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October 10, 2012

Above, Sarah Fogarty, 14, takes her donkey, Diesel, and dog, Fred, to be blessed by

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.

October 10, 2012

Bishop William Murphy’s 2010 pastoral letter of the same name invited Catholics on

Bishop William Murphy’s 2010 pastoral letter of the same name invited Catholics on Long Island to “Belong More Deeply.” As part of the next step of that process and to also start reaching out to non-practicing Catholics, the Diocese of Rockville Centre offered three study days early last week for pastoral staff in parishes around the diocese.

October 10, 2012

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN NEWS) — The 2012 Synod of Bishops on

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN NEWS) — The 2012 Synod of Bishops on evangelization began its second day with a call for the Catholic Church to roll back the “tsunami of secularism” that has swept over modern society in recent decades.

“It is almost as if this tsunami, this wave has washed across everything we lived by and simply took most of it away,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. told CNA on Oct 8.

October 10, 2012

SEA CLIFF — While still very young, Father Bob Romeo recalls, “I knew that God was

SEA CLIFF — While still very young, Father Bob Romeo recalls, “I knew that God was calling me to the priesthood, but I tried to run from it.

“I wanted a typical life,” said the pastor of St. Boniface Martyr Church here. “I wanted to be married, to have children, but God had other plans for me.”

In April, Father Romeo celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest when his parishioners threw a surprise party for him.

October 10, 2012

Dear Readers,

Dear Readers,

This week marks the final issue of The Long Island Catholic as a weekly diocesan newspaper.
The new, monthly Long Island Catholic magazine will arrive in your homes for the first time in late November. I hope all TLIC readers will welcome this new publication, give us your feedback on its format and many new features, and then subscribe to the new magazine by placing your envelope in the special collection at your parish on Long Island Catholic Sunday, December 1.   

October 10, 2012

WEST BABYLON — When a psychologist and a businessman noticed the lack of Catholic

WEST BABYLON — When a psychologist and a businessman noticed the lack of Catholic AM radio shows on Long Island, they decided to do something about it.

Since January 2011, Dr. John Palmer, psychologist and diocesan coordinator for the Renewal Apostolate, and Dr. Anthony Ciuffo, businessman who has a Bible ministry at his parish, St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square, have hosted “Listen Up: Jesus is on the Air,” over WGBB Radio 1240 A.M.

October 10, 2012

YAPHANK — When he was only four years old, Ryan Koerber got his first “clue” about

YAPHANK — When he was only four years old, Ryan Koerber got his first “clue” about what he wanted to do in life. After seeing the “Blues Clues” live show at Radio City Music Hall, he was inspired to sing and dance on stage.

October 3, 2012

The following are additions to last week’s list of parishes hosting a rosary and

The following are additions to last week’s list of parishes hosting a rosary and adoration for Respect Life Month.

October 3
Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Rosary & Adoration
October 5
Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rosary & Adoration
Holy Family, Hicksville, 7:00 p.m. Rosary
October 10
Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Rosary & Adoration
October 11

October 3, 2012

RIVERHEAD — While Spirit Week at Bishop McGann Mercy Diocesan High School

RIVERHEAD — While Spirit Week at Bishop McGann Mercy Diocesan High School has the traditional elements — wearing school colors and pumping up pride in preparation for the Homecoming football game — the activities here also include community service, part of the school’s efforts to “Live Mercy.”

October 3, 2012

LINDENHURST — After 24 years of leading his religious order in Haiti, Brother Pierre

LINDENHURST — After 24 years of leading his religious order in Haiti, Brother Pierre Destin Leandre of the Little Brothers of St. Therese decided to take a break.

Over the past month Brother Leandre has visited supporters and worked on his English at the home here of Joan and Charlie Moran, who have supported his order for eight years. The Morans founded the “Friar Suppliers,” who assist the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx and elsewhere as well as the Little Brothers of St. Therese.

October 3, 2012

Amityville — When he was preparing for the priesthood, Msgr. James Brassil wanted

Amityville — When he was preparing for the priesthood, Msgr. James Brassil wanted to serve in Africa.

“I wanted to be a missionary and convert the whole world,” the Irish-born Msgr. Brassil said with a chuckle. Instead, his vocation took him to the U.S., where he served as a parish priest and leader in the Catholic charismatic renewal.

October 3, 2012

At the San Gennaro Festival at Sacred Heart Parish, Island Park, last month,

At the San Gennaro Festival at Sacred Heart Parish, Island Park, last month, Bishop Murphy announced that the Holy Father has named the pastor, Father John Tutone, a chaplain of honor to His Holiness with the title of Reverend Monsignor.  

Msgr. John Tutone, pastor of Sacred Heart Church since 1993, previously served on the diocesan tribunal, 1981-93. He was also an associate pastor at St. Martha’s, Uniondale, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa.

October 3, 2012

Uniondale — Telecare’s new season will kick off Columbus Day weekend with

Uniondale — Telecare’s new season will kick off Columbus Day weekend with returning favorites, new shows, new technology, and an emphasis on the upcoming Year of Faith.

