Mar. 08, 2015 - St. William the Abbot

Saint William
the Abbot Parish
Parish Office: (516) 785-1266
Fax: (516) 785-4824
Web Page:
Email: [email protected]
2000 Jackson Avenue – Seaford, New York 11783
Third Sunday
Of Lent
March 8, 2015
Rev. Robert L. Hayden
Associate Pastors
Rev. Belevendiram Rathinam
Rev. Ryszard Ficek
In Residence
Rev. Richard Viladesau
Thomas Buchenberger
John Lynch
Michael Metzdorff
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.
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
Monday - Friday: 8:00 & 9:00 AM
Saturday Mornings: 8:30 AM
In This Issue
Liturgy, Prayer
and Sacraments
Page 3
Parish Social Ministry
Page 4
Bereavement Ministry
Page 4
Faith Formation
Page 5
Family Lent Night
Page 5
School News
Page 6
SWAT 67 Teen Youth Group
Page 7
Irish Night in Celebration
Of St. Patrick’s Day Page 8
Lenten Soup Supper Page 9
Ushers Needed
Page 9
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Page 10
Antioch Retreat
Page 12
Page 16
Anyone reading the newspapers in recent months might wonder if
our century has decided to abandon ethics. Our attention has been drawn
not just to individuals such as Sheldon Silver, the former Speaker of the
Assembly of New York State now charged with corruption, but also to
whole sectors of our society, such as the insurance companies who
falsified engineering reports in order to avoid paying for repairs to homes
damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Unfortunately, I could use all the space of this column just listing
other familiar examples of fraud and corruption. I prefer, however, to
examine two possible causes for this decline in morality.
This discussion can be connected to our First Reading for this
Sunday in Lent. This passage gives us the Ten Commandments according
to the Book of Exodus. These commandments – the Decalogue – deserve
their fame because they stand at the head of the 613 precepts of the Law of
Moses, and they capture the spirit of the covenant that God made with
Israel on Mount Sinai. On that occasion God established a relationship
with the Israelites that required of them obedience to a specific code of
conduct as well as an attitude of fidelity and devotion to himself.
Accordingly, the Decalogue forbids certain actions, such as murder, theft,
stealing, and adultery, while also enjoining the people to love their God
with their whole mind, heart, and soul. In short, the Ten Commandments
are the starting point for a comprehensive moral code.
Throughout the centuries in our Judaeo-Christian culture it has
been religion that has brought a sense of ethics into our lives.
Unfortunately, as religion has receded into the background, so too has a
general sense of right and wrong. For example, the crimes and/or
unethical actions mentioned above clearly violated one or more of the
Commandments; but for many people cheating is wrong only if you get
caught, and the highest value is not personal integrity but personal
wealth. For such people the Beatitudes (e.g. “Blessed are the poor . . .
blessed are the meek”) are simply laughable.
My second cause for today’s moral crisis is that it is not just
revealed law that is being discarded. The concept of natural law has been
thrown out as well. The principles of individual freedom and privacy have
been raised to such a height that for many people there are no boundaries
to what is permitted other than what is clearly criminal, such as murder,
theft, and child abuse. Unfortunately, a society that has not internalized
an authentic comprehensive moral code will not be able to maintain even
minimal standards in a time of crisis. A recent example of this is the use of
torture by government agencies in the attempt to thwart terrorism. It can
easily be argued that such actions created more terrorists than they
stopped and weakened our moral voice as a nation.
