Editor: Msgr. Francis Midura leaves behind memories of a hard working angel of God who loved the Church. He began a parish restoration campaign during his time at St. Joseph’s, Ronkonkoma. He was always there to help. Whether it was with a paint brush or a rake, he was a true disciple of Christ ready to lend a hand. When my father was near death at Christmas time he personally mentioned his name in prayer during the Masses. Rest in peace Msgr. Midura. You are missed dearly.
Christ’s fulfillment of Scripture
Editor: In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, while on the cross Jesus is quoted, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me …”. This is easily interpreted as just another example of His humanity, His genuine capacity to feel as we do under dire circumstances.
However, in the Gospels of Luke and John, this quote is absent. Rather John quotes from Psalm 22: “They divided my garments among them; for my clothing they cast lots.”
Therefore, Jesus is likely also referring to Psalm 22, where His quote is the first phrase of the Psalm. In addition to human empathy He is emphasizing the immediate fulfillment in detail of this prophetic Psalm, i.e., “… they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads: ‘He relied on the Lord; let him deliver him …’ ; “I am like water poured out …”; “They have pierced my hands and my feet …”.
Also, it cannot be claimed that Jesus was ever faithless.
All one in Holy Communion
Editor: We are all at Mass together. You are not alone in the spiritual sacrament of Holy Communion that is shared by all during Mass as we rejoice singing the communion hymn. Let us all join in the celebration. Look around at all the parishioners alongside you. As brothers and sisters, Catholic faithful, we draw closer (“That they may be one” John 17.21).
We are the faithful who believe the bread (the host) and wine (the cup) are the body and blood of Jesus. We break bread and drink wine together as one Communion of love of Jesus. “When we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again...”
We gather in church as the blessed apostles gathered at the Last Supper to break bread together. There is a place setting for all at the Lord’s table to serve all. No one is ever alone at Communion. After all, there were 12 of Jesus’ apostles at the Last Supper.
The holy sacrament Communion Host is like unwrapping a gift. The rite of communion is the rite of passage until our everlasting communion in heaven together.
Susan and Robert Davniero
Legion of Mary evangelizes
Editor: This is a letter of gratitude to everyone involved in bringing the Christian message to the people here on Long Island and beyond. The Long Island Catholic is truly a precious gift to us all! I was especially pleased to see the article highlighting my home parish of St. Sylvester’s, Medford, in your July 25 issue. As was pointed out, the Legion of Mary here does make rosaries, but that is only a very small part of what the Legion does. Our priority is evangelization. Under the guidance of our pastor, Father Tom Coby, our members try to bring the compassionate love of Christ out into the community. We go door-to-door in pairs, visiting homes, inviting and welcoming those in our community to become part of our parish. In addition, members pray the rosary with the sick and elderly in our local nursing home and assisted living facility. We also have a Fatima Home Visitation Program.
Again, thank you for your publication, and for featuring us in your Parish Profile section.