St. Boniface Martyr Parish Bulletin October 27, 2013

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St. Boniface Martyr Roman Catholic Church Established 1898

Serving the people of God in the communities of Sea Cliff ~ Glenwood Landing ~ Glen Head ~ Glen Cove “We are a pilgrim people on a journey toward the Kingdom of God.” Fr. Robert A. Romeo, Pastor

“...whoever exalts himself will be humbled,

and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” ( Luke 18: 9-14 )

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 27, 2013


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Daily Mass 8am (in the chapel) Sunday Masses: Saturday: 5pm; Sunday: 8am, 10:15am Holy Day Masses: 5pm Vigil; 8am & 7pm Special Intentions Mass 5pm first Saturday of month 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 27th Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 The bread ,wine, candles and sanctuary lamp were donated in loving memory of Kathleen & Luke Harte, by Josie Harte. 5pm Vigil Mass Intention: Peter Gannon 8am Mass Intention: Parishioners 10:15am Mass Intention: Rose DeRosa Monday, October 28 (Michael J. Lincks, Jr.) Feasts of St. Simon and St. Jude, apostles Eph 2:19-22; Lk 6:12-16 8am Mass Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 27th 5pm Vigil Lector: Ministers:

Celebrant: Fr. Bob Kevin Kelly Debbie Mink, Kathleen Van Bloem Irma & Bill Berkley

8am Lector: Ministers:

Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike Donna Holden Marie Agosta, Ana Arellano Ralph Casey, Peggy Cullen

10:15am Lector: Child’s Liturgy: Ministers:

Celebrant: Fr. Bob Tom Ryan Deacon Tom Fox Heather Arena, Joe Vulpis Pat Warner, Scott Whitting Loretta Zahner, Donna Calamis

Tuesday, October 29 (Angelo D’Avino) Rom 8:18-25; Lk 13:18-21 8am Mass Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike Wednesday, October 30 (Frank DeRosa) Rom 8:26-30; Lk 13:22-30 8am Mass Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike Thursday, October 31 (Pattie Bellidoro) Romans 8:31b-39; Luke 13:31-35 8am Mass Celebrant Fr. Bob 5pm Mass Intention: Mary, Paul, Richard and Paul George Petrilla 5pm Mass Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike First Friday, November 1 (Parishioners) Solemnity of All Saints (Holy Day) Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12a 8am Mass Celebrant: Fr. Bob 7pm Mass Intention: John Capri 7pm Mass Celebrant: Fr. Bob First Saturday, November 2 (Novena) The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Wis 3:1-9; Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40 8am Mass Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike 10:15am Mass of Remembrance 10:15am Mass Celebrant: Fr. Bob 5pm Vigil Mass Intentions: James W. Evans, Fran Latawiec, Ruth Mitschano, Angelo Capobianco, Michael J. Lincks, Jr., Marie Libasci 5pm Mass Celebrant: Fr. Azubuike

Renew & Restore the House of God “Lord, I love the House in which You dwell” Ps. 76:8 Our pledges to date are $1,160,217! Total amount paid to date $794,308.00. Payments are due as follows: Monthly payments are due on/before October 31, 2013 Fourth Quarter Payment for 2013 is due on/ before December 31, 2013 Annual Payments are due December 31, 2013. Credit Cards Payments continue to be processed the last day of each month. If your credit card expiration date is soon we will be contacting you. It is not too late to participate in the Campaign!! There is still time to enroll! If you have any questions, kindly leave a message at the Parish Office or email We are extremely appreciative of your generosity and your continued efforts to satisfy your pledged amount Thank you! The Campaign Committee

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FIRST EUCHARIST First Eucharist Parent Meeting 7pm, Wednesday, October 30th St. Boniface School. All First Eucharist parents must attend. You Can Help Heal Your Marriage Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped thousands of couples worldwide experiencing ALL TYPES of marital difficulties. For confidential information about the Retrouvaille program, or to register for the upcoming weekend that begins on Friday, November 8th at the Montfort retreat house in Bay Shore, please call 1800-470-2230 and you will be connected directly and confidentially to a couple from Long Island/ Metro Retrouvaille who can help.

