December 22, 2010 | Vol. 49, No. 35


TLIC is featuring brief profiles of each of the honorees chosen by their parishes

Catholics of Haitian ancestry gathered at St. Agnes Cathedral Dec. 17 to pray for healing in their homeland in the wake of a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 2,500 lives.

Filled with the spirit of the season, the children of SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Deer Park, took their annual Christmas pageant on the road Dec. 16

TLIC continues featuring the honorees chosesn by their parishes to receive the 2010 St. Agnes Medal in recognition of their service to the people of God.

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.

SEAFORD — At St. James Church here, parishioners will not just listen to the Christmas story this year — on Dec. 19, they got to step right into the middle of it, with “A Night in Bethlehem.”


Christmas is upon us, and as always, our parish churches will be much more crowded than usual this weekend. It should be an occasion for great joy and hope


Both as a priest and as a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University I talk a great deal about God.

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.

Last year, Mary, my dear bride, and I took our lads, Joe, then-13, and Michael, nine, to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.

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).

Sunday, Dec. 28 Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday, Jan. 2 The Epiphany of the Lord


Christmas: The Word among us

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.

From the Pope

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) — Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 44th World Day of Peace, which will be observed Jan. 1.


BLUE POINT — Ursuline Sister Mary Louise Grube, 92, who taught in Seaford and Patchogue, died Nov. 23.

She entered the congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk on February 11, 1940 and professed her vows five years later. She received a B.A. from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.