October 14, 2009 | Vol. 48, No. 25


As I am writing this column, I am wondering what, if asked, I would identify as my

The Gospel story of the widow of Nain who is burying her son (Luke 7:7-11) is about

Several recent letters to the editor put me in mind of James Madison’s simple

Everyone wants his or her heart and soul to be touched in a personal way by an

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Attending the United Nations International Peace Day Sept. 18, St. Thomas

On Friday, September 11, the 93 members of Chaminade’s Parish Religious Education

With his family, friends, and current and former parishioners in attendance, Msgr. William

St. Francis de Sales parish in Patchogue kicked off the fall season with an outdoor

St. Martin of Tours School in  Amityville  welcomed  the new families joining the school


A number of world news items this week command our attention and call for


Eleven students of Italian heritage from the Diocese of Rockville Centre will

Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island recently unveiled a new Web site to

RONKONKOMA — As a young priest in the Philippines, Father Rene Tapel

The national debate on health care reform draws special interest from the Catholic

MERRICK — Mary’s Residence, a new transitional living facility for young single

Uniondale — Telecare, the award-winning diocesan television station, is

Bishop's Column

Last week, The New York Times editorialized on this past Sunday’s canonization of


Rockville Centre — Father Edward G. Sullivan, retired pastor of Our Lady of the

AMITYVILLE — Dominican Sister Mary Rene Donovan, 93, died Sept. 26

Youth Voice

It is difficult to describe God because to describe him would not give his greatness


From the Pope

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) On Saturday, Oct. 10, Pope Benedict XVI addressed an


St. Peter of Alcantara was born in 1499, at a time when Church reform was