Roman Catholic Church of Saint Aidan 505 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, New York 11596 516-746-6585 516-746-6055 (Fax) The Salvation of Souls is the Supreme Law Mission Statement Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1, 2015 Save me in your merciful love, Lord! We, the parish family of the Church of Saint Aidan, strengthened by the Eucharist and encouraged by the Word of God, welcome all, for we recognize that everyone is a child of God and no one should be excluded. Guided by the Holy Spirit through prayer, we strive as one to build the Body of Christ. We commit ourselves to nurturing life-long faith formation, fostering lay leadership, promoting social justice, engaging our youth in every aspect of parish life, and offering care and compassionate service to all. We invite everyone to walk with Jesus and experience His healing power and love. The Pastoral Staff Rev. Msgr. James M. McDonald, Pastor - ext. 9108 Rev. Kevin Dillon, Associate Pastor - ext. 9105 Rev. Michael Edathil, Associate Pastor - ext. 9106 Rev. Damian Halligan, SJ In Residence Deacon Salvatore B. Villani - ext. 9558 Deacon Francis J. Love - ext. 9557 Deacon Rudy Martin - ext. 9412 Mr. Drago Bubalo, DMA (cand). Music Director ext. 9130 E-mail address [email protected] St. Aidan School (Grades Nursery-3. ext. 9202, 9203) (Grades 4-8, ext. 9302, 9303) Ms. Eileen P. Oliver, Principal Ms. Jo-Anne Rowan, Assistant Principal Faith Formation and Spirituality - ext. 9404, 9405 Mr. James F. Corrigan, Director of Faith Formation ext. 9401 Mrs. Elaine Smith, Director of Special Needs ext. 9406 Parish Social Ministry - ext. 9408 Ms. Rosemarie Cavallaro, Director - ext. 9410 Youth Ministry Mr. Stephen Loewenthal, Coordinator - ext. 9403 [email protected] Pastoral Council - ext. 9592 Members: Toti Conforti, Cathy Frischmann, Brendan Hickey, Larry McGovern, Bonnie Parente, Erin Flynn, Mary Ellen Testa and Suellen Peterson Buildings & Grounds Department—ext. 9122 Liturgy of the Eucharist Saturday Morning 9:00 AM Saturday Evening 5:00 and 7:30 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, *10:30 AM, 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM *Liturgy of the Word for Children Daily: 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:30 & 5:30 PM Monday thru Friday Morning Prayer 8:40 AM Monday thru Saturday Baptism Baptism of Children: Each month on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday at 1:30 PM ceremony. Required: Parents’ class on the 2nd Sunday of each month beginning with the 12:00 Mass. For baptismal information, contact the Rectory office ext. 9101 Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. BAPTISM CLASS FOR NEW PARENTS The required Baptism class for new parents is held the second Sunday of each month beginning with the 12:00 Mass parents are asked to gather at St. Joseph’s statue to the right of the main altar. Penance/Reconciliation The Sacrament of Penance is celebrated every Saturday from 12:30-1:30 PM and 4:00-5:00 PM in our church or by appointment. Marriage Arrangements are to be made at the Rectory office at least 9 months in advance. Pre-Cana and FOCCUS registrations must be arranged through the parish. Anointing of the Sick & Communion of the Sick The anointing of the sick takes place after the 12:00 PM Mass on the 4th Sunday of each month. Anyone who is homebound may receive Holy Communion at home on a regular basis. Eucharistic ministers assist the priests in this ministry. Please call the rectory ext. 9101. Adoration First and third Fridays of the month 12:45-3:00 PM in the Church. 12:30-1:30 PM on Saturdays in the church. FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME MASSES AND SERVICES FOR THE WEEK MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 The Presentation of the Lord Mal 3: 1-4; Heb 2: 14-18; Lk 2: 22-40 6:30 AM Helen Bingham 7:30 AM Lv. & Dcd. Mbrs. of Laughlin & O’Toole Families 9:00 AM Peter Cacioppo 12:30 PM Ellwood R. Jansen, Jr. 5:30 PM Nora Brennan (Birthday Rem.) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015 St. Blaise, Bishop/Martyr St. Ansgar, Bishop Heb 12: 1-4; Mk 5: 21-43 6:30 AM Peter O’Hara (Birthday Rem.) 7:30 AM Patricia Corkhill Starr 9:00 AM Charles Vitale 10:00 AM Funeral-Edward Leonard 11:15 PM Funeral Eugene M. Dunne 12:30 PM Anne Eckhoff 5:30 PM Francesco & Crocifisa and Josephine & Robert Koslosky WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015 Weekday Heb 12: 4-7, 11-15; Mk 6: 1-6 6:30 AM Belen Navarro (Birthday Rem.) 7:30 AM Patricia Corkhill Starr 9:00 AM Margie Mayoral 12:30 PM Manyika Perkins 5:30 PM Steven Daniel Clancy (Birthday Rem.) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015 St. Agatha, Virgin/Martyr Heb 12: 18-19, 21-24; Mk 6: 7-13 6:30 AM Joanne Kempton 7:30 AM Al Zelanis 9:00 AM Virtrudes Samson (1st Anniversary Rem.) 12:30 PM Catherine McKessy (15th Anniversary Rem.) 5:30 PM Charles Schnall FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs Heb 13: 1-8; Mk 6: 14-29 6:30 AM Helen Gilligan 7:30 AM Sophie Peplowski 9:00 AM ** Thomas Freeman 12:30 PM Ricardo Rayos 5:30 PM Thomas Reilly SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015 Weekday Heb 13: 15-17; 20-21; Mk 6: 30-34 9:00 AM Helen McDowell 12:30-1:30 PM Confession & Eucharistic Adoration 5:00 PM Patrick Fitzgerald Francis X. Murphy (Birthday Rem.) Danny Kopetic 7:30 PM Joseph & Mary Nichols **School Mass MASSES AND SERVICES FOR THE WEEK (continued) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jb 7: 1-4, 6-7; 1 Cor 9: 16-19, 22-23; Mk 1: 29-39 7:30 AM Eleanor Golis 9:00 AM Patricia Welsh 10:30 AM Parishioners of St. Aidan 12:00 PM Michael Jakoby Birthday Rem.) Msgr. Robert Kirwin Cecilia Callahan-Dannenberg Olivia Rosario (Birthday Rem.) 5:00 PM Emma Lang (30th Anniversary Rem.) FEAST OF ST. BLAISE Tuesday, February 3rd is the feast of St. Blaise. Blessing of throats will take place at all Masses on that day. SAVE THE DATE Our St. Aidan’s Bethany Retreat will be held, March 13th and 14th. Mark your calendars and watch the bulletin for registration in February. BREAD & WINE MEMORIAL In Loving Memory of STEVEN DANIEL CLANCY Birthday Remembrance Requested by His Family PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK & DECEASED SICK: Christine Schifaudo, Christine Lucivero, Cecilia Han, Geraldo Peixoto, Kimberly Holmes, Father Brian Dalton, Stacy Test, Owen Hogan, Roseanne Mushorn, John Moore, Rita Amendola, Diana Coscia, Carol White, Joseph Fitzgerald, Virginia Fallon, Barney Rinaldi, Joan Fleck, Ava Victoria La Bianca, Scott Smith DECEASED: Erminia Rosario, Bernice Di Re, Edward Leonard, Josephine C. Kessler Eugene M. Dunne and for all those who have died serving our country. February 1, 2015 THE FRONT PAGE OF LAST SUNDAY’S NEW YORK TIMES Those of you who read this column with any regularity know by now that one of the topics that I go back to over and over again is marriage and the family and the problems of the family. One of the real hot button issues in the Catholic Church today is divorce and remarriage. This is caused not only because of the large number of divorces (although they are decreasing in number) but because of the recent meeting in Rome on marriage and the family. Although it was not the only subject discussed the topic that came up with the most media attention was the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. A number of cardinals and bishops suggested that the present pastoral practice of not allowing those who are divorced and remarried without a Church annulment to receive Holy Communion should be rethought. Please note that Catholics who are divorced and not remarried and are not in any state of serious sin may and should receive Communion. This past Sunday right on the front page of the New York Times there was a huge article on this precise subject. I think it is fair to say that the Times take was that the Vatican wants to keep to the traditional teaching while hurting Catholics want a change. Let me add right here that there should be endless amounts of concern and care for divorced people whether they are remarried or not. They have suffered and are objects of the love of Christ’s Heart. Many of the divorced and remarried have come to the conclusion that the Church is being rigid, unkind and unfair in telling them they must abstain from Holy Communion. Others have simply given up on the Church altogether. This is very sad. It is true that the possibility of obtaining a Church annulment is there and is much easier than is imagined. You also know that here at St. Aidan the policy is that there will be no charge if the annulment fee constitutes a hardship. The Diocese has a similar policy to guarantee that no one is denied an annulment simply because of finances. That would be unfair and unjust. Nevertheless, any number of people has a genuine fear that the whole process of annulment is cumbersome and unpleasant—and for them it seems to be virtually impossible. So, sadly enough, they avoid the whole thing. Some pay scant attention to Church teaching and receive the sacraments anyway. Others live in sadness at being separated from the Eucharist. All this is very unfortunate. In the midst of all this certain things should be kept in mind: Valid sacramental marriages are indissoluble. That simply means that such marriages are incapable of being dissolved by any earthly power. Christ Himself said: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Mark 10:9) Non-sacramental marriages (those in which at least one of the parties is not baptized) may be dissolved. Annulments may be sought by an appeal to a Diocesan Tribunal. The best and simplest way to initiate