December 8, 2010 | Vol. 49, No. 33

News

The Church permits cremation for families who have lost a loved one

EAST NORTHPORT — Despite the wind and rain, St. Anthony of Padua Church here

HUNTINGTON — Full participation in the liturgy doesn’t end when we leavethe church

SYOSSET — Stories of extreme poverty and need but also of great hospitality,

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

Sports

MINEOLA — Chaminade High School will host the third annual high school basketball

Neighbors

Confirmation candidates at St. Mary’s, Roslyn, organized a bake sale

More than 200 women from Hicksville’s Holy Trinity Diocesan High School

On November 12 a group of student nurses from Nassau Community College

Catholic Charities hosted its fourth annual Helping Hands Serve-A-Thon,

Maureen Lewin, Samantha Dwyer and Gianna DelGatto

Students from St. John the Baptist Diocesan H. S. in West Islip recently signed letters

St. Paul the Apostle Knights of Columbus Council 6802 recently raised funds

On November 22-24, students at Chaminade High School in Mineola

The Universal Church

As a special spiritual gift this season, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York presided at inauguration ceremonies

WASHINGTON — Leaders of some of the largest religious communities

Young Catholics

The diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is offering two partial scholarships for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members to participate in the St. George Trek, a high adventure leadership program at Philmont Scout Ranch in northeastern New Mexico from July 7 to July 22, 2011.

Students from McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead competed

Youth Voice

Often Advent gets forgotten in the excitement of Christmas, but it is a very special time

Bishop's Column

Every year on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,

From the Pope

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Before praying the midday Angelus Dec. 5, Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that like St. John the Baptist, “we too are called to listen to God’s voice, which resounds in the desert of the world.”

Columnists

Many a woman who has taken vows in a religious community will tell you

Frederick Buechner’s “Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons” was not in my possession very long before I read the sermon entitled “Faith and Fiction.”

We do not usually think of St. Paul as an Advent figure.

Our participation in sacred worship is best served and best enabled when we allow the fullness of the signs — the objects, the gestures, the words, etc. — to be as fully expressive as they are meant to be.

Nearly five hundred years ago, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac.

Letters