“We have four brand new shows,” said Msgr. James Vlaun, president and CEO of Telecare, the diocesan television station. “The first is a show hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. It’s going to be a television feed of his weekly radio show on the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM.”

October 3, 2012

On October 2, 2012, Bishop William Murphy announced that The Long Island Catholic is

On October 2, 2012, Bishop William Murphy announced that The Long Island Catholic is changing formats from a newspaper to a magazine model. Sean Dolan, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, is overseeing the transition to the new model.

October 3, 2012

MERRICK — When he was growing up in India, Father Josep Augustine Kadungamparambil

MERRICK — When he was growing up in India, Father Josep Augustine Kadungamparambil recalls with a smile, he was not considered an ideal vocations candidate.

“I was always in trouble,” said Father Augustine, associate pastor at Curé of Ars Church here, who teaches at Molloy College, Rockville Centre.

September 26, 2012

Garden City — You’ve probably heard of Captain John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War figure,

Garden City — You’ve probably heard of Captain John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War figure, but you might never have heard of his contemporary — fellow naval hero Commodore John Barry.
Yet, contends Liam Murphy, former U.S. Navy officer, retired  Westchester County emergency manager, and heritage editor for TheWildGeese.com, an Irish historical website, Commodore Barry’s accomplishments are as impressive.

September 26, 2012

Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated a liturgy at St. Rose of Lima Church, Massapequa,

Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated a liturgy at St. Rose of Lima Church, Massapequa, with couples married 50 years or more  on September 23. Couples recognized include:

St. Martin of Tours, Amityville: Richard and Loretta Tarter
St. Barnabas, Bellmore: Raffaele and Filomena Esposito; Joseph and Lucy Farinella; Luigi and Teresa Paci; Austin and Barbara Cannon
St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage: Anthony and Florence Borzell; Charles and Margaret Chatterton, John and Maureen O’Mara

September 26, 2012

Catholics for Freedom of Religion, a local non-partisan group, is advocating for and

Catholics for Freedom of Religion, a local non-partisan group, is advocating for and educating local citizens to stand up for religious liberty at the parish and community level.

Back in January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandated that all employers, including religious institutions, provide employee health insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.

September 26, 2012

Huntington — Parents and educators often complain that electronic games turn children

Huntington — Parents and educators often complain that electronic games turn children into couch potatoes, but a new program in the Catholic schools is using video games to get kids to get physical.

The iGame4 Fitness Program, planned for all the Catholic elementary schools in the diocese through a grant from Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island, uses Wii electronic games to make kids jump, wave their arms, and dance.

September 26, 2012

MANORVILLE — Teenagers who want to deepen their faith and share it with others

MANORVILLE — Teenagers who want to deepen their faith and share it with others gathered at Our Lady of the Island Shrine here Saturday, September 22, to kick off a new diocesan program for high school students. Another group gathered last week at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, for the same purpose.

September 26, 2012

More than 500 teenagers and young adults from parishes, high schools and colleges

September 25, 2012

Rockville Centre — As a boy growing up in Kenya, Father Gabriel Muteru went

Rockville Centre — As a boy growing up in Kenya, Father Gabriel Muteru went to a Catholic school, but not for religion.

“My family was not Christian,” he said, but practiced the traditional religious beliefs of his Kikuyu tribe. Yet his father valued education. “He sent my sisters to school, which was not the custom at that time.”

His father chose the Catholic school as the best for his children. There, young Gabriel discovered Catholicism, and eventually found his vocation to the priesthood.

September 25, 2012

October is Respect Life Month, and once again, the diocesan Respect Life Office

October is Respect Life Month, and once again, the diocesan Respect Life Office will host the Rosary and Adoration for Life campaign from Oct. 1-31 in parishes around the diocese.

“The Rosary and Adoration for Life campaign is a great way to prayerfully participate in support of all life,” explained Allison O’Brien, director of the Respect Life Office. Adoration and the rosary will be available in three parishes — one in each vicariate — every day throughout the month of October.

September 20, 2012

UNIONDALE — An address by nationally renowned Catholic scholar Robert

UNIONDALE — An address by nationally renowned Catholic scholar Robert George on “Conscience and Its Enemies” will be among the highlights of the 20th annual conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), to be hosted by the Marianist community at Kellenberg Memorial High School here Oct. 26-27.  

September 20, 2012

Above, Father Michael Vetrano greets well-wishers following his Mass of Installation as

Above, Father Michael Vetrano greets well-wishers following his Mass of Installation as the new pastor of the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton, Sept. 16. Msgr. Joseph Mirro, dean of the Peconic Deanery and pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Westhampton Beach, represented Bishop William Murphy at the liturgy. Prior to his arrival in Southampton in June, Father Vetrano served as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, West Islip, for 12 years. He succeeds Msgr. Jeffrey Madley, who is the new pastor at St. Mark’s Church, Shoreham.