Spirituality For Singles Saturday, November 2, 8:30pm St. Aidan Parish 510 Willis Avenue, Williston Park Our Monthly gathering for singles; discussion, meditation, socialization. $5 donation - snacks, pizza and beverages will be served. Contact Ray 561-6994 or

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St. Rocco Rosary Society Autumn Fashion Show Date: Time: Place: Donation:

Saturday, November 9th 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm St. Rocco Parish Hall 18 Third St., Glen Cove $50.00 per Ticket

Come and join the fun! Lots of laughs, beautiful fashions modeled by Rocco’s Girls, great food, fabulous gift baskets and door prizes. Tickets are on sale in St. Rocco’s Parish Office or you can call Ticket Coordinator Maryann Ward at 817-4534. Do not wait too long as seating is limited. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW. The more, the merrier!


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR DECEASED Please pray for those who have entered into eternal life

Placement of names on the sick list must be requested by an immediate family member through Fr. Bob. Names will be announced at weekend Masses for 3 weeks; then appear in the bulletin only.

Martha Anna, Mae Caffney, Caesar Cavese, John Cini, Ro D'Alessandro, William J. Dobrowski, Anthony Grasso, Sandra Haberle, Jim Haley, Carol Hartney, Baby Jack, Cecelia Johnson, Janine D. Kelly, Carmen Listro, Carol MacGuffin Langstroth, Baby Max, James Molloy, Catherine Mortell, Mike Napoli, Baby Ouin O’Shea, Luz Payano, Kathleen Quinn, Jeanne Riccardo, Maria Santoli, Nicholas Sica, Gloria Weis, Priscilla Waltz, Lillian Weber, Carolann White.

STEWARDSHIP . . . A WAY OF LIFE Thank you for your Financial Stewardship of $8272 and $1573 donation to the World Missions last week. This week there will be a second collection for the Catholic Campaign/Home Missions. Thank you for your generosity!

PRAYER GROUP Mondays 7:30pm in the Chapel. All welcome. Come and bring a friend! Call John & Rosemary Murello at 676-2767 for more information.

ST. BONIFACE HOLY HOUR AND BENEDICTION Wednesdays at 2pm in the Chapel.

PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE SICK Thursdays 7pm -7:30pm in the Chapel BIBLE STUDY

Lieutenant Melissa Buffa & Lieutenant Travis Buffa Petty Officer Keith Cano USCG Lance CPL Matthew B. Christman Second Lieutenant Mario Coronel, US Army. Flight Lieutenant Joseph Doyle Jake A. Hojnowski, Sailor E-3, US Navy Lance CPL Gregory Knox Captain Brett Korade, USN Lieutenant Brian McMenamin Lieutenant Ian McMenamin Private First Class Joshua McMillan Ensign Michael R. Ragusa, USN Lieutenant Drew Whitting, USN Captain Christina Merrick-Wright

5% DONATION “Your plenty 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 any “plenty” left over, please place it in an envelope marked “For Special Assistance” and Fr. Bob will make sure it is given to those “to supply their need." PLEASE PRAY about this and see what Jesus is calling you to do.

Thursdays 7:30pm in the Parish Center "I have put my hope in your word." Psalm 119:147 As we listen to Gods' word read to us at Mass, we are filled with hope and confidence that His precious word will guide us on our life journey. Our guide will be "Bringing the Gospel of St. Luke to Life", by George Martin. For more information and to order a book call John or Rosemary Murello at 676-2767.

THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY Fridays 3pm in the Chapel “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” from Saint Faustina’s diary. BINGO! Fridays 7pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Glen Cove. All proceeds go to charity, including our St. Boniface Outreach Program.

MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA Saturdays after 8am Mass in the Chapel with the veneration of the relic of St. Catherine Labore.

LAY CARMELITES OF BLESSED TITUS BRANDSMA Third Saturdays 9am in the Parish Center Call Flora at 656-9375 or Pat at 887-7265 for details.

ROSARY Mondays-Saturdays after 8am Mass in the Chapel.

