join us for a faith-filled evening
that will expand and nourish your
relationship with Jesus, and inspire you as a Catholic.
We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday
of the month at 7:30 PM in the
Church’s Small Abbey.
For more information, please contact:
[email protected]
Lector
Workbooks
Our Family Mass Committee discusses ideas on making the Mass
more effective for our children and modern-day family dynamics in
general. Please consider lending a little of your time to make our
Family Mass a better experience for everyone. If you are interested
or would like more information about the committee, please call
Alfred Allongo, 781-3253.
Volunteers Needed
On Friday morning, November 28 following the 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM Masses, we
will be putting the new hymnals for 2014 15 into the pews.
Many hands make light work, so please
help us if you are available.
All Lectors are asked to
pick up their new Workbook, which begins on
Saturday/Sunday, November 29/30. The books
are in the Rectory.
Any questions, please see
Sister JoAnn.
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Saint William the Abbot School
(A Middle States Accredited School)
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
9:15 AM - Grade 1 Mass & Hospi- Happy Thanksgiving
tality (School)
Friday, November 28, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thanksgiving Recess
Grades 5 - 8 Trimesters
1:00 PM/7:00 PM - Grade 2 Recon- Saturday, November 29, 2014
ciliation Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:00 N - MSS
Bingo Team 9
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Grades 5 - 8 Trimesters
Sunday November 30, 2014
1:00 PM - Pep Rally
First Sunday of Advent
2:30 - 6:00 PM - MSS
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Attic Treasure
Drop Off - Cafeteria
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
9:00 AM - School Mass
10:00 AM - Kindergarten Feast
12:15 PM - Dismissal
Grade 7
On November 5, Grade 7 visited Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The students were able to experience what colonial living was like and how different it is in comparison to
their own life.
A Huge Success!!!
Principal for the Day, Mr. Montalbano, and Assistant Principals of the Day, the Thieke Girls, organized a student dress down day for November 14th. The requirement was to make a donation to the St. William’s Food
Pantry.
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Sunday November 30th from 9am until 2pm
We will be accepting donations of gently used items.
Drop off will be at the “Bingo” doors.
Books
Frames
Toys & Games We are still in need of volunteers to help:
th
 Sun. Nov. 30
9–2
th
 Sun. Dec. 7
1–4
Dishes
Holiday items
Small appliances
Baby Items
Movies
Sorry, but we
cannot accept:
Television
Computers
Clothing
or
Large Furniture
DVDs
Music
House wares Sporting Goods
Little Tykes
Small furniture
Knick-knacks

Staffing Sat/Sun Dec. 6-7 9 -4
If you have a few hours to spare at any of these dates, please call one of
the chairs so that we know how much coverage we have.
*counts as National Honor Society & Confirmation community service hours, with parent supervision*
If interested please call:
Tara Deller 221-8740
Teresa McAleer 783-4835
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Stewardship News
~ Accountabilit y Weekend~
“And here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of
sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy
born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.”
Pope Francis: Palm Sunday Homily: March 24, 2013
Accountability and stewardship are closely related.
accountability noun \ə-ֽkaủn-tə-′bi-lə-tē\
: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's
actions
stewardship noun \′stü-ərd-ֽship\
: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted
to one's care
Adapted from Webster’s Dictionary
Imagine, if you will, that you marginalized, unborn, imprisoned,
needed to go out of town and you aged, ill and so on.
We are
entrusted your house to the care of especially responsible, too, for the
your neighbor. Upon your return gifts God has placed in our lives,
you see that the house is in our personal gifts. These include
disarray and has not been well- our family and friends; our
kept; your mail is overflowing from possessions, homes, clothes, money
the box and your lawn is wild. and food; our health, talents, skills,
Your first thought is that something energy, intellect and time.
must have happened to your
It is this last area, our personal
neighbor, only to find that they are gifts, that we examine today.
relaxing in your living room! Accountability prompts us to ask,
Hopefully, you will never have this “How well have I stewarded all the
experience, but wouldn’t
gifts I have received?”
you want at least an
“Have I used and shared
It is
explanation or perhaps
those gifts in a way that
justice?
Your neighbor through our builds up the Kingdom
was not a responsible relationship of God rather than tears
steward of your home.
it down?” “What steps
with God
What does this mean
can I take to become a
to us? As we continue
better steward of what
that we
our
journey
of
has entrusted to
experience God
stewardship renewal, we
me?”
true joy!
discuss
today
our
Our
examination
accountability as God’s
should prove joyful! Yes,
stewards. The story of Creation there are always areas to improve
establishes God as the Creator and upon and we may not always live as
Source of all that is, was and ever God intends, but we try...and when
will be.