Ours is certainly not the first century to suffer from corruption
and greed, but I do wonder if today we have the tools to fight against
these problems. If we do not see why injustice is wrong, why gross
economic inequality hurts everyone, why the common good is worth
pursuing even when it requires personal sacrifice, and why opinion can
never turn wrong into right, then we are indeed in grave danger as a
society. Perhaps the aspect of the Good News the world needs to hear at
this time is that there is, quite simply, a difference between right and
Fr. Robert L. Hayden
Presider Schedule
Saturday, March 14, 2015
5:00 PM Mass
Fr. Bala Rathinam
7:30 PM Mass
Fr. Ryszard Ficek
7:45 AM
9:15 AM
10:45 AM
12:15 PM
5:00 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Fr. Robert Hayden
Fr. Ryszard Ficek
Fr. Bala Rathinam
Fr. Ryszard Ficek
Fr. Robert Hayden
Prayers & Devotions
Morning Prayer
Monday through Friday:
8:35 AM
9:00 AM
Miraculous Medal:
Saturdays at 8:15 AM
Eucharistic Adoration:
Next Sunday’s Scripture
2 Chronicles 36:15-16, 19-23
Ephesians 2:4-`10
John 3:14-21
God has great mercy and deep love for us. Out of
this love, God sent his son, Jesus, to redeem us, by
his blood, offering us the hope of eternal life. Our
rescue from sin and death is sheer grace. This great
gift from God merits a response of gratitude and a
life of faith and good works.
Sign of Peace
Since hand to hand contact is one way of transmitting the flu and other viruses, as we enter the cold
and flu season, we once again recommend that at
the Sign of Peace you please exchange a greeting
other than a handshake. You can exchange the Sign
of Peace verbally and with a smile or a bow of the
Monday-Saturday after
8:30 AM/9:00 AM
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
March 9, 2015 - March 15, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
8:00 AM Kathleen Caccavale
9:00 AM Edward McVeigh
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
8:00 AM Helen Gerhard
9:00 AM Nicholas DiGiulig
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
8:00 AM Anne MeManus
9:00 AM William Brien Erb
Thursday, March 12, 2015
8:00 AM Lucille Sharp
9:00 AM Pasquale Serenita
Friday, March 13, 2015
8:00 AM Collective Intentions
Madeline Sharp, Henry Thoben,
Friday, March 13 continued...
Angelo Ambrosio, Rev. John
9:00 AM George Cain
Saturday, March 14, 2015
8:30 AM Purgatorial Society
5:00 PM Edward Duncklee
7:30 PM Salvatore Gerrato, Jr.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
7:45 AM Nocturnal Adoration
9:15 AM Martin Garvey
10:45 AM Jeannine & Thomas
12:15 PM People of St. William
5:00 PM Danny Lake
Reflecting on the Word
In the first reading and in the Gospel, we are presented with two of the fundamental institutions of the
religion of ancient Israel, the Torah and temple. The Torah, or Law, summed up in the Ten Commandments, was
the basic framework for the life of Israel; it gave shape to both their explicitly religious life - their duties toward
God - and their social, economic, and political life - their duties toward their neighbors. The temple in Jerusalem
was the central site of worship for the Israelites and was a place where the realm of creation opened up to the
realm of God, so that God might be present among the people and in the midst of creation.
In our Gospel reading, Jesus quite literally overturns all that. Many different interpretations can be given
to Jesus’ symbolic action in the temple, but at least part of its significance is that it announces that it is he, and
not the Torah, who will give shape to the life of God’s people; it is now in him, and not the temple, where God
and creation meet. As the Gospel of John puts it, Jesus’ body has become the new temple, the meeting place of
heaven and earth.
Of course, those who witnessed Jesus’ actions and heard his words did not really get this. As Paul says,
the wisdom of God often appears to us as foolishness and the power of God often appears to us to be weakness.
Part of what we seek in the season of Lent is to let God purify our hearts so that we can receive the wisdom and
power that will allow us to recognize Jesus as God present among us.
A Way of Life
February 28, 2015
March 2, 2014
We are grateful this week for all stewards in our parish
who make a conscious effort to simplify their lives by
reprioritizing and getting back to basics.
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
Park McKenna
Bob Powers
Patrick McGrath
Mary Ann Crean
John Kemitch
John Falvin
Rosalie Kirincic
...and for the deceased
William P. DeVito
Stations of the Cross
On the Fridays of Lent we are invited to enter into the Mystery of
God’s love in which he emptied
himself and gave his life on the cross so that we
might have new life. Stations of the Cross begin
at 7:00 PM in the Church on Friday, March 13th.