Dear Parishioners,


"The ones who humbles themselves will be exalted." Lk 18:14 The Pharisee in today's Gospel seems, at first glance, to be a faithful follower and a good Religious person. First glances can sometimes deceive. When I was reading the Gospel the second time, what jumped out at me was the number of times this person used the pronoun, "I." Each other time I read it, I could not get past how often he boasted about his accomplishments and “good deeds.� There is always a balance, especially for us as Catholic Christians, between acknowledging our gifts and talents and just bragging. We have been taught to be humble and not really talk about the good things we do. This is also problematic, since we have to give thanks and name what God has blessed us with, but we don't want to come off as "blowing our own horns." This Pharisee has certainly crossed the line. For me, it became clearer when he gloated that he was not like the tax collector...a sinner. You can almost see him look over with disgust and disdain at the tax collector. Wow, talk about arrogance, judgment and puffed up pride. The very man he condemns has his head bowed in supplication and a sense of his own unworthiness. Yet he still knows he can approach God for forgiveness and mercy. There is no referring to the "I' in his prayer. He comes kneeling before God and throwing himself at the feet of God. The lack of the "I" certainly opens him to hear the voice of God. He, unlike the Pharisee, doesn't come with a pre-prepared "resume" of all his good works. I think the difference and the problem is the Religious Pharisee thinks, because he follows all God's commands and ordinances, HE DESERVES God's ear. His stiff neck, as described as his standing before God, comes off to me as a pride of will. His plan and will he assumes God must know is best...hmmmm. He has a skewed image of what faithfulness means. When we fall in love with Jesus and accept Him in our lives as savior the "I, me, mine" should fade and be replaced with a desire to "know" the Other. In coming humbly before God, prayer should not be a list of all our good works hoping to change God's mind or bend His will to ours. Rather, prayer should begin the work of changing us to conform to God's will and what God wants of us. This is not always easy. One of the difficulties and problems I see with the Pharisee mentality is that when we approach God telling Him what to do and how wonderful we are, and He doesn't do "our will", it can cause a crisis of faith and maybe an abandoning of God. You know the mentality...well I prayed it didn't come out my way so maybe God doesn't exits or He doesn't answer our prayers. This is a caution for each of us. Prayer should be approached as wanting and seeking what Jesus wants for us, not so much what we want of Jesus. This does NOT mean and I repeat does NOT mean we should not ask God for the needs of our hearts...we definitely should and are commanded to. BUT the prayer should end with an openness to whatever God wills for us. It should be a desire to know God's plan and purpose for in our lives. This can only happen when we leave arrogance and pride at the doorway to prayer and are willing to listen to what Jesus has to say to us. Listening can only happen in silence, when the words are put aside and we can enter into the silent place where Jesus sings to us. A reminder that October is the month of the Rosary. Use this powerful prayer form to bring you closer to Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady. In Jesus and Mary, Fr. Bob


Sunday, October 27 “Do you know who I am?” That’s the question maitre d’s, hotel clerks, even arresting officers occasionally receive from the celebrated and powerful among us whose sense of privilege and entitlement gets the best of them. Contrast that with the question Jesus asks his disciples about the word on the street, “Who do they say I am?” When they answer, “The Messiah,” Jesus swears them to silence. . In the words of the 20thcentury monk Thomas Merton: “Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” Strive each day to be who you really are.

Monday, October 28 Feasts of St. Simon and St. Jude, apostles Though we know little of the apostle Simon, he is called “the Zealot” in two gospel accounts. Zealots were Jewish freedom-fighters or insurgents who resisted Roman domination or Jewish collaboration with the occupiers by all means necessary—including in some cases violence. What to make of the fact that Jesus selected such a man to be part of his inner circle? He reminds us often in the gospels that he came to call sinners, not the righteous. Before you condemn someone whose behavior you find objectionable, pause to consider: That person is a child of God, too, and with God redemption is always possible.

Tuesday, October 29 While we can get glimpses of God’s presence now, “at present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face,” in the words of 1 Corinthians 13:12. Nonetheless, this “beatific vision,” as it is called, of experiencing God fully after death is also a reality you can encounter in the present. According to the great 20th-century Catholic theologian Father Karl Rahner, S.J., the beatific vision is the fullness of Christ’s living in you now. How can you let Christ live in you and you in him?

