St. Boniface Martyr Roman Catholic Church â€œWe are a pilgrim people on a journey toward the Kingdom of God.â€? 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
Daily Mass: 8am in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Sundays: Saturdays 5pm; Sundays: 9am, 10:30am, 12 noon in the Church.
For Our Deceased
Special Intentions: 5pm first Saturday of month.
For Our Sick
Confession: Saturdays 4pm-4:45pm Rosary: Mondays-Saturdays after 8am Mass
Please pray for those who entered into eternal life, especially Sr. Anne Marie Dean, CSJ, Lori Nicastro. William Anderson, Bill Berkley, Frances Breen, Caesar Cavese, Philip French, Carol Griffin, Kay Johnson, Troy Johnson, Joseph Korade, Toni Lauria, Georgia Leim, Michelle Martone, Kenneth Moore, John Orozco, Maria Santoli, Anna Fiora Seda, Kathy Sherman. 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 First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016 Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 The bread, wine, candles and sanctuary lamp were donated in loving memory of the Pries and Bowersock Families by Paul and Eileen Bowersock. 5pm Mass Intention: Peter Bailey 9am Mass Intention: Parishioners 10:30am Mass Intention: Christian Darling 12pm Mass Intention: Anthony Tavernese Monday, November 28 Isaiah 4:2-6; Matthew 8:5-11 Tuesday, November 29 Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 10:21-24 Wednesday, November 30 Feast of St. Andrew, apostle Romans 10:9-18; Matthew 4:18-22
Thursday, December 1 Isaiah 26:1-6; Matthew 7:21, 24-27 First Friday, December 2 (Anna May Cappelmann) Isaiah 29:17-24; Matthew 9:27-31 First Saturday, December 3 (Dominic Palazzo) Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, priest Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Matthew 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8 5pm Mass Intentions: Robin Halleran, Gio Perciballi, Julie Hedgecock Monarchio, Daniel J. Heim, Ro D’Alessandro, Rose Sica
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 Thank you for your Financial Stewardship and donation to The Catholic Campaign/Home Missions last week. This week there will be a second collection for Fuel. (Monetary amounts are not included when the printer deadline is prior to Sunday’s collection.)
Special Assistance Donation “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).
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 email@example.com.
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 www.catholicdaughters.org.
Prayer Group 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bingo 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 email@example.com for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
There is an Advent spirit in the heart of every human person. It is one of longing, of yearning for a fulfillment that somehow lies beyond ourselves; for we long for the coming of the Lord. As you put your gift in the St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box, your heart will discover the true meaning of Christmas as you help those who are suffering and poor to long for the coming of the Lord.
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 Bereavement Support A proposal to develop a bereavement support group for the St. Boniface Martyr parish is under consideration. Parishioners with some experience in bereavement counseling are being sought to assist in the planning and conduct of a group. If interested, please contact David Meagher at 516458-0596 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach Program The volunteers of the Outreach Program thank you for your continued support of the Pantry. We are preparing Christmas food packets and would appreciate donations of: Stuffing gravy corn bread mix cake mix canned yams unrefrigerated milk We also extend an invitation to anyone interested in becoming an Outreach volunteer for 3 hours on a Wednesday or Saturday every 4 to 5 weeks. Please call Jody at 516-322-3347 or David at 516458-0596. Thank you.
From the Pastor’s Desk
MAKE A JOYFUL SOUND UNTO THE LORD “Sing, Sing a Song” was a popular soft rock tune performed by the Carpenters in the early 1970’s. The lyrics are quite simple and extol and praise the values of singing, and encourage all to sing whether they have good voices or not. Since Vatican II, the Church has introduced the value of congregational singing and many Catholics seem to enjoy worshipping God through song. That is wonderful because like St. Augustine says, “he [she] who sings, prays twice!” Singing, is indeed, a beautiful way to worship God. Singing together is not only a form of prayer, but also has several emotional and psychological benefits as well. According to a recent article in Time magazine, singing changes the brain. According to the article when people sing musical vibrations move through the person and that alters people’s physical and emotional landscape. Simply put, it makes us feel better. Think about small children. Most of us have either been sung to by a loving mother or other caring adult at some point in our youth to soothe and calm us when we were upset or frightened about something. If this was not the case for you, perhaps you have seen this being done by someone else to a child and how usually the child stops crying or fussing. Singing or being sung to has great power to change our emotions from sad and negative to happy and hopefully calmer. Researchers have been hard at work trying to explain why it has such a calming, soothing, peaceful effects, yet, has equally energizing and life giving effects on us. What researchers are concluding is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer,
the kind that both soothes our nerves and simultaneously elevates our spirits. This for us is a win, win situation in our stress filled and busy world, and for us as Christians it is a spiritual endeavor as well because like the Psalm says, Sing a New Song to the Lord, (Psalm 96) or Break into Song and Sing Praise (Psalm 98). The virtues of singing are found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures as well as the New Testament. Mary’s Magnificat is ultimately a song of praise! Group singing for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all because it takes something incredibly intimate and personal, a sound that begins inside of the person and ultimately shares it with a room full of people and then comes back as something even more exhilarating and thrilling then when it first started and that is called harmony. Research further shows that even if someone’s voice is only mediocre, the health benefits are worth their weight in gold because our bodies produce lower amounts of cortisol and our heart rates are raised. Here at St. Boniface, we are blessed with a talented and competent Music Ministry under the direction of Jeffery Schneider. Our cantors and musicians are here to lead us in song and encourage us to sing. I am sure they will agree with me that they are NOT here to perform but assist us in giving glory and praise to our God, Jesus Christ. So don’t be afraid; SING OUT LOUD AND MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD! — Fr. Kevin
Handel’s Messiah The North Shore Chamber Choir will present selections from Handel's Messiah in our church on Sunday, December 4, at 4pm. This beloved oratorio, which includes the world-famous "Hallelujah Chorus," has long been a traditional part of the holiday season. The concert will consist of a 30 voice choir, three soloists (including our own Kathleen Clancy) and a string quintet, all conducted by our parish Music Director, Jeff Schneider. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the parish center or at the door on the day of the performance. Following the concert will be our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Around the World (see page 6 for more information).