Banns of Marriage
Banns 1
Meaghan Coburn (SWA) & Christopher Liwosz (Baltimore, MD)
Banns II
Banns III
Ashley Asquino (SWA) & Patrick Mitchell (St. Cyril
& Methodius, Deer Park)
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:
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.
Next week, our parish
will take up the Catholic
Relief Services Collection. This Collection supports six Catholic agencies that touch more than
100 million lives around the world. The funds from
this collection help provide food to the hungry,
support to displaced refugees, and Christ’s love and
respect to all people.
How can you help? Next week, please give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection and
help Jesus in disguise.
Baby Shower in
Honor of Baby Jesus
The Baby Shower will benefit
Birthright, the Long Island Life
Center and several young
moms right here in our parish.
It will be held in the ABBEY
following all the Masses on
Sunday, March 8th until 2:00
Suggested items include
clothing - newborn to size 24
months, layette items, diapers - all sizes, and wipes.
Monetary donations are always welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
Any questions, please call
Mary at 516-826-7229 or Rosemary at 679-8532.
This week our pantry needs
Cannellini Beans
Crushed tomatoes
Clam Chowder
Small Olive Oil
Apple Sauce
Chick Peas
Parish Social Ministry
St. Vincent de Paul Society – In today’s Gospel Jesus is asked “What
sign can you show us?” Everyday we can see signs of how God has visited
us in the blessings of our lives. Let us be a sign of God’s love by being a
blessing to others. Is there a family you know who needs assistance?
Please call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that together we can be a
sign of God’s love to the suffering and poor. 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.
Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit – If you worked in 2014,
had children living with you and earned less than about $48,000 or did
not have children living with you and earned less than about $14,000 you
may qualify, speak with your tax preparer or call Parish Social Ministry
HEAP Benefits – Home Energy Assistance Program - HEAP Program is
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 1-800-342-3009 or or Rosemary
at Parish Social Ministry 679-8532.
Bereavement Ministry
When the words, “I’m sorry for your loss” have
ended, there is more to be done. The quality
and quantity of understanding support you get
during your work of mourning will have a major impact on your capacity to heal. Let us help
you on this journey. Trained, compassionate people will help you
through the emotions that you are experiencing with the loss of
your loved one.
Starting Wednesday, March 25th at either 11:00 AM or 7:00
PM, Bereavement sessions will be held in the Convent Meeting
Room. The evening group will meet for 7 weeks and the daytime
group will meet for 5 weeks. Both groups will participate in a
Mass of Remembrance on May 13th at 7:00 PM. For more information and registration, please call Parish Social Ministry at
679-8532 before March 18th. All registrants must have experienced their loss before January 1, 2015.
Faith Formation
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 and 2 PM – 4 PM.
The office is also open during class hours.
Holy Thursday
A Special Request
Please note Faith Formation Classes this week as follows:
Grade 1 – Monday, March 9th 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Grade 3 – Monday, March 9th 4:15 – 5:15 PM (makeup class)
Grade 4 – Tuesday, March 10th 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Grade 5 – Wednesday, March 11th 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Grade 6 – Wednesday, March 11th 5:45 – 7:00 PM
Grade 7 – Wednesday, March 11th 7:30 – 8:45 PM – “Special Prayer
Grade 2 – Thursday, March 12th 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Family Mass every Sunday at 9:15 AM in the Church.
We encourage all parents to check our website for important
Family Lent Night
The night before Jesus died He
performed an act of humble,
selfless loving service - He
washed the feet of His Apostles.
Why would our Lord perform
such a “lowly act?” He wanted
to show His Apostles that to be
His follower one had to be a
person of “humble service,” and
that means caring for and about
Each year at the Holy Thursday
Mass, the Celebrant does what
Jesus did - he washes the feet of
12 people. If you would like to
participate in this very prayerful part of our Liturgy, please
speak to Sister Joann or call the
Faith Formation Office (6799558).