Wednesday, October 30 Have you ever heard someone quote the line (from Saint Paul) that “all things work for good” just after you received some really disappointing news? Be honest: For a moment, did you want to wring the person’s neck? It’s hard to hear these words when things don’t seem to go your way, but often with time and hindsight you see that indeed things have worked

for good. “Life is lived forward and understood backward,” goes the saying. Take some time today to reflect on how some of your keenest disappointments ended up leading to wonderful opportunities. That’s grace at work. Amazing, isn’t it?

Thursday, October 31 In a recent Emmy-nominated documentary, filmmaker Ian Cheney went to places where it still gets dark enough to see the starlit sky in all its majesty. His film, The City Dark, is a reminder that until only about a century ago people could look up into the night sky and gaze upon a fabric of millions of stars and planets—something modern electric light, while a blessing, has made increasingly difficult. If possible, go somewhere where you can see what’s in the night sky and remember the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: “Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, / In the heavens you have made them bright, precious, and fair.”

Friday, November 1 Solemnity of All Saints It’s easy to miss the “all” part of the Solemnity of All Saints. The big names come to mind, but do we ever pause to add our own name into the litany of saints? “In God’s great plan,” Pope Francis has said, “every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in everyday family relationships, work relationships, friendships. There are the saints of every day, the ‘hidden’ saints” (from a homily at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-theWalls, April 14, 2013). Celebrate your life and the lives of all saints this day!

Saturday, November 2 The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed This time of year is filled with holidays, both secular and religious. Today’s commemoration—what is commonly known as All Souls’ Day—may not be as glamorous as its festive fall counterparts, but it ranks as a sentimental favorite among Catholics across cultures. All of us have experienced the death of relatives or friends to whom we still feel deeply connected. Their continued presence in our lives is a truth the church recognizes and blesses. We pray that their journey toward God is complete, and, in turn, we ask for their prayers as we strive to find God’s peace in our own lives. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of the friends you have in high places. ©2013 by TrueQuest Communications, L.L.C. Licensed for noncommercial use. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Prepare the Word (©2013)

Pastoral Team


Pastor: Fr. Robert A. Romeo E-mail:

The Youth Group will be meeting this Sunday, October 27 from 6pm-8pm at the parish center. All high school students are welcome. For an updated schedule of youth group events join our Facebook page ‘St. Boniface Martyr Youth Group or email the youth minister, Chris, at

St. Vincent de Paul Society In this Sunday’s Gospel, the tax collector’s prayer allows God to be God and so allows God to pour mercy into his heart. When we pray and give alms to the poor, we allow God’s mercy to be poured into their hearts. In the month of October, through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to bring God’s love and mercy to many families, providing money for food, utility and rent bills, etc.

Thanks to all of you for your support! Furniture and financial donations are always welcome. You are too! Come join the St. Vincent de Paul Society and become a communal part of your parish. Call 822-3132.

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In Residence: Fr. Azubuike Deacon Tom Fox: Music: Jeffrey Schneider E-mail: All Saints Regional Catholic School (ASR) Principal: The Very Reverend Dom Elias Carr, Can. Reg. Joanne Fitzgerald, Dean 12 Pearsall Avenue, Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 676-0762. Wesite: Religious Education: Karen Croce Phone: (516) 671-0418; E-mail: Youth Ministry: Chris Mandato Email: Parish Outreach: Jerry Moran & Kevin O’Shea Parish Center. Wednesdays & Saturdays. 10 am-1pm Phone: (516) 676-0676. Business & Finance: Eileen Krieb E-mail: Administration: Joan Schiller E-mail: Bulletin Editor: Julie Byrne. E-mail: Bulletin Deadline: Noon Monday. Website: Webmaster: Robert Lynch Maintenance: Anacleto Rivera: 516-676-0676 Parish Center: 145 Glen Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY 11579 (516) 676-0676 / Fax: (516) 674-6742 E-mail: / Office Hours: 9am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm, Monday-Friday 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 in the parish office for new members. Please return completed forms to the parish office. 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 676-0676 to pre-arrange. Marriage: Couples wishing to be married should call the parish office before any other arrangements are made. A minimum of six months is needed for marriage preparations. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): An ongoing process of formation for those who ever wonder if they should become “Catholic”. If interested, call Fr. Bob at 676-0676. Reconciliation (Confession): Saturdays 4pm-4:45pm in church.



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