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Mary, Mother of God ~ January 1, 2017 St. Boniface Martyr Roman Catholic Church “We are a pilgrim people on a journey toward the Kingdom of God.” Established 1898 ~ Sea Cliff, NY Serving the people of God in the communities of Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing, Glen Head and Glen Cove

Reverend Kevin J. Dillon, Pastor


Mass Schedule

Daily Mass: 8am in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Sundays: Saturdays 5pm; Sundays: 9am, 10:30am, 12 noon in the Church. Special Intentions: 5pm first Saturday of month.

Confession: Saturdays 4pm-4:45pm Rosary: Mondays-Saturdays after 8am Mass

Please Pray For Our Deceased

Please pray for those entered into eternal life, especially Robert F. Hoebich.

For Our Sick

William Anderson, Bill Berkley, Frances Breen, Caesar Cavese, Philip French, Carol Griffin, Kay Johnson, Troy Johnson, Joseph Korade, Toni Lauria, Georgia Leim, Michelle Martone, Julie Miller, Kenneth Moore, John Orozco, Tom Ryan, Jr., Maria Santoli, Anna Fiora Seda, Katrina Stern, Steven Taibbi, Steven Tipton, Priscilla Waltz. (Enrollment on the sick list must be requested by an immediate family member through Fr. Kevin.)

For Our Military

Mary, Mother of God, Sunday. January 1 Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 5pm Mass Intention: Lofia Mystkowska 9am Mass Intention: Parishioners 10:30am Intention: Gino Baccarini 12pm Mass Intention: Christmas Novena Monday, January 2 (Christmas Novena) Memorial of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and Doctors of the church 1:1 John 2:22-28; John 1:19-28 Tuesday, January 3 (Christmas Novena) Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus 1:1 John 2:29—3:6; John 1:29-34 Wednesday, January 4 Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious 1: 1 John 3:7-10; John 1:35-42

Lieutenant Melissa Buffa & Lieutenant Travis Buffa Lance CPL Matthew B. Christman Second Lieutenant Mario Coronel, US Army Second Lieutenant Matthew Coronel, US Army. Flight Lieutenant Joseph Doyle Jake A. Hojnowski, Sailor E-3, US Navy Lance CPL Gregory Knox Private First Class Ignazio LaManna, US Army Private First Class Vincent S. LaManna, Jr., US Army Lieutenant Brian McMenamin Lieutenant Ian McMenamin Private First Class Joshua McMillan Lieutenant Michael R. Ragusa, USN Corporal Cole N. Muttee, USMC Lieutenant Commander Drew Whitting, US Navy SP-4 Class Luke Whitting, US Army Captain Christina Merrick-Wright Captain Bradley Wright, US Army.

Stewardship… a Way of Life

Thursday, January 5 Memorial of St. John Neumann, bishop 1 John 3:11-21; John 1:43-51

Thank you for your Financial Stewardship last week. Please note that the collections are not included when the Publisher’s deadline is prior to the Sunday collection.

First Friday, January 6 Memorial of St. Andre Bessette, religious 1 John 5:5-13; Mark 1:7-11 or Luke 3:23-28

“Your surplus at the present time should supply their needs so that their surplus may in turn one day supply your need.” (II Cor 8:14).

First Saturday, January 7 (Mary Elise Millus) Memorial of St. Raymond of Penafort, priest 1 John 5:14-21; John 2:1-11 5pm Mass Intention: Jerome Amodeo

Special Assistance Donation

If you have “surplus” please place it in an envelope marked Special Assistance and Fr. Kevin will see it helps “supply their needs." Please pray about what Jesus is calling you to do.

Ministries St. Boniface Youth Group

All 8th-12th graders are invited to Youth Center on Sundays from 6-8pm. Follow us on instagram username: stbonyg,. Join our facebook page ‘St. Boniface Martyr Youth Group. Email Youth Minister, Chris, at

Catholic Daughters

First Mondays of the month at 11am in the parish center for women age 18 and older. Juniors ages 1118; Juniorettes ages 6 -10 (date/place on request). Contact: Eileen Stanton

Prayer Group Resumes January 9

Mondays at 7:30pm in the chapel. Contact John and Rosemary Murello at 676-2767.