Annual Saint Boniface Giving Tree
to benefit the Madonna Heights Program of SCO Family of Services. For more than 50 years Madonna Heights has been helping adolescent girls, women and families over-come the devastating effects of poverty, neglect and abuse. Please help the young women in their care feel special during this Christmas season by taking a tag from the tree. All gifts should be returned unwrapped by Sunday, December 11th. Your gifts will go a long way in helping those served by SCO’s Madonna Heights. Thank you for your generosity.
Parish Mission 7:30pm, Tuesday, December 6, followed by an Old Fashioned Christmas Visit with Story Telling, Art and Song with hot chocolate, hot cider, tea and assorted baked Christmas goodies. Presented by St. Aidan’s Rosary/Altar Society.
Communal Penance Service
Feast of Immaculate Conception
Saturday, December 24 4pm, 5:30pm & 10:30pm
Masses: Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 8 at 8am, 12:15pm & 7:30pm
Confessions Saturdays at 4pm on December 3, 10, 17, Friday, December 23, 4pm-5pm and 7:308:30pm
Thursday, December 22 at 7:30pm
NO CONFESSIONS CHRISTMAS EVE Christmas Eve Masses
Christmas Day Masses Sunday, December 25 9am, 10:30am & 12pm
Mary, Mother of God New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 Holy Hour for Peace with Exposition, Adoration and Benediction 3pm – 5pm 5pm Vigil Mass
Mary, Mother of God New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1 9am, 10:30am & 12pm
St. Boniface Martyr Church Proudly Invites You To
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in the Gym immediately following Handelâ€™s Messiah Concert & Christmas Tree Lighting A Fun, Free, Parish-Run Event with: Christmas Displays & Treats from Different Countries Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle Live Entertainment & Christmas Carol Sing-Along Photo Op with Special Mystery Visitors from the North Pole!
Bring your family & friends to start celebrating the Christmas Season in the most festive way! For more information or to lend your support, please contact: Belinda: 516-551-2788/ email@example.com or Vivian: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Mass celebrated the 7th grade on Sunday, November 6, at 10:30am.
Fr. Kevin invited the children to sit around the altar and participate in his homily. Members of the 7th grade class hosted the mass. Joe C. read the first reading, Isabella B., Fiona R., Jack G. and Finn O. read the petitions, Alexis C. , Sara G., Gavin G., Dinknesh H., Alexis C. and Brooke M. brought up the gifts. A great job by all!
St. Boniface Martyr Parish Directory Pastor: Rev. Kevin J. Dillon; email@example.com In Residence: Fr. Azubuike Igwegbe Deacon: Tom Fox; firstname.lastname@example.org Music & Liturgy: Jeffrey Schneider; email@example.com Fr. James Donohoe Parish Center 145 Glen Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY 11579; (516) 676-0676 Fax: (516) 674-6742; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.saintboniface.org. Office Hours: 9am -12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; Thursdays 12:30pm - 6:30pm (no morning hours). Administration: Joan Schiller (Mondays-Thursdays); Margaret Evans (Fridays) Business & Finance: Eileen Krieb; email@example.com Religious Education: Karen Croce;(516) 671-0418; firstname.lastname@example.org Youth Ministry: Chris Mandato; Email: email@example.com Parish Outreach: Jody Fleischmann and David Meagher Parish Center; Wednesdays & Saturdays. 10 am-1pm Parish Registration: We welcome all new members of our parish family. We ask all parishioners to welcome and invite new neighbors and their families to become a part of St. Boniface Martyr Parish. Parish registration (census) forms available by the main doors of the church and parish center. Please return forms to the parish center.
