The Beauty of our Church (Jan. 13, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Some people have been commenting with some concern that driving up New Hyde Park they’ve noticed the lights on in the Church at odd hours of the night. I have to admit that I’m the culprit. I’ve developed the habit of ending the day in the Church, praying (and…

A Blessed Epiphany to All! (Jan. 6, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A Blessed Epiphany to all! We celebrate today the Magi’s journey to Bethlehem where they follow the star and seek the newborn King of the Jews. After evading King Herod, they find Christ and believe he is the king, leaving their gifts, even though they discover a king not…

Solemnity of Mary (Dec. 30, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we celebrate the New Year this week, we also celebrate a special feast day on January 1st in honor of our Blessed Mother – the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. It’s a Holy Day of Obligation where we have the opportunity to attend…

Keep Christ in Christmas (Dec. 23, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We’ve all heard the expression, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” It’s become a constant refrain we use this time of year and a reminder we see all around us, especially on the ever popular Knights of Columbus magnet. But it’s something we certainly need to hear, and need to hear…

The Gift of Confession (Dec. 16, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we celebrate what is traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday.” With “Laetare Sunday”during Lent, it is one of the two days of the year that the priest can wear a Rose vestment.The word gaudete means rejoice, and it comes from the entrance antiphon of the Mass,“Rejoice in the Lord always;…

Keep Christ in Christmas (Dec. 9, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, C.S. Lewis has a great essay entitled, “Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus.” It’s a clever piece that speaks of a distant land where people celebrate two different festivals. Some celebrate something called ‘exmas.’ They labor for weeks on presents and exmas cards (dreading receiving a card…

Preparing for Christ (Dec. 2, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This may seem a little early, but I want to wish everyone a blessed new year! As Advent begins this weekend, our Church enters a new year of grace. The cycle restarts, transitioning from the end of time and Christ the King, to the time before Christ’s coming. We…

Sniffle Season (Nov. 25, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A very happy sniffles season to all! I’ve already had my first cold of the season, and I get the sense that I’m not alone. Giving kids high fives, shaking hands, being surrounded by large numbers of people – sickness is inevitable. As much as it may seem unavoidable…

G.K. Chesterton (Nov. 18, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we prepare for Thanksgiving this week, I can’t help but turn to one of my favorite authors: G.K. Chesterton. He was a British convert to Catholicism and a staunch defender of the faith in the early 1900’s. He had a great gift for seeing things from a completely…

Purification (Nov. 11, 2018)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Losing an hour of sunlight this past week, it feels like winter is approaching all the more quickly. Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the Christmas decorations are already popping up in stores. In the Church though, before we begin to even think about Advent, we take a moment…