God decided, “to place we try, we often times succeed!
Adam in the Garden of Eden to
In the above quote from Pope
work it and keep it (Genesis 2:15). Francis, he exclaims that we should
It is here that God explicitly not be “men and women of sadness:
entrusts us as human persons with a Christian can never be sad! Never
the care of all creation.
give way to discouragement! Ours is
We are responsible for the earth not a joy born of having many
and all that is on it, including: possessions, but of having
natural resources and living encountered a Person: Jesus, in
creatures; people in all phases of our midst.”
the journey including the poor,
Yes, as stewards we place our
gifts and ourselves at the service of
others to advance God’s kingdom.
Even though we stumble, we arise
again with great joy knowing that,
“The Lord never tires of forgiving, it
is we who tire of asking for
forgiveness.”
(Pope Francis, March 17, 2013)
Never tire of seeking God’s love
and mercy.
It is through our
relationship with God that we
experience true joy!
We can become
More Accountable by:
 Discovering and embracing the gifts
that God has given us.
 Examining how we have used our
gifts in service to others and
seeking to take-a-step further.
 Making a plan to share our financial
resources and possessions in a
responsible manner and put it into
action.
 Learning more about our faith and
traditions.
 Being conscious of the happenings
in our lives and making decisions
based on our faith and values.
 Inviting others to re-connect to our
Church by sharing our stories and
experiences of God.
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Word of God.
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Hahn. Bergsma combines sound theology, academic expertise, pastoral wisdom, and an endearing playfulness to
draw readers into the connection between the great stories of the Bible and salvation in Jesus.
The Books are $3 each or both for only $5. The books are available in the Rectory Office. Please hurry, supplies are limited.
Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 27 is Thanksgiving
Day. The Rectory Office will be closed.
Rite of Christian
Initiation
Are you or someone you know
considering coming into the
Catholic Church or are you already Baptized and wish to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?
To learn more, call Rosemary at
679-8532.
As we usually do, we will celebrate Mass
at 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM. The 9:00 AM
Mass will be a concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving.
Abbot Innkeepers
The Abbot Innkeepers will not be meeting in November. Have a
Blessed Thanksgiving. The next meeting will be Thursday, December
4th at 7:00 PM in the Abbey.
THIS YEAR CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
INDOORS AND OUTDOORS
The Pastoral Council of St. William the Abbot invites you to display your Christmas spirit not just
with Santa Claus, elves, and reindeers on the lawn, but with outdoor Nativity Scenes. Even in a largely Christian neighborhood like Seaford, fewer and fewer people decorate their lawns with figures that might remind
the passer-by of the real meaning of Christmas. And so, this year we ask you to join in our own version of the
Keep Christ in Christmas campaign.
Your participation in this campaign will be recognized in the bulletin and/or on our website. Here are
the instructions:
Notify the rectory by December 7th by phone, email, or letter that you have an outdoor Nativity Scene
that you would like to enter in the campaign. If you do not already have an outdoor Nativity scene, they are
available at Costco, Harrow’s, Amazon.com, the Advent Church Goods store in Massapequa, and at many
other stores.
On Sunday, December 14th, members of the Council will visit those homes to take pictures of the outdoor displays and will leave a thank-you from the parish. Since this is a campaign and not a contest, there
will be no winners or losers. We will all win when we all remember why we celebrate Christmas.
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Sr. JoAnn Bonauro, SC, Celebrates 25 years of Religious Life
Last Saturday, November 15th, at a special Jubilee Mass, Sr. JoAnn renewed her vows as a Sister of Charity,
Halifax and celebrated this special occasion with family, friends, members of her community and parishioners.
The Mass was followed by a reception in School Auditoiurm with over 250 people
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Sign Up As A One-Time Usher for Christmas Masses
As many of you are aware, we are extremely low on Usher participation at many of our Masses. In order to
better prepare for the upcoming Christmas schedule, we are asking for volunteer Ushers for all of our Christmas Masses. These duties will consist of assisting parishioners with seating, taking the collection and distributing the bulletin at the end of the Mass. Below please find the Christmas Mass and location schedule:
Church: Wednesday, December 24th: 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 8:30 PM and Midnight
Thursday, December 25th: 7:45 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM
Abbey: Wednesday, December 24th: 4:00 PM
Auditorium: Wednesday, December 24th: 4:00 PM
A sign-up sheet has been placed in the Usher’s Closet in the church lobby for your convenience. Please see
any Usher should you have any questions and to locate the sign-up sheet for this one-time volunteer assignment.