The Prophets
Friday, March 20, 2015
In the Abbey - 6:30 PM
Learn About Lent and Holy Week
Craft and Refreshment to follow
Please RSVP by March 17, 2015
Call the Faith Formation Office 516-679-9558
Join Fr. Bob Hayden as he
speaks about the Prophets
of the Old Testament on
Monday, March 23rd and
April 13th at 7:30 PM in the
Large Rectory Basement
Meeting Room.
Saint William the Abbot School
(A Middle States Accredited School)
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, March 8, 2015
9:15 AM - Mass Grade 3
Wednesday continued...
7:30 PM - School Board Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2015
2:30 - 4:15 PM - Softball Tryouts
4:15 - 6:00 PM - Baseball Tryouts
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Diocesan Technology Day
Bingo Team 11
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
2:30 - 4:15 - Softball Tryouts
4:15 - 6:00 PM - Baseball Tryouts
Sunday, March 15, 2015
9:15 AM - Mass Grade 5 - Hospitality - School
6:00 - 9:00 PM - St. Patty’s Party
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
3:30 - 5:30 PM (if necessary)
Baseball Offsite
There will be 2 positions available on the School Board
The Board assists and advises the Pastor and Principal in matters relating to policies that govern the operation of
St. William's School. Carrying out of the policies, curriculum, and internal government remains the responsibility
of the Pastor, Principal, and Faculty.
The election will take place on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 after every Mass
** Ballots will be collected at the conclusion of each Mass in both the front and back vestibule areas**
If anyone is interested in serving on the School Board, please submit a short bio of yourself and a
photo no later than April 4, 2015 to Jill Lampasone ([email protected]) or forward through the
school office.
S.W.A.T. 67
St. William the Abbot Teen Youth Group Attention Parents and Students: Youth Group Information Meeting: Sunday March 8, 2015 Time: Immediately following the 5:00 PM Mass Location: Youth Group Room (located under the St. William’s gymnasium) All 6th and 7th grade students and parents are invited to join us for more information on activities and a full calendar of events. Hope to see you there, Billy Moulder Coordinator of Junior Youth Ministry 8
The Saint William the Abbot
Social Events Committee Sponsors
Featuring Fabulous Irish Entertainment!
Music - Sing-Along - Dancers - Bagpipes
Sunday Evening - March 15, 2015
Church Abbey, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
(Immediately following the 5:00 PM Mass)
Be Our Guest - No Fee to Attend!
We invite you to bring your own
Pre-sliced Irish Soda Bread to Share!
50/50 Raffle to be Held!
Door Prize
Complimentary Light Refreshments for All!
Lenten Soup Supper
Parish Social Ministry invites you and your family
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 6:00 PM in the Abbey
Soups are donated by local food establishments
A free-will donation will be appreciated.
Proceeds from the Supper will benefit a family in need from our parish
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me! Let the person come and drink who believes in me.” John 7:38
Abbot Seniors
All Senior Citizens are welcome!
Join us on Monday, March 9th,
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Meetings are held twice a month in the Abbey
(handicapped accessible)
Come together and make new friends!
Play Bingo, Holiday Parties - Enjoy Coffee & Cake
Just be together - for both Men and Women
Call Parish Social Ministry 679-8532
Envelopes for Easter
Flowers have been sent to parishioners who receive monthly
envelopes. These envelopes
provide an opportunity to remember loved ones this Easter
by providing Easter Flowers.
Please place the envelope in the
collection basket or bring it to
the Rectory.
One-Time Volunteer Ushers Needed for Easter Masses
As many of you may know, we are extremely low on Usher participation at many of our
Masses. In order to be better prepared for Easter we are asking for volunteer Ushers for
our Easter Masses. The duties consist of assisting parishioners with seating, taking the
collection and distributing the weekly bulletin at the end of Mass.
We will need assistance at the following Masses: Church: Saturday, April 4th - Easter
Vigil - 8:00 PM. Sunday, April 5th - 7:45 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM. Auditorium:
Sunday, April 5th - 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:45 PM.