this is contact your parish priest. He will tell you what you need to know. I have been acting as an advocate for decades and will gladly help anyone. There are difficult cases where it may be difficult to prove the nullity of a marriage. In such instances, one should consult a parish priest. While many people like to discuss all these things and give their opinion, I urge anybody who has any question about marriage or annulment or reception of the sacraments to discuss such matters with a priest. Do not base your spiritual life on misinformation given by well meaning people whose training in sacramental theology and canon law is little or nothing. I cannot emphasize enough how willing I am to help you in these pastoral situations. You only have to drop in for a chat. In Jesus and Mary, Monsignor James M. McDonald Moses told the people, “A prophet like me will be Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen.” God still provides among His people the gifts and talents necessary to continue the work of His Church. What gifts are yours to share? STEWARDSHIP 01/26/14 $25,249 01/25/15 $24,212 (-4.11%) ST. AIDAN SCHOOL COLLECTION 01/26/14 $ 9,352 01/25/15 $11,006 (+17.69) Thank you for your kind and generous support of our parish. ASH WEDNESDAY SIGN-UP The sign-up sheet for Ash Wednesday will be in the sacristy. We need plenty of help for communion and ashes, so if you are available that day, it would be appreciated. Cathy Frischmann We have received the following communication from the Diocese of Rockville Centre about the upcoming Synod of Bishops which will be held later this year. Input is welcomed and precise instructions are given how your comments may be relayed to the Bishops. You are cordially encouraged to express your thoughts. Hard copies of the document can be obtained in the Rectory office. Dear Father, As you know, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops was held in October 2014 with the theme: “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” This Extraordinary Synod will be followed by the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 4-25, 2015 with the theme: “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” The final document from of the Extraordinary Synod, the Relatio Synodi, is the preparatory document or “Lineamenta” of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly. As is customary in the synod process, His Eminence, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops invites consultation on this topic to help with its preparation. Contained within this Preparatory Document which was issued by the Holy See to begin this process is a series of questions. This document can be found at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20141209_lineamenta-xivassembly_en.html. It is also available by clicking on the “Synod of Bishops” icon on the index page of our diocesan website – drvc.org. Bishop Murphy is welcoming responses to these questions from you his brother priests, and from the faithful of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. While these questions are attached to this email, you are invited to read the entire document before responding. Please consider sharing this information with your parishioners. If you/parishioners wish to respond to any or all of the questions, please be mindful of the following guidelines: Only E-mail responses sent to [email protected] will be accepted. Only E-mail responses that include the respondent’s name and parish will be accepted. Responses will be accepted in the languages the Lineamenta is available in from the Vatican – that is: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese. Thank you in advance for not sending faxes, mailed, printed or handwritten documents. They will not be accepted. The questions to address upon reflection are those found in the Preparatory Document and may be found on the Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20141209_lineamentaxiv-assembly_en.html When responding, specific reference must be given to the question number. So, for instance, if one is responding to question 3 in the Preparatory Document, that fact should be clearly indicated in the response. All responses must be received by March 13, 2015. If you have any questions, I would be glad to assist. Thank you, Sean Sean P. Dolan Director of Communications Diocese of Rockville Centre 50 North Park Avenue Rockville Centre, NY 11571 Phone: 516-678-5800, ext. 625 Fax: 516-594-0984 E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.drvc.org A Study Program for Lent 2015 On February 19, 2015 we will start a Bible study course for adults and mature teen faith formation, presented in six sessions. This new program will answer the questions, “What is the New Evangelization?”, “Why is it worthwhile?” and “How does one do it?” Today, we need