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Fr. Tom’s Letters


Each week Fr. Tom writes a letter to parishioners in our bulletin.  Every letter is comprehensive, including current information about the Parish, an explanation of Scripture for that Sunday, and an invitation to become more engaged in the life of the parish.





November 4, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

Thanks to all the parishioners who have responded so generously to our Sponsor a Family for Thanksgiving 2018.  Almost all our requests now have a sponsor, so if you wish to sponsor a family, you need to contact Parish Social Ministry as soon as possible.  In the next two weeks we will be wrapping up the Thanksgiving effort and already we are focusing on the Christmas Sponsor a Family.  For both Thanksgiving and Christmas we assist more than 325 families.  To assist with the Christmas effort we still needs lots of volunteers and you can get involved by contacting Parish Social Ministry at the rectory.

As we begin this special time of the year, it’s great to be part of a community that responds so well to calls for assistance.  Thank you all for the generosity you demonstrate during these seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Next Sunday, November 11 the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring its annual Blood Drive.  It will take place in the school cafeteria from 9:00AM to 1:30PM.  We are all aware of the great need for blood donors and a number of parishioners respond every year.  Registration is helpful.  Walk-ins are also very welcome.


We have begun our mailings for the Building Campaign Drive.  Please know that Changing Our World, who helps us coordinate the campaign, suggest we do the campaign in phases.  We are entering now the first phase which will be completed in January.  The second phase will begin in the early part of 2019.  By March of 2019, all parish families will have been contacted.  The theme of our Building Campaign is Being Catholic at St. Anne's: Our Families, Our Mission, Our Future.  As your receive the information, over the next three months, you will be able to make pledges that you can meet from now through 2024.  This is truly a parish-wide effort.

Our need for additional building space became very apparent again this past week.  A group of high schoolers were seeking space for a school project that we could only partially accommodate.  Also, the school and faith formation were negotiating for space during the school day.  We remain overbooked.  We need more space.


Parishioners have expressed interest in the Church providing assistance to voters for Tuesday’s election day.  Helpful guidelines are provided at licatholic.org.  No candidates are endorsed.  Catholic teachings on some critical issues are provided.


Parish Social Ministry partners with our school-aged children and families on many service initiatives through the year.  Children learn the importance of service.  Families have the opportunity to come and serve together.  Last Saturday morning more than 60 families came together to make 1200 cold cut sandwiches for those in need.  Families then delivered the sandwiches to St. Mary of the Isle in Long Beach, Pope Francis Hospitality Center in Elmont and the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead.  Hundreds of pieces of candy were prepared for children who receive support through the Department of Social Services.  The children were inspired by a gospel reflection based on Mt. 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me food.”  Thank you to all the kids, families, teachers, and Parish Social Ministry volunteers who bring the generosity of St. Anne’s to our neighbors.  Great job!


As we celebrate 90 years of parish life at St. Anne’s, we will have a monthly gathering to help us commemorate the wonderful legacy that we have as a parish.  Each first day of the month, there will be a special event.  Some of these will be celebrating Masses.  Others will be social gatherings and parties.  Some will be smaller gatherings of prayer.  I’d like to share with you what we will be doing for January, February, and March.  On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, we will begin the Anniversary year with an Opening Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  The Mass will be at 10:00AM.  On Friday, February 1, 2019 we will have Evening Prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  On Friday, March 1, 2019 we will have a Parish Party at the Garden City Hotel.

As the days approach for each of these events, more information will be shared.  Please know that as the year progresses; you can count on something special on the first day of every month.


Respite is part of our ministry to children and young adults with special needs.  Last Friday was the Halloween Party.  We had all sorts of costumes, traditional ones and ones that were new to me.  There were lots of witches’ hats this year, not so many masks.  The Halloween Party is just one of many great Friday nights during the Respite year.  What makes Respite so special is the sense of community among the persons with needs, the accompanying teenage “buddies” and the 40 or so adults who help make things go so smoothly.  A typical Respite Night includes anywhere from 100-150 people.  There is fun, prayer, food, and friendship.  People who experience Respite for the first time are amazed at the experience.  Respite requires training, commitment, and an openness of heart and mind.  It is a wonderful ministry here at St. Anne’s. 

Peace be with you.

Fr. Tom






















































































































































































































































































































































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