A sign-up sheet has been placed in the Usher’s Closet in the lobby of the Church 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 our Easter Masses. Please contact
Joseph Missilli at [email protected] or by phone - 516-799-3327 if you have any questions.
Don’t Forget Your Baby Bottle!
This weekend, March 7th and 8th, St. William the Abbot will be hosting a Baby Bottle Fundraiser to benefit The Life Center of Long Island. The Life Center is a crisis pregnancy center
that counsels women and men who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Did you know
that they provide free pregnancy tests, maternity housing with eligibility requirements, medical care, referrals, cribs, car seats, diapers and ALL other baby items that are needed. We are
asking that you pick up a baby bottle and fill it with your spare change. Most importantly, we
are asking you to recite the prayer on the bottle.
The prayer attached to the bottle will enable the counselors at The Life Center to say just the right words a
mother or father may need to hear. It especially opens a mother’s heart to accept the truth. We believe these
prayers lead abortion-minded women to call The Life Center in the first place. Let us pray with our whole heart
for the lives of our unborn children.
Golden Wedding Anniversaries
This spring couples that have been married fifty years or more will be honored
at liturgies on Sunday, April 19 at the Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr in
Sayville and on Sunday, April 26 at the Church of Maria Regina in Seaford.
Both liturgies will begin at 2:30 PM. Couples may register for ONE liturgy.
Registration forms and complete instructions can be obtained at the Rectory.
Registration forms must be returned to St. William’s no later than March 31 for the April 19 liturgy and April 7 for the April 26 liturgy. There will be additional celebrations in the fall for
those who may find that more convenient.
If you have any questions, you may call 516-678-5800, ext. 207.
The Saint William the Abbot
Women's Spirituality Group Sponsors
Through the Eyes of Mary, Mother of God
The Stations will be Prayed and Reflected on
Through the Perspective of our Blessed Mother
Friday Evening, March 13, 2015
7:00 PM, Church
Following our Praying of the Stations, we will have a Reflection and Discussion on the
“Words of Mary” in Scripture
20th Annual Golf Outing - Monday, May 11th!!!!
Plans for our 20th Annual Golf Outing are underway! This year we will be playing
at the beautiful Rock Hill Golf Course. The date is set for Monday, May 11th. The
cost is $160/player. We will be playing a Scramble format. Tee-off time will be 1:00
PM. Each golfer’s reservation will include a BBQ lunch starting at 11:00 AM, greens
fees, electric golf cart, driving range and free gifts, along with a dinner with open
bar. All proceeds will benefit the youth of our parish.
Blood Pressure Screening Awareness
The Retired Nurses Group of St. William the Abbot are
offering complimentary Blood Pressure Screening on:
Thursday, March 12th in the Abbey from 9:30 AM 11:00 AM. It’s a good idea to be aware of your blood pressure, an important step toward maintaining good health. Any questions, call Parish Social Ministry - 679-8532.
Baptism Policy
Baptisms are celebrated at St. William the Abbot on the
first four Sundays of most months at 2:00 PM. To set a
date for your child’s Baptism, please call the rectory to
make an appointment with one of the members of the
Pastoral Staff. Do not formalize your plans for the day of
Baptism until you have called the rectory.
2014 Year End
Please note that year-end
statements for your taxes
will not be automatically
mailed out. They may be
obtained upon request
from the Rectory.
Spring Fair
First-time families are required to attend a meeting which is held after
the 10:45 AM Mass on the first Sunday of each month. Also, at that Mass
there will be a special blessing for all new parents and their babies. The
Rite of Baptism should always be a community celebration, but in case of
an emergency please contact the rectory immediately.
Occasionally we receive requests from parishioners for a private baptismal ceremony outside the regular baptismal schedule. Unfortunately, because of Weddings, Funerals, Memorial Masses, Anniversary Masses, and
other parish events, the Pastoral Staff cannot accommodate such requests. If time is available on the church calendar, however, a private
Baptism is allowed if the family is able to supply a priest or deacon from
outside the parish as the celebrant.
