Msgr. Robert Brennan, diocesan vicar general and pastor of St. Mary of the Isle Church, Long Beach, presides at a Spanish-language Mass Dec. 16 at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead.
CENTRAL ISLIP — A year after his death, Msgr. James Kissane’s family, friends and parishioners packed St. John of God parish here December 18 to remember and celebrate the life of the former pastor who died of pancreatic cancer at age 44.
Many of the writings of St. Paul speak about the virtue of hope. Paul was a person of hope. Clearly he placed his hope in Jesus Christ. As a result of his personal experience of Christ, Paul was captivated by the person of Jesus whom he experienced as the crucified and risen Christ, the Christ of glory, the Lord of heaven and earth. It is this Christ whom we await this Christmas and who is the source of our hope.
With the release of Bishop Murphy’s Pastoral Letter “Belong More Deeply,” our diocese has officially begun its year-long focus of preparing to welcome the new translation of the Roman Missal, which will go into effect the First Sunday of Advent 2011 (November 26-27).
Editor: Christmas is the Word of God among us. Without the Word, there is no truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is so much false reporting in the media for the things in life that are supposed to bring us lasting satisfaction. As we recognize these lies, it is imperative for all of us to really know Jesus by letting His Word speak to our hearts and minds with the only truth that can truly satisfy.