April 20, 2011 | Vol. 50, No. 3



During a recent visit to The De La Salle School in Freeport, Bishop William Murphy met

To commemorate the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II, Bishop William Murphy invites

UNIONDALE — Despite the stormy weather, more than 120 men and women from Long Island belonging

MELVILLE — Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island, one of the region’s largest integrated healthcare

UNIONDALE - Catholic faith challenges each Catholic man “to live a life of adventure,”

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNA) — A Muslim, a family of seven, a marine, a former abortion clinic administrator

ROCKVILLE CENTRE — Mercy Medical Center’s cancer program has received a coveted Outstanding

ROCKVILLE CENTRE — “We think what we want from our leaders is the benefit of their expertise,

Seven candidates for the permanent diaconate were instituted to the ministry of acolyte

SETAUKET — Just before Father Bob Smith came to St. James Church here as pastor in 2003,

SMITHTOWN — St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will celebrate its 10th Annual Spring Gala on June 10 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. This year’s theme is “New Beginnings,” as the funds raised will go toward renovating the maternity department.

Being honored is the entire medical staff, through all the past medical staff presidents: Drs. Jerry Wider, Brian McKenna, Matthew Verdone, Rashid Khan, Gary Veith, Thomas Harrington, William Smithy, and Jay Schneider.

UNIONDALE — For families who have trouble affording Catholic elementary school, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation has come through.

“I’ll always be grateful to Tomorrow’s Hope,” said one mother of four from a South Nassau parish. When she had to quit her job because of a physical ailment and her husband, who worked in the financial district in Manhattan, lost his job in the recession, sending their two youngest to their parish school was impossible.

Bishop's Column

Easter 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Christ:
“O Happy Fault, O Necessary Sin of Adam that has gained for us so great a Redeemer.” To one and all I send my prayers and best wishes for a happy and joyous Easter. Many years ago, one of my friends answered the every day question “what’s new?” by saying “Jesus Christ is Risen!” He is right because that is true. This is the only news that is always good and always new!


Does marriage mean something to you? If it does, now is the time to make a statement. When lawmakers return to Albany on May 2, legislation to legalize so-called “same-sex marriage” may soon come before them for a vote. It is high on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s to-do list, and the latest public opinion polls show that it’s gaining support.

Easter Sunday
First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Responsorial: Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel Passage: John 20: 1-9


BRENTWOOD — Sister of St. Joseph Ellen Lyons died April 4. A teacher and social worker, she served in several Long Island parishes, most recently St. Anne’s here. Formerly Sister Therese de Montfort, she was 74 and in the 57th year of her religious life.

She earned her MSW (Master of Social Work) from Adelphi University.

Faith & Science

From the Pope

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT)Accompanied by thousands of pilgrims waving palms in memory of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square April 17. In his homily, the Holy Father urged humanity to “abandon the pride of wanting to become God,” and instead surrender to “the gravitational force of God’s love” that “raises us on high.” Following are excerpts from Pope Benedict’s Palm Sunday homily.