Antioch members, please join us for our Retreat Formation Meeting
on Friday, March 13th at 7:30 PM in the St. William’s School Library.
Even if you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, your participation
will help make this a wonderful retreat for all!
St. William the Abbot’s
15th Annual Spring Fair
will be held on Saturday,
March 28th from 10:00
AM - 4:00 PM in our
School Auditorium. There
will be over 50 vendors for
your shopping pleasure,
Easter Plants, Raffle Baskets, Grand 50/50, Baked
Goods, Hot & Cold Food,
and Pictures with the
Easter Bunny!
Your Pledge of Support is Important
The Catholic Ministries Appeal for 2015 is underway at St. William’s. Our parish goal is $135,600. Your
support is needed to reach this goal. The Appeal focuses on four areas critical to the mission of our Church Catholic Charities, Education and Formation, Pastoral Ministries and Parishes. Your gift to the Appeal provides
the funding for the various programs critical to the continued success of our church here on Long Island and at
St. William’s through the Appeal’s parish sharing (rebate) program. We thank God for all of His blessings and
recognize that as we look back in appreciation, we must also look forward with a sense of responsibility to help
those in need.
A Guide to Giving
10 Payments
$ 250
$ 25
A gift by every parish family is important for the continued success of this effort, which supports diocesan programs as well as our own parish needs. Your gift in the form of a pledge payable over a ten (10) month
period is important and will go a long way in helping reach our Parish Appeal Goal of $135,600.
Antioch Retreat
Please join us for a two-day retreat of stories, music, reflection, prayer, scripture,
Mass, delicious food, good company and lots of laughter!
When: Saturday, April 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 12, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Where: St. William the Abbot School
2001 Jackson Avenue, Seaford, NY
Yes, I would like to attend the Antioch Retreat.
I have enclosed a $50.00 check (Only $45.00 if paid before April 1)
made payable to St. William the Abbot to cover the cost of meals.
(Please don't let the cost be an issue as scholarships are available.)
Name: _________________________________________________________Email:________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________Phone #______________________________________________
Emergency Contact (Required)__________________________________________Relationship to you_____________________
Phone #__________________________________Email _______________________________
Please mail to: Billy D”Alessio, 339 Harrison Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
If you have any questions, please call Susan at 516-809-5251 or Billy at 516-343-4676,
Or email us at [email protected] Visit:
Diocese of Rockville Centre Names New CEO of Education
The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Education, Diocese of Rockville Centre (the “Education Corporation”). Mr. Christopher Marblo will
assume responsibility for Catholic Elementary and High School leadership as the new CEO of the of the Education Corporation, which provides services, support and guidance to those schools operated in connection
with the Catholic-school ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Mr. Marblo brings diverse and deep
expertise in education, administration, marketing, fund-raising, strategic and fiscal management, leadership
constituent relations and institutional advocacy. The new position will report to the board of the Education
Ursuline Sister Joanne Callahan will continue to serve as Superintendent until July 1, 2015, when Mr. Marblo
will assume his new position. Sister Joanne, who has served in the role of Superintendent of Schools since
1993, will assume the new role of Diocesan Secretary of Education, serving as an ex-officio member of the
Education Corporation and continuing to provide her invaluable expertise in operating diocesan Catholic
ALL parish ministers and volunteers are required to have undergone VIRTUS Training and a Background
Screening. The Background Screening Form is available at the Rectory. The VIRTUS Workshop assists us in
creating a safe environment for children and young people by helping us become more aware of situations
that could be potentially harmful. Please use the following steps to register for a Workshop:
Go to the Diocesan Website: and click on “VIRTUS Training Registration” Select the site
where you will be attending the Workshop. (It is important that you register so that they will have your
Certificate of Completion ready for you at the training session.)