Holy Hour and Benediction Wednesdays at 2pm in the chapel.

Prayer Vigil for the Sick Thursdays 7pm -7:30pm in the chapel.

Scripture Study Resumes January 12 Thursdays 7:30pm in the parish center. We are continuing the study of Luke’s Gospel. All welcome. Contact John and Rosemary Murello at 676-2767.

Prayer Quilts Friday at 10am in the Parish Center. Contact Cathy Sackett at for more information.


Fridays 7pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 83 Sea Cliff Avenue. All proceeds go to charity, including our St. Boniface Outreach Ministry.

Miraculous Medal Novena

Saturdays after 8am Mass in the chapel with veneration of the relic of St. Catherine of Labore.

Lay Carmelites of Blessed Titus Brandsma Third Saturdays at 9am in the parish center.

Men’s Ministry Meeting Fourth Saturdays of the month beginning with 8am Mass in the chapel. We are called to become the best version of ourselves. Our faith response to current events is at the heart of our discussions. Contact Rich Lucidi at for details.

St. Vincent de Paul Society


The St. Boniface Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society thanks you! As a result of your generosity, $4450 was raised by the Walk for the Poor in September, $1100 was placed in the collection basket at our Thanksgiving Mass, and so far $3396 has been received through the Thanksgiving envelopes. Jesus asks us to take care of our brothers and sisters who are suffering. Through your donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, you help the poor celebrate the grace of God’s love. Today is the feast of Mary, Mother of God. Like Mary may we always treasure the events in our life and reflect on them in our heart. Please remember to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 2017 so that together we can continue to bring comfort and peace to our brothers and sisters who are poor and suffering. May the peace and joy of the New Year be yours! As you put your gift in the St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box please say a prayer for those who have no one to pray for them. When you give the furniture, household items and clothing you no longer use to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, you give hope to your neighbors who have nothing. To give thanks for all that God has given to you, have you considered answering the call to help serve the poor by joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul? Call the parish center at 676-0676 for details.

St. Boniface Outreach The volunteers of the Outreach Program wish to thank the parishioners for their gracious support and donations for the holiday baskets. We also want to extend to all our wishes for a very Holy and Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year. In addition, we extend to all an open invitation to visit us during our hours of distribution (Wednesdays and Saturdays) to see how the program works. No appointment needed.

Teaching Mass Please join us for the next teaching Mass at 5pm on Sunday, January 22.


From the Pastor’s Desk DON’T QUIT With Christmas Day as far away as it can ever be people begin to look forward to the New Year. The month of January is named after the Roman god, Janus, and he is often depicted looking forward and looking backward. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day this year is on a weekend, and a long weekend at that! Since the actual day is a Sunday, business and schools close Monday in observance of the holiday. With the arrival of New Year’s Day, there is certain let down that all the festivities of this special time of year are over and now we enter into the routine of January which can be cold and dreary. The beginning of January, however, is the perfect time to reflect and ponder over the happenings of the previous year, and look forward to new beginnings and some changes for the coming year. Ask yourself what was one positive experience you had last year? What did you learn from it? If you could do anything differently, what would it be and why? Were there missed opportunities for growth or change? Did we place any limits on ourselves because of lack of confidence or courage? You can’t. You will never. Just give up and call it a day. You aren’t good enough. These phrases were told to some pretty successful people throughout history, everyone from musicians, to actors and actresses to authors and television personalities. Among them are composers like Beethoven, whose teachers told him he was hopeless. Stephen King who had 30 rejections until he finally had his first book published and Lucille Ball who was considered a “B” list movie star and failed many times before she became a successful actress on the hit television series,