As always, regularly assigned Ushers should also sign up for these Masses. Please contact Joe Missilli by
phone - 516-799-3327 or email - [email protected] if you have any questions.
Ushers Meeting
December 1, 2014
There will be an Ushers Meeting on December 1, 2014 from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in the New Meeting
Room located in the Rectory basement. Please email [email protected] or call 516-799-3327 to
confirm attendance. Please be prompt.
Usher Information - Please bring completed form to the meeting
Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Contact Info: Home Phone: ________________________________
Cell Phone: _______________________________
EMAIL Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________
Badge ID to read: __________________________________________________________________________________________
Mass Preference: __________________________________________________________________________________________
I have been an Usher since: _______________________________________________________________________________
I have completed and submitted to the Rectory the Background Screening Release and Volunteer Code
of Conduct forms (please check): _________ Yes
__________No
I have taken the VIRTUS Training (Please check): __________Yes
__________No
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The Elijah Cup Ministry - Praying for Vocations!
All individuals and families of St. William the Abbot Parish are invited to receive the
Elijah Cup Chalice at a Sunday Mass, and take it to your home. We ask you to pray the
one important prayer for vocations each day, included with the Chalice. Please participate in this important ministry. It’s a special honor to host!
For information, or to reserve a week to host the Cup, please contact Elijah Cup Ministry member Pat Goldberg at 516-781-1174. (Consider special calendar dates in the New
Year). You will be reminded and directed with all the details. Your participation and prayer is a
special blessing. Thank you!
Offering Envelope Request Form
Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do for the growth of our parish as together we work as
“One Family in Christ” for the Kingdom of God. We encourage those who would like to support St. William’s
Parish using the weekly envelopes for their contributions to complete this form and return it in the collection
basket or bring it to the rectory. I would like to help support St. William’s Parish. Please send a set of Sunday
Offering Envelopes to:
Name___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Town__________________________________________________State______________________________ Zip________________
Bishop William Murphy’s
50th Anniversary of
Priestly Ordination
The Diocese of Rockville Centre Celebrates the
50th Anniversary Of Priestly Ordination of
Bishop William Murphy
Sunday, November 30, 2014
12:30 PM Mass
Cathedral of Saint Agnes
Rockville Centre, New York
His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be
the homilist.
All are invited to come and join Bishop Murphy
in this Liturgy of Thanksgiving.
National Night of
Prayer for Life
December 8, 2014
7:30 - 9:00 PM
in SWA Church
It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception that Our
Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of
the Americas and the Unborn,
first appeared to St. Juan Diego.
This year, we ask Our Blessed Mother to re-establish
a Culture of Life, return American to being One Nation Under God, restore Religious Liberty and make
us worthy of Christ’s Peace. All are invited.
We will be united in Churches across the country in
prayer to end abortion, and to restore God’s blessings
of Life, Liberty, Faith, and His Peace in America and
from here, the entire world.
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Let us pray in a special way for those who are
serving our country in the Armed Forces who are
parishioners or family members (sons, daughters,
and spouses) of our parishioners:
Airman Michael Alba, USAF
1st Sgt. Craig Bianco, Armed Forces
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Brendel,
US Army
1st Lt. Michael DiPietro
HN Sean Farrell, Marine Division 1
1st Lt. Matthew Fernandez HHC-2
Col. Pete Ferraro, USMC
Lt. Joseph E. Fitzgerald, US Navy
Captain Michael Fitzgerald, US
Army
2nd Lt. Christopher J. Frasse,
US Army
US Army Spec. Michael Gale
LCPL Christopher Henao,
Marine Div.
US Army Spec John Michael James
Pvt. 1st Class Brian Kirby
Private Patrick Lynch, US Army
Capt. Eamon G. McArdle
Pvt. 2nd Class
2nd Lt. Caitlin McArdle, US Army
Corporal Sean McNulty, USMC
Lt. Shannon Meyer,
US Navy Nurse Corps
Commander Daniel Montgomery
Lance Corp. Conor Murphy, USMC
2nd Lt. Mary Theresa O’Donnell,
US Army
Pvt. Christopher Nee, US Army
S.A. Gregory J. O’Neill, FBI
Lance Corp. Joseph J. Pirro, USMC
PFC Dominick Pititto
Private 2nd Class Donald Rogers,
US Army
Private 1st Class Christopher Rossi
Capt. Thomas F. Shields, US Air
Force
Daniel Timpanaro, US Coast Guard
Matthew Timpanaro, US Marines
Major Curtis Unger
Captain Christopher James Ustler,
US Army
Lt. Jg. Katherine Ustler,
US Coast Guard
Lance Corp. Robert Vitale, USMC
Brendan Wemssen, US Coast Guard
Airman John Zimmerman, ISAE
Christmas Flowers
It has been the tradition of St. William’s for parishioners
to contribute toward the purchase of our beautiful
Christmas flowers and decorations. Envelopes are available in the Church and Rectory for this purpose. You
may place your contribution in the envelope and put the
envelope in the collection basket or drop it off at the Rectory. Thanks
to your generosity, our Church is transformed every year on Christmas
Day.
Birthright
Pregnant and
Distressed?
Birthright Can Help
516-785-4070
Bingo
Bingo is played every Saturday in
St. William the Abbot School
Cafeteria. Doors open at 6:00
PM and games start at 7:00 PM.
Gift Box Sales
Sales for the 2015 Gift Box
Raffle have begun. Winners
will be drawn every day
throughout 2015. Prizes are
$50 per day and up to $500 on
holidays. Gift Boxes are $25
each, buy 4 get 1 free. They
make great holiday gifts.
Gift Box Raffle entries can be
purchased at the doors of the
Church after Mass and in the
Rectory until Christmas. The
winners are published in the
bulletin weekly.
Gift Box Drawing
11/15/14 $50
11/16/14 $50
11/17/14 $50
11th Annual Seaford Wellness
Hot Chocolate 5K Run/Walk
Proceeds benefit Seaford Community Youth, Education, Environmental and Beautification Programs. 9:00 AM - Saturday, December 6, 2014. Start and Finish at Seaford High School. For
more information, please contact Mike DiSilvio at 516-384-8536, or
visit the website: www.seafordwellness.com/HotChocolateRun.html
11/18/14 $50
11/19/14 $50
11/20/14 $50
11/21/14 $50
Carney Family,
Seaford
Marchese Family,
Levittown
Keegan,
Copiague
Jeanette O’Meara,
Farmingdale
Miller Family,
Massapequa
Felix Defendini,
Seaford
Rosalie Sidoti,
Seaford
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Parish Directory
Parish Office -2000 Jackson Avenue – Seaford, NY 11783
Mrs. Sue McCormick, Office Manager
Mrs. Judy Goldman, Business Manager
Mrs. Susan Valdez-Le Goff and Mrs. Catherine Federici, Parish Receptionists
Parish Office: 516-785-1266
Parish Fax: 516 785-4824
Saint William the Abbot School – A Middle States Accredited School
2001 Jackson Avenue
School Office: 516-785-6784
School Fax : 516- 785-2752
Mrs. Margaret Grimaldi, School Principal
Web Page: www. stwilliamtheabbot.net
Email address: [email protected]
Faith Formation
(School Building - 2001 Jackson Avenue)
Mrs. Laura Walsh, Director Grades K - 5
Sr. JoAnn Bonauro, S.C., Director Grades 6 - 8
Bill D’Alessio, Coordinator, Confirmation Program
Religious Education Office: 516-679-9558
Web Page: www.swafaithformation.org
Fax: 516-679-1649
Email address: [email protected]
Music Ministries
(Convent Center - 2020 Jackson Avenue)
Mr. Alfred Allongo, Director of Music and Organist
Matthew Georgetti, Assistant Director
Mrs. Louise Sewall, Folk Group Director
Music Ministry Office: 516-781-3253
Fax: 516- 679-1083
Email: [email protected]
Parish Social Ministry
Mrs. Rosemary Graziano, Director
(Convent Center - 2020 Jackson Avenue)
Office: 516-679-8532
Fax: 516- 679-1083
Email: [email protected]
Parish Grounds and Maintenance
Mr. Joe Mormon, Head of Maintenance
Pastoral Council
Parish Representatives
Mrs. Maggie Bobby -- Mr. Bill D’Alessio -- Mr. Steve DeCillis -- Mrs. Catherine DuPlessis
Mr. George Gilmartin -- Mr. Richard Hass -- Mr. Joseph P. Missilli -- Mrs. Susan Neubauer
Mrs. Nancy Schleyer -- Mr. Thomas Ward --
Parish Trustees
Mr. Edward Lettieri
--
Mr. Robert Gerhard
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