After you have gone through the training and received your Certificate, make a copy of it and send it to the
Rectory to the attention of Susan McCormick. If your Certificate is not available at the time of the
Workshop, ask the Instructor to forward it to you after the Workshop.
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:
Town__________________________________________________State______________________________ Zip________________
Long Island Catholic Magazine
We encourage you to go to this vibrant and current source of information concerning ideas and events in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Bishop Murphy has a blog on this website and he welcomes interaction
with you.
Rick Hinshaw, George Weigel, Father Bob Lauder, and Msgr. Jim
McNamara are regular columnists. There is news not only about current events in our Diocese, but also news about our Holy Father and the
Vatican. All it takes is the click of a button at
Why not add it to your favorites?
Assistive Listening Devices
St. William’s has Assistive Listening Devises available for use during Mass. Our sound system
has been equipped with a transmitter that will send the sound directly to a small receiver
worn on the ear. The sound is therefore not affected by distance or the acoustics of the
The sanitized earpiece may be obtained from the Sacristan before Mass, and some form of identification,
such as a driver’s license, will be requested so that the borrower may be contacted if the device is accidently
taken home. We hope that this system will help all our parishioners benefit fully from our Parish Liturgies.
Low Gluten
Available at
Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council meets monthly and would welcome
your thoughts and recommendations about any items that you feel
should be brought to the attention of the Council and/or discussed.
For those who must avoid gluten in their diet, the parish has
low-gluten hosts available for
Holy Communion. The gluten
content is less than .01%, and
these hosts have been approved
by the National Conference of
Catholic Bishops.
Information regarding Pastoral Council members is available on the
parish website - You can get in touch with members of the Council by dropping off correspondence at the rectory, or
leaving your name and phone number at the rectory. If you would like
to get in touch with a particular member of the Council, please make
this request in your communication.
If you wish to receive such a
host, please tell the priest before
Mass begins. Your host will be
placed in a pyx (a small gold
container) so it is not touched
by the other hosts. Expect that
the priest from whom you requested the host will give it to
you at Communion time.
The Flowers that are placed in front of the Altar every
weekend (aside from Lent) as well as the Bread and
Wine that is used at Mass throughout the week are available as
Memorials Available
Anyone wishing to donate the Flowers or Bread and Wine in memory
of a loved one or on the occasion of an anniversary, birthday, etc., can
make this request at the Rectory. The offering for the Flowers is $75
and $50 for the Bread and Wine. For each particular week, the name of
the person will be announced in the bulletin.
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
PV2 Anthony Caputo, 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 Paul Markland, US
Coast Guard
Commander Daniel Montgomery
1st Lt. Sean Mormon, Navy
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
Sgt. Donald Rogers,
US Army
Private 1st Class Christopher Rossi
Capt. Thomas F. Shields, US Air
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 Wemessen, US Coast Guard
Airman John Zimmerman, ISAE
HEaling Link® Ministry Is Here!
The next meeting is Tuesday, March 17th - Small Abbey
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.
For more information, please contact: [email protected]
Synod on the Family
This past fall there was a great deal of media coverage regarding the
preparations for the Bishops’ Synod on the Family. At this time, parishioners are being invited to offer input to a series of questions in the
“Lineamenta” or final preparation document. Visit and
click on the “Synod of Bishops” icon to access the questions and directions. The deadline for all responses to be received by the Diocese if
March 13, 2015.
Pregnant and
Birthright Can Help
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.
E-Mail the Priests
St. William’s
If you would like to send an
e-mail to the priests of the
parish, please use the parish
e-mail address:
[email protected]
the name of the priest to
whom the e-mail is being directed in the heading or subject line and it will be forwarded to him.
Gift Box Drawing
02/28/15 $100 Keith Dunnk,
03/01/15 $50 Edward Sweeney,
03/02/15 $50 T. & H. Ustler,
Glen Cove
03/03/15 $50 Ambizas Family,
03/04/15 $50 Santina Vaughan,
03/05/15 $50 Patrick Butler,
03/06/15 $50 Maria Zouloufis,
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.
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:
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