I Love Lucy. Lucky for us, they ignored the doubters and naysayers and became legendary giants in their own right for all they accomplished. Want to know who isn’t famous? Their belittlers who said they couldn’t. If we are honest with ourselves, we too have probably been told we can’t, or we’re not good enough and unfortunately most of us have bought into this non-sense! Perhaps we have regrets about this, but it is never too late to change or start anew! In the first few days of this New Year take the time to reflect and ponder over your dreams and expectations for 2017. It’s human nature to give up, especially after failure but that is giving up too easily. If failure is embraced in the right fashion, it can serve as a learning experience for us. One of the traits of Christians is perseverance, or a stick to it mentality. Perseverance often leads to endurance and that makes us stronger. Think about the persistent widow in the Gospel. The Scriptures are filled with people who persevered and relied on GOD’S GRACE. Often persistence and endurance bear fruit; we just need to be patient, and maybe God is telling us something as well. After all, the only limits we really have are the ones place on ourselves. A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES! - Fr. Kevin

Bishop Murphy's Christmas Letter 2016

Family Mass

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Family Mass celebrated the 6th grade on Sunday, December 6 at 10:30 am. Fr. Kevin invited all the children to sit in front of the altar and participate in his homily. Members of the 6th grade class hosted the mass. Alex B. and John S. worked as a team to read the first reading and the Universal Prayers. Michael D. and his mom Reeni, a 6th grade catechist, offered the gifts. A great job was done by

She was found with child by the Holy Spirit! The profound beauty of this startling mystery touches our hearts and opens our spiritual eyes to the truth that changes our lives and transforms the destiny of all of us who believe and proclaim the name of Emmanuel, God with Us, Jesus, Son of God made man. What makes this possible is God's plan to redeem us all. Two realities come together. One divine, the power of God's love, the Holy Spirit, enters the human heart of a simple Jewish maiden who readily accepts God's Spirit into her heart. She in tum offers herself totally to God's by her FIAT: let it be done to me according to your Word!



Small wonder that the angels sing as they behold Mary giving birth to Jesus, the divine Son now one with us, fully one with us, save sin, so that we might become sharers of His life through Mary, the passage way of divinity into humanity. Think of it. Contemplate it. The divine enters the world the same way all of us did: through the womb of a loving mother. Think of it. Contemplate it. In a simple stable, surrounded by shepherds with no material means but with the richness of being poor, utterly dependent on God's loving care, teaching us what truly matters in life: human love transformed by divine love, the human love of family, the divine love of God, now joined not just this once but forever in an eternal covenant God makes with us through his only begotten Son. As we ponder and contemplate, we are invited to respond: respond with joyful prayer, respond with grateful hearts, respond with our love for the Child, the mother, the foster father with shepherds adoring and angels singing. But now that we, once again, have come spiritually to Bethlehem with them, we must not only give thanks to God, we also must show His love through our own hearts and lives in imitation of the generosity of the new born Child Who saves the world. My friends, this Christmas may the love of God Who comes to us by the birth of Mary's Son inspire us to renew our love for all the world, for our families and our friends and, even more, for those who are poor and overlooked, those who are suffering or alone, those who are so often "left out," those who need us to show them the face of God which is the face of Jesus Christ. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH PEACE TO PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL! A JOYFUL AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU WHOM I CARRY IN MY HEART! Faithfully yours in Christ,  William Murphy Bishop of Rockville Centre

Religious Education Christmas Pageant Mary: Sofia Morra Joseph: Matthew Ptarcinski Star of Bethlehem: Dominick Johnson Lead Angel: Lucy Burke Balthazar: Owen Askeland Gaspar: Nicholas Koulouris Melchior: Nicholas D’Allesandro Narrator 1: Anthony Conway Narrator 2: Sofia Conway Shepherds: Ty Fichtl, Cade Fichtl Angels: Carolyn Leach, Olivia Mc Carthy, Charlotte Askeland, Julianne Koulouris, Grace Capone, Cecelia Johnson, Olivia Conway Emma D’ Allesandro, Olivia D’ Allesandro, Christiana Leach, Elizabeth Askeland, Parent Volunteers: Ronni Morra (Church vestibule) Catherine Ptarcinski (with Diane at piano) AnneMarie Capone (Church vestibule) Diana Conway (with narrators) Thank you to all who participated in this joyous event!


