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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.





May 19, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

We are in the final weekend of three First Communion weekends during which 180 second graders received Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist. These were beautiful days and great family celebration days. Finally spring has sprung with warmer temperatures and sunny skies. Congratulations to all our First Communion families and thank you to all the people who worked very diligently to make these days so special.


We recently made a change in our schedule for baptisms. We will now celebrate baptisms each Sunday at 1:30 PM. We made this change because of the increasing difficulty young parents have in finding a Sunday that fits their family schedule. We thought that celebrating baptisms each Sunday would help these young families. We have married couples help us welcome families to the celebration of the sacrament. With 100% more celebrations of baptisms, we need more couples to help us. If you have an interest in assisting with baptisms, please leave a message for Deacon Jim O’Brien at the rectory. Since we will be having baptisms every Sunday, the number of children being baptized each Sunday will be more like 3 or 4, rather than 7 or 8. Many times it may only be 1 or 2 baptisms. We baptized about 110 children each year. For many different reasons, some families request individual baptisms. When that is the case, the family will need to have a friend deacon or priest to celebrate the baptism as our priests and deacons are offering baptisms each Sunday at 1:30. We hope this change will be helpful for families wanting to baptize their newborn at St. Anne’s.


Today at the 11:45 Mass, we welcome some of our most senior parishioners along with some of our homebound parishioners. Some of them will have the opportunity to connect with our second graders who have been writing to our senior parishioners through the year. These parishioners who are deeply faithful people are like a powerhouse of prayer for the parish. Many are very devoted to prayer and various religious practices. It’s a delight to be able to pray with them at this annual Mass and see the delight on their faces and the faces of our second graders as they meet. Many thanks to the participants of Parish Social Ministry who made this happen today.


Mr. Fennell, Mrs. Engrassia, and I met with a member of the Homeland Security Squad of the Nassau County Police Department. It was a very enlightening meeting. The officer asked us several questions about our buildings and we were able to ask questions. The officer was very informed, communicative, and supportive. He indicated that our efforts are in line with the recommendation of the NCPD. He also has suggestions to make our building more secure.

Prior to this meeting, we have investigated an increased use of surveillance cameras throughout the parish and school property. The officer encouraged our efforts in this area. He indicated how busy the security team is at present with the PGA Championship in Bethpage and the Belmont Stakes nearby to us. He will issue a written report with recommendations during the summer. He indicated that school and houses of worship security is a top priority for our police commissioner and county leadership. The officer we met with inspired confidence.


Soon parishioners will be