Above, Sarah Fogarty, 14, takes her donkey, Diesel, and dog, Fred, to be blessed by Deacon Jeff Sykes during the blessing of the animals at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Mattituck, Oct. 7. The service took place in observance of the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. Belowt, a woman uses an umbrella to shield a dog from the rain.



Msgr. Romualdo A. Sosing has been appointed the new pastor of Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream.

Msgr. Thomas Harold has been appointed pastor of St. Anne’s, Garden City. Since 2000,

Father Peter DeSanctis, currently associate pastor at Our Lady of the Isle in Shelter Island Heights

Father Thomas Coby has been appointed pastor of St. Sylvester’s in Medford. Since 1999,

Father Thomas Costa has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville.

Two diocesan priests have launched a new vessel into the sea of cyberspace. With the website, Msgr. Charles Fink and Father Rob Ketcham hope to provide a place where Catholics can find inspiration and guidance for living their faith.

“The Internet itself is a vast ocean of souls, many of whom are Catholic,” said Father Ketcham. “Our hope, as fishers of men (Mk 1:17), is to lure those souls again to Christ, and to board them for good.”

This Lent, the Diocese of Rockville Centre is calling on all students to create a YouTube video to promote going to confession, particularly on Reconciliation Monday, April 18, 2011.

In Your Prayers

Please remember our deceased priests and deacons.

Please remember our deceased priests and deacons.


Scranton, PA — Sister M. Sarita Gesler, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate

Wellesley Hills, MA — Sister Mary Francis McConnell died on Oct. 5 at Mount

Amityville — Sister Regina Bernadette Wesnofske, 94, died Oct. 4. She had dedicated

Amityville — Sister Rose Carmel Saladino, 98, died on Oct. 4. She had dedicated 80


Kayla Dolan and Caitlin Bowe, recipients of  the Maureen Nolan Scholarship for pro-life

Our Lady of Peace Church, Lynbrook, held its annual Blessing of the Animals for the Feast

Brother Peter Joseph Sullivan recently made his solemn profession as a Benedictine

On September 13, St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center held their