December 23, 2009 | Vol. 48, No. 35


This Nativity scene, presented by a group of juniors culminated the Advent prayer

The residents, staff and volunteers of St. Joseph’s Home, Huntington, performed

Bishop Peter Libasci paid a visit to Our Lady of Providence Regional School,

The Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St. Dominic, many of whom are members

The Knitting and Crocheting for Newborns group at St. Thomas the Apostle in West

Santa Claus visited Corpus Christi Elementary School, Mineola on Dec. 6,

The diocese’s senior priests celebrated the holidays Dec. 17 with a Christmas luncheon

A traditional Italian presepio, a Nativity scene that expands beyond the manger to

Auxiliary Bishop John Dunne joins prison chaplains before celebrating Mass at Nassau

The three kings brought gifts for the newborn King as nursery and pre-K students


Partly because of the content of some of my philosophy courses at St. John’s University

Please excuse me for being so politically incorrect. It has become fashionable to guard

The Church’s celebration of Christmas is more than just one day. The liturgical


As my older son, Joey, prepares for his confirmation, we recently dug up his baptismal

Walking around Manhattan years ago, Dr. Joseph Kelly recalls, he noticed an artificial

Bishop's Column

Many young people have come to look on Pope Benedict as “the green pope.”


Central Islip — Msgr. James Kissane, 44, pastor of St. John of God parish here,

Amityville — Sister of St. Dominic Patricia A. Kollmer, 70, died Dec. 3, after serving



“Look to Bethlehem,” Pope Benedict XVI urges us (page 5), to find the “messianic peace”

Young Catholics

Mary Jo Lorello was a beloved teacher and softball coach at Our Lady of Mercy Academy,

Youth Voice

MANHASSET — St. Mary’s Parish here recently received 13 children into the

From the Pope

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) — Christmas is not “a fairytale for children,” it is God’s answer