Take Five for Faith

Sunday, January 1, 2017 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary On a day devoted to both Mary and praying for peace, it is striking to think of how much violence Mary was close to. As a betrothed but unwed mother, she faced the possibility of death by stoning. Then she found out that the king wanted her child, along with many others, dead and conducted genocide to accomplish his goal. Finally, she had to witness the violent death of her son on a cross. Violence and death, though, are not the whole story, then or now. Peace can grow in the ashes of violence, and new life can come out of death. At least that’s what happens in God’s way of doing things. Pray for peace today, both for yourself and the world. But don’t only pray; do something to help bring peace to conflict. Monday, January 2 Memorial of St. Basil the Great & St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and Doctors of the church How’s this for a circle of family and friends: One of the brothers of the fourth-century bishop and theologian Saint Basil was Bishop Gregory of Nyssa. Counted also as saints are Basil’s grandmother, father, another of his brothers, and his sister. His good friend was Bishop Gregory of Nazianzus, also remembered today. Basil and his illustrious group came from the Greek region of Cappodocia, which had a tough reputation. They liked to tell the story that when a snake bit a Cappodocian, the snake died. Follow these holy Cappodocians and put some bite in your faith. Tuesday, January 3 Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Do you know the name of the person who delivers your mail? What about the manager of your grocery store or the CEO of your power company? Our automated, electronic, virtual world makes it nearly impossible to have personal contact with people who perform important services for us each day. Yet, amazingly, we know the name of our Divine Savior, whom we are encouraged to call directly for help. We honor the holy name of Jesus because God was revealed to us personally through Jesus, who invited us to share in his life and perform works of love and mercy in his name. What will you do today in the name of Jesus? Wednesday, January 4 Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821) became a Catholic at 30, after the death of her husband and over the protests of her Episcopalian family and friends. She had always been active in the support of poor

widows and their children, enough to merit her the nickname “the Protestant Sister of Charity.” Estranged from her relatives, the now-Catholic Elizabeth banded together with like-minded women to become the Daughters of Charity of St. Joseph. The sisters established orphanages and hospitals, but their commitment to the parochial school system became their renown. Thursday, January 5 Memorial of St. John Neumann, bishop Children resist accompanying their parents to places that are no fun for them: the bank, grocery store, or gas station. This list may also include church. Young John Neumann was no different. He wouldn’t attend Mass, the rosary, or Stations with his mother unless she sweetened the deal with a penny. Mrs. Neumann got a good return on those pennies! So did the American church. The future bishop would walk miles to deliver sacraments to a single child—who may have felt similarly uninspired without a penny’s worth of investment. Share your faith with a child. Friday, January 6 Memorial of St. André Bessette, religious Nearly rejected by his order, the sickly Blessed Andre Bessette (1845-1937) was finally allowed to become a religious brother. His superiors figured that “if he can’t work, at least he’ll be good at praying.” It turns out he was good at both. Assigned to be the porter—a kind of greeter and errand boy—at Notre Dame college in Montreal, he spent his days listening to the concerns of all who arrived at his door, especially the poor and afflicted. He lived to be 91 and became known for his healings and his devotion to Saint Joseph. Today, pray in his memory to Saint Joseph for your needs or the needs of a loved one. Saturday, January 7 Memorial of St. Raymond of Peñafort, priest After his surprise election to be president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2010, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York quipped, “The posture of the bishops, of course, is you don’t really run for office, you run from it.” Saint Raymond of Penafort (1175-1275) would have agreed. A scholar and lawyer, he entered the Dominican order at the relatively late age of 47 and did his best to avoid getting promoted. Sickness kept him from being named an archbishop, but he couldn’t get out of becoming general of the Dominicans. There are times you may be asked to step up—like serving on a committee or caring for a relative. Remember that even reluctant leaders can lead!

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