Bulletin Editor: Julie Byrne. Holiday Schedule: The November 13 deadline is 5pm Sunday, November 6. The November 20 deadline is noon Monday, November 14. The November 27 deadline is noon Tuesday, November 15. December deadlines are noon Monday, as usual. The January 1 deadline is noon Wednesday, December 21. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org after approval from Fr. Kevin. Submissions may be edited for content, clarity and/or size. For best results, email prior to deadline date. Webmaster: Robert Lynch. Website: www.saintboniface.org All Saints Regional Catholic School (ASR) Headmaster: The Very Reverend Dom Elias Carr, Can. Reg.; 12 Pearsall Ave., Glen Cove, NY 11542; (516) 676-0762; www.asrcatholic.org Marriage: Couples wishing to be married should call the parish center before any other arrangements are made. A minimum of six months is needed for marriage preparations. Baptism: Parents wishing to present a child for Baptism should be registered members of St. Boniface Martyr Parish. Parents are required to have a Baptism Preparation Interview and attend a Baptism class. Baptisms are celebrated on the last Sunday of the month. Godparents must be fully initiated members of the Catholic Church (having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), and provide a sponsor certificate. Please call (516) 676-0676 to pre-arrange. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): An ongoing process of formation for those interested in becoming Catholic. Call the parish center at 676-0676 for more information.
Sunday, November 27, 2016 First Sunday of Advent Welcome new horizons Rise and shine! It can be hard as we move through life to recognize that every moment offers us a chance for a new beginning. As Paul writes to the Romans, “It is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” As Advent begins, a new liturgical year is upon us. Today is the beginning of something new. We have the chance to begin this New Year wide awake to the world around us. Open your eyes and let Christ’s Light stream in! Monday, November 28 Stretch your heart and mind On the spiritual journey, it can be easy to think that you can figure everything out, that your mind is the only tool you need. On the journey of life, though, you have to engage the heart. Any other way is, according to contemplative author Cynthia Bourgeault, “like trying to play a violin with a saw.” Faith stretches far beyond what our minds can comprehend. As you begin this Advent, how might you trust in the glory of God that is coming? May your heart and mind be stretched by the answer that you find! Tuesday, November 29 Advent weekday Keep your Christmas presence under wraps This Advent, try experiencing Christmas in a more gradual way. Instead of jumping into Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, allow the symbols, rich colors, poetry, and music of Advent to wash over you slowly during these weeks. Take time to contemplate the pillars of Advent: Isaiah stoking humanity’s longing for the Redeemer, Mary bringing Jesus into history, and John the Baptist urging us to begin a new life. Maybe even put up your Christmas tree later than usual, closer to Christmas Eve. If you experience “the holidays” as an exhausting trial, let Advent calm you. Let its mystery refocus your life and make you hungry for God. Wednesday, November 30 Feast of St. Andrew, apostle Raise up the cross Tradition says that Saint Andrew died crucified on an “X” shaped cross. Saint Andrew’s Cross is best-known for its depiction on the Scottish flag. According to legend, while praying on the eve of battle, King Oengus II promised that if victory was granted, he would name Saint Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland, which is why he is honored on the flag. Pray that Saint Andrew intercedes for victory in our daily struggles. Thursday, December 1 Advent weekday Pray for a “Day without AIDS” Since 1988, December 1 has been recognized as World AIDS Day. The following year, the first “Day without Art” was organized. More than 800 arts organizations, museums, and galleries throughout the United States covered works of art and instead displayed information about HIV. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the HIV virus. Since 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS. Let’s remember all those with AIDS-related illnesses, past and present. Let’s pray for them and for those who work tirelessly to care for them and to find a cure.
Friday, December 2 Advent weekday Time to be truly free, at last Legalized slavery was abolished by the end of the 19th century, but sadly it still flourishes underground. Today is the annual commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Every year, thousands of poor and defenseless men, women, and children fall into the hands of human traffickers who expose them to sexual exploitation, forced labor, warfare, and even removal of vital organs. Jesus came to set us free; let’s do our part to see that the world hears that message loud and clear by working to protect victims of human trafficking. Saturday, December 3 Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, priest Strong beyond their numbers Saint Francis Xavier was a seasoned missionary who traveled to India, China, and other places in Asia. He is the first Christian missionary to go to Japan. He wrote that the Japanese were the “best people yet discovered.” He found them kind and polite, yet the work of evangelization was difficult in Japan. When Saint Francis left two years later, Japan had some 2,000 new Christians. Today the number of Catholics in Japan is still small, representing less than 0.5 percent of the population. Let’s remember them today and remember Catholics in all in those places where they represent a small minority.
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