a new passion for the mission of offering friendship with Jesus Christ to others. We need new expressions and methods to reach out to an increasingly secular culture, especially in the West. Secularism tries to push God out of the public square and deny his existence. We are called to spread Christ’s love universally. The New Evangelization Formation Program is a wonderful way of learning to do “little things with great love” and to give testimony to Christ by our everyday lives. We will start February 19th-mornings at 10:00 AM and evenings at 7:30 PM in the Convent. Please register by calling Toti Conforti at (516) 385-8963 or email: [email protected] EXERCISE PROGRAM Margo Bores will be holding an Exercise Program which will be held at the Williston Park Village Hall beginning Monday, February 2nd. Classes will be held every Monday and Thursday at 9:45 AM. There will be no class on Thursday, February 19th. Classes will run until the end of May. Exercises are approved by the Arthritis Foundation. Come join the fun and be healthy! GIRL SCOUT COOKIES Girl Scouts from troop #1151 will be selling Girl Scout cookies outside of church this Sunday, February 1st from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. Please take home a box of cookies for your family and support the girls in their fundraising efforts. CATHOLICS FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION “You are the light of the world. … let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Words Matter!-Religious freedom watchdog groups are concerned that elected officials are changing terminology. They often refer to America's "freedom of worship" rather than the comprehensive term, "freedom of religion". “Freedom of Religion”, our first and most fundamental God-given right, guarantees all Americans the freedom to practice our religion in the public square, and to live out our conscientiously held beliefs. “Freedom of Worship”, however, means the right to pray within the confines of a place or designated building of worship or to privately believe. It also excludes the right to practice our faith in families and communities as well as our education, charitable and healing missions. Mission Statement-So that First Amendment Religious Freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. “Catholics For Freedom of Religion” provides resources to assist laity to educate and advocate on a nonpartisan basis for First Amendment Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how quickly it can be lost. (www.cffor.org) “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:37-40 Upcoming events: The next CFFR meeting will be held 3/18/15. SPIRITUALITY FOR SINGLES The monthly Singles Gathering will be held Saturday, February 7th at 8:30 PM, after the 7:30PM Mass in the upper school cafeteria. Our monthly gathering for singles includes discussion, meditation, socialization. This Gathering will feature a guest performance by Reason 4:13. Ages 35+. $5.00 donation - snacks, pizza and beverages will be served. Contact: Ray (516) 561-6994 or [email protected] INCOME TAX DONATION LETTER If you need an income tax statement for your 2014 Stewardship donations to the parish, please call the Rectory office at (516) 746-6585 x9101 or send in or drop the tear-off into the collection basket and a statement will be sent out in the mail. Name_____________________ Telephone #__________________________ (as it appears on your envelopes) Address______________________________________________________ Envelope Number # (if you know it-not necessary) BOY SCOUT SUNDAY February 8th - 10:30 AM Mass GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY March 8th - 10:30 AM Mass A Scout Is Reverent All Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to celebrate Scout Sunday by wearing their Class A uniform to the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, February 8th. Girl Scouts are invited to celebrate Scout Sunday by wearing their Vests and Sashes to the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, March 8th. For each of these masses, scouts will process in and sit with their troops in the reserved front rows. Information about purchasing the 2015 Scout Sunday patches will be provided when available from the Diocese. Any questions, please contact Bonnie Parente at [email protected] ST. AIDAN ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY St. Aidan Rosary Altar Society will be gathering for our first meeting of 2015. We’re back –our February meeting will be on Monday, February 2nd. The doors will open at 7:30 PM. Dr. Anthony Belo, who specializes in Physical Therapy, will be speaking about Balance Training. All are welcome. SAVE THE DATES: St. Aidan Rosary Altar Society will be hosting a Day of Recollection on Thursday, February 19, 2015 between 9:00 AM—2:00 PM in St.Aidan’s