March 23, 2011 | Vol. 49, No. 47


Bishop's Column

Every year Pope Benedict sends us a letter for our Lenten reading and reflection.


MERRICK — When the Diocese of Buffalo celebrated a step to sainthood for Msgr. Nelson Baker last weekend, a Long Island musician

Our Lady of the Snow Parish, Blue Point, has been avoiding bottled water at parish functions.

UNIONDALE — Despite the pain and loneliness of losing a loved one, Bishop Peter Libasci told a diocesan bereavement conference, faith offers assurance that you are not alone.

STONY BROOK — Faced with the daily challenge of living a Catholic lifestyle in a secular environment, members of Stony Brook University Catholic campus ministry

On March 20, 438 candidates from parish RCIA programs throughout the diocese participated in the Call to Continuing Conversion

Nurse Allison Luber, left, Dr. Diana Kontonotas, both of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

The vocations office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has produced a DVD to provide answers about the priesthood.

HUNTINGTON — Hundreds of people gathered for the monthly Holy Hour at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

WEST ISLIP — Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was where Charles Bianculli was taken following the crash of a small plane

ROCKVILLE CENTRE — Applications are being accepted for the Sister Mary Grace Memorial Scholarship in Health Care

When she was a student at Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School in Port Jefferson, Marissa Como loved participating

From the Pope

VATICAN CITY (VIS and CNS) — Visiting the Roman parish of St. Corbinian, where he celebrated Mass and consecrated a new church


Eight or nine centuries before Christ, under David and Solomon, Israel was a united nation, powerful enough to fend off all her enemies; but

In the last 10 years or so I have seen in several ways how what we think of God deeply influences how we think of ourselves

As we anticipate the inauguration of the third edition of the Roman Missal, I have been reading up on the history

Regular readers of my column know how frequently I stress the importance of following the rubrics to ensure that we are praying the ritual

Faith & Science

During the 1990s, scientists discovered two gene mutations in the BRCA family of genes which significantly increase


WEST ISLIP — Deacon Richard Barry, who served at Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip, until his early retirement in 1998 for health reasons, died

DUBUQUE, IOWA — Sister Margaret Dolan, 89, who was a teacher and principal in Hempstead and West Hempstead, died


The Paul Effman Long Island Catholic School Honor Band performed its 30th annual concert

A caption in the Feb. 16 issue about the CHSAA swimming championships neglected to mention

Students at the De La Salle School in Freeport are using March Madness to learn about colleges

Youth Voice

In a society plagued by a lack of appreciation for the senior population, I find CARE

Young Catholics

Six gifted artists at St. Mary’s High School, Manhasset, recently completed a special assignment that promises to bring smiles