Convent. The cost of $15 will include coffee, tea and lunch. The Jesuit Collaborative (Father Damian Halligan and Pat McDonough) will help us begin our Lenten journey. Seating is limited so hold your place and sign up at the February 2nd meeting. St. Aidan Rosary Altar Society will be hosting its Annual ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE on Saturday, March 7th. Think about getting a table together! Ask relatives, friends and neighbors to come and Wear the Green! Tickets ($35 per person) will be on sale at the February 2nd meeting. Watch the bulletin for more information. THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAS The monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:30 PM in Monsignor Kirwin Hall. We will be having a “Baby Shower” for Providence House, a home for moms and their babies run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Any of the following items would be greatly appreciated: diapers, wipes, bottles, bibs, pacifiers, blankets, new clothing from three months to two years. Contact Erin Flynn at [email protected] with any questions. CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS COURT ST. AIDAN NO.1577 2015 NATIONAL EDUCATION CONTEST Themes: Choose only one: “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF” OR “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR” Prizes: First place: $50 Second place: $30 Third place: $20 POETRY: No more than 8 lines—ESSAY: No more than 500 words Division 1: Grades 4-5 Division 2: Grades 6-7-8 Deadline: February 13, 2015 IMPORTANT: Please list your name, address, telephone number, school and grade on BACK of your work. Please deliver entries to Contest Chairperson: Erin Flynn 9 Astor Place Williston Park, NY 11596-1705 BEREAVEMENT GROUP SPRING 2015 COPING WITH GRIEF: A DIFFICULT BUT IMPORTANT JOURNEY When a loved one dies, a period of grief usually follows. It is almost impossible for humans to experience loss without feeling some kind of grief. Grief can be painful, confusing and overwhelming. To share with others who are experiencing what you are experiencing can be supportive and healing. A Bereavement Group for people whose loved one has died (parent, spouse, sibling, or friend) will be held in the Peter & Paul Room of the Finamore Parish Center by trained Bereavement Facilitators will meeting: Tuesdays, 9:45 AM, March 24th, 31st , April 7th , 14th, 21st & 28th Thursday, 7:30 PM, March 26th, April 9th, 16th, 23rd , 30th & May 7th (no meeting on Holy Thursday, April 2nd) Please call the Parish Social Ministry Office at (516) 746-6585 x9408 to register. “The only feelings that do not heal are the ones you hide.” Henri Nouwen St. Aidan Holy Name Society Presents Saturday, February 7, 2015 Msgr. Kirwin Hall Doors Open at 6:30 PM First Race at 7:45 PM $25 Admission gets you: Exciting Races ● Dinner ● Beer/Wine ● 50/50 & More Ladies — Wear your best hat for a chance to win a fabulous bottle of fizz! For Tickets Call: For tickets please call: Colin Dorney (516) 746.3987 Ron Saporita (516) 746-4615 Jimmy Smith (516) 385-8159 All Proceeds to Benefit St. Aidan School Scholarship Fund. Tickets will be sold outside of church this weekend after all Masses. LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC MEDIA This last week I was reading again the “Joy of the Gospel” (the book we received at Christmas), since it is so inspiring it needs to be repeated. I keep reading Chapter Four and found that it helps me to see my Faith in a new way. Our Father loves all of us with an infinite love; bestow upon us an infinite dignity. The Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, assumed our human flesh, then every human person is assumed into the very heart of God. Jesus shed his blood for all of us; redeemed us in His love of all human beings. God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person but the entire relationship existing between all of us. Our Lord gave us the Holy Spirit who is at work in all of us and helps us in every situation and with His infinite divine mind, connects the wisdom of God to our daily lives. If we reflect on all these points, the very mystery of the Trinity reminds us that we are created in the image of that divine communion, accepting God’s love and loving Him in return with the gift of love received from the Father, brings to us the very fundamental desire: to make known to all men and women the Gospel, for the Father “desires the salvation of every man and woman, and His saving plan consists in gathering up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Eph 1:10). How can this be accomplished? If we realize that our sisters and brothers are the extension of the incarnation for each of us, then we will find the work of Evangelization a primary and fundamental response to God’s desires! This month our Parish will start a Study Program: “The New Evangelization” which will tell what is the New Evangelization, Why is it worthwhile? How does one do it? I encourage you to register for it, it is only six weeks and it is so important to reach out to our secular culture that tries to deny God’s existence! You can read about this program in this weekend’s bulletin. Try to register now! The CDs that are in our kiosks also are answers to Christ’s call to Evangelization as for instance: “Evangelizing Catholics” and “How to Bring Fallen-away Catholics Back to the Church” by Dr. Scott Hahn, “Seven Reasons to be Catholic” by Dr. Peter Kreeft, “Finding the Fullness of Faith” by Stephens Ray. There are many others; look and find the CDs which will make you understand and defend our Faith! After you listen to them pass them on, pray to the Holy Spirit to show you the one person most in need of these teachings. God will bless your efforts! Toti Conforti FEBRUARY February 8th – Meeting February 22nd – Meeting MARCH March 1st – Meeting March 8th – Meeting March 15th – Meeting March 29th – Meeting MAY May 3 – Meeting May 17th- Meeting May 31st – Meeting rd APRIL April 12th – Meeting April 19th – Meeting JUNE June 7th – Meeting To be determined events: Volunteer Work, Movie Nights, Bowling Nights, White Water Rafting and other trips. February 8th March 8th March 15th April 2nd April 19th May 2nd May 3rd June 9th JCDA Sunday, 10:30 AM Mass-Meeting 11:45 AM-12:45 PM St. Francis Room in Finamore Parish Center Meeting 1:00-2:00 PM Convent 10:30 AM Mass Mother/Daughter Brunch-Lucky Duck-12:00-4:00 PM Holy Thursday Egg Coloring 2:00-4:00 PM Birthright/Mommas House Collection 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Meeting 12:15-1:15 PM St. Francis Room Pick-up plants-Flynn House (9 Astor Place, Williston Park) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Bake Sale 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Convent-12:30-1:30 PM Elections JCDA Board Installation and new membership Mass 7:00 PM Reception immediately after Mass. Program Information (**PLEASE KEEP THIS PORTION**) -7 week Dance Program is open to girls in Nursery through 7th grade. -Cost: $95 for 7 week session, includes t-shirt, classes and recital Checks can be made out to Church of Saint Aidan 505 Willis Avenue Williston Park, NY 11596 *Payment/Registration form can either be dropped off at the Rectory or mailed to the address above. *Note: MUST be at least 3 years old by November 30, 2014 and must be fully potty-trained in order to participate. -Girls should wear fitted clothing -Classes begin on February 7, 2015 -Classes held on Mondays & Saturdays -Recital Date: TBA -Classes begin & end with prayer -Taught by experienced dance instructors - Faith filled, fun, stress-free environment, where your daughter will learn dance technique & dedication! -Girls can wear either sneakers or dance shoes (Dance shoes are strongly encouraged). -Classes are held in the Convent Class Schedule Monday: 5:30-6:30 Nursery, Pre-K, K Ballet 6:30-7:30 4th-7th Jazz/Hip Hop Saturday: 8:30-9:30 Nursery, Pre-K, K Tap 9:30-10:30 Nursery, Pre-K, K Jazz/Hip Hop 10:30-11:30 1st-3rd Jazz/Hip Hop 11:30-12:30 1st-4th Cheer 12:30-1:30 4th-7th Lyrical Saint Aidan Dance Academy 2 & 3 Year Old Program & 18 month-24 month Program -30 minute session each Saturday (not in recital) -2 and 3 year old program will be held from 8:45-9:15 AM. -The 18 month-24 month old program will be held from 10:4511:15 AM. -Both will be held in the Convent Community Room, 16 Pembroke Street. -Girls must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver -Cost: $50 for 7-week session, Checks can be made out to Church of Saint Aidan. -Includes t-shirt for girls only *Limited Spaces! Please register BEFORE the first day of class! -Come and stretch, sing songs and dance with your little one! **Classes begin on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Applications for all Dance Programs are available at the Rectory office. Please come in or call the Rectory. PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY As Pope Benedict XVI said in his Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, “Everything has its origin in God's love, everything is shaped by it, everything is directed towards it. Love is God's greatest gift to humanity; it is his promise and our hope.” ATTENTION VETERANS:MANGANO ANNOUNCES FREE VETERAN WORKSHOP Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency along with the Vietnam War Veterans Association Inc., Suffolk Independent Living Organization, Green Homes Long Island and Chase Bank will be hosting a Free Veteran Workshop on Wednesday, February 11th at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Freeport Recreation Center, Room 102, 130 E. Merrick Road in Freeport. The workshop is open to all veterans and will provide a great opportunity for veterans to meet with certified benefits counselors from the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency and several other organizations that are looking to help our heroes. “My administration is committed to providing a better life for our veterans,” said County Executive Mangano.” “Our Veterans Service Agency has helped to secure an unprecedented amount of benefits for our local heroes while also helping to provide workshops, putting together veteran stand downs, job fairs and military housing opportunities. I urge all veterans in Nassau County to touch base with our Nassau County Veterans Service Agency either at this workshop or at their office to make sure you are getting all of the benefits you are entitled to. If you serve you deserve!” For more information please contact Ralph Esposito, Director of the Nassau Veterans Service Agency at (516) 572-6565 or Bruce Burnham Director of Senior Programs for the Vietnam War Veterans Association Inc. (516) 771-4194. COMPANION/HOME HEALTH AIDES: If you are looking for work, please contact the parish social ministry office at (516) 746-6585 x9408. If you have experience as an aide, you can leave your name and telephone number with our office and we will contact you when the need arises. FOOD PANTRY: Our next monthly food drive will take place next weekend, February 7th /8th. If you wish to donate non-perishable food and personal hygiene items please bring them to the back of Church or across the street to the Parish Social Ministry Office. We also have a refrigerator for eggs, dairy products, sliced bread and a freezer for ground beef, chicken cutlets and frozen pizzas. PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Our Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 AM in the Peter and Paul Room of the Finamore Center to knit or crochet prayer shawls or lap blankets for our sick and homebound parishioners. New members are always welcome. You need not know how to knit or crochet. We have talented parishioners who can teach you. The next meeting will take place on Monday, February 9th . If you have some wool to donate to this ministry, please bring it to the Parish Social Ministry Office. Please call our office if you would like to receive a blessed prayer shawl or if you know of someone who would like one. If you have any questions, please call Parish Social Ministry (516) 746 -6585 x9410. “The only feelings that do not heal are the ones you hide.” Henri Nouwen PLEASE NOTE: The Parish Social Ministry Office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Please use the Finamore Parish Center entrance (across from the church on Willis Avenue). RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ATTENTION ALL VOLUNTEERS: Are you aware that the Diocese of Rockville Centre requires ANYONE IN ANY MINISTRY TO BE VIRTUS TRAINED AND HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK? A ministry includes Catechists, CYO Coaches, Ushers, Liturgical Ministers, and all parish organization members. Check the Virus Training Schedule and Register Online for a class being offered by several parishes at www.drvc.org. 1st COMMUNION PARENTS MEETING – There will be two meetings conducted for parents of children scheduled to receive 1st Communion this spring. The meetings will be held at 7:30 PM in Msgr. Kirwin Hall on Tuesday, February 3rd. and Monday, February 23rd . Each meeting covers the same material; parents are asked to make every effort to attend one of the meetings. Please plan to attend whichever meeting is convenient for you. TEACHER NEEDED – We are in need of a catechist to teach a student with special needs. If you are interested in this position, please contact our Director of Special Needs, Mrs. Elaine Smith at (516) 746 -6585 x9406. OFFICE HOURS – The Religious Education Office is open Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, the office is open Monday & Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. THE KNIGHT’S CORNER (Providing information from the Knights of Columbus) DID YOU KNOW? – A gathering of Special Olympics athletes on January 27th was animated by the presence of a Seattle Seahawks player and an NFL Hall of Famer who both experienced first-hand the joy of Special Olympics during a Superbowl week event. Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson joined the young athletes for a football skills clinic and flag football games sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Arizona Special Olympics and Catholic Athletes for Christ at Nozomi Park in Chandler, Arizona. Wilson was joined at the event by NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz considered by many to be the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the game. “The Knights of Columbus have been a partner with the Special Olympics from the very beginning in 1968, and we are pleased that we could help these young people share in the excitement of the big day here in Phoenix” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, “Special Olympics does great work for so many people, and that work and events like this serve as a powerful reminder of the dignity and value of every human being.” RELIGIOUS LIBERTY - The Knights of Columbus promotes a robust vision of religious liberty that embraces religion’s proper role in both its private and public dimensions. As both Catholics and Americans, we celebrate the essential relationship shared between religions and liberty, a relationship which has uniquely defended by our country’s identify and has fostered our country’s development. Every major achievement that has taken place within the American enterprise – the American Revolution, the abolition of slavery; the civil rights movement; reforms in education; labor and women’s rights – has been at the urging of religious people seeking a more just and humane society. In this light, the Knights of Columbus recognizes religious liberty as an indispensible condition for authentic human development. HALL RENTAL – Corpus Christi Council is available for parties BIG and SMALL. For information on hall rental call Tom at (516) 746-8643. PROMISE TO PROTECT-PLEDGE TO HEAL If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every arch/ diocese/eparchy in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to the arch/diocese/eparchy, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for your arch/diocese/eparchy is Mary McMahon, LCSW, Director at (516) 594-9036. DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE, Vocations Office-Third Fridays-Adoration & Dodgeball February 20th, March 20th, April 17th and May 15th. Each month, young people (13+) throughout the diocese will gather at St. Ignatius in Hicksville for prayer and fellowship. Following a period of Eucharistic adoration, there is a youth social with free food, sports and entertainment. May 15th will be at a location to be announced at a later date. PRO Retreat will be held November 14th-16th. Please join us for a PRO weekend retreat at the Seminary in Huntington. The PRO Retreat is a high school retreat for young men that are interested in growing in their faith. For information please call (516) 678-5800 x214 or email [email protected] WANTED: Catholic men to become a member of “The Sign of the Cross” Knights of Columbus Council. We are the “only” Deaf/Hearing Impaired K of C Council in the world. Hearing men are welcome also. We meet the first and third Monday of every month in Hicksville. For more information contact, John Passarella, Grand [email protected]@yahoo.co, or call (516) 997-8347. WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER-Married Couples! Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Gift? A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend just might be what you are looking for. The original and still the best communication weekend for the married couples. The next weekend on Long Island is scheduled for February 13th-15th at the Montfort Spiritual Center in Bay Shore, NY. Space is limited. For more information about the weekends or to apply call (877) 697-9963 or visit our website at: http://www.wwme.org. RAINBOWS FOR ALL GOD’S CHILDREN-Rainbows is a support group for children and young adolescents who have suffered a significant loss through death, divorce, separation or any other painful transition. Six sessions will begin on Sunday, February 22nd from 10:00 to 11:15 AM. A Parent’s Group is offered at the same time. For more information, please contact Notre Dame Social Ministry at (516) 3263403. AN EVENING OF CELTIC MUSIC– A Benefit for St. Anthony’s High School Celtic Friars Pipe Band featuring: Celtic Friar Pipe Band, Empire Pipe Band, The Bob Morris Irish Band, Inishfree School of Irish Dance, Irish Sing-along on February 28th 7:00 PM, St. Anthony’s HS Auditorium. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To reserve tickets mail your request to: Denise Creighton, Alumni Office, St. Anthony’s HS, 275 Wolf Hill Road, South Huntington, NY 11747. MOLLOY COLLEGE, Rockville Centre, NY-Come join Molloy College’s Irish Studies Institute in celebrating St. Brigid’s Day and the beginning of the Celtic Spring with a free Feast of Gaelic culture on Saturday, February 7th from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM in Wilbur Hall on the north side of Molloy’s Rockville Centre campus. Molloy’s new term of Irish Language & Gaelic Culture classes for adults and children will begin the following Saturday, February 14th. For more information contact Jerry Kelly at (516) 804-2968 or [email protected] and see www.irishtribes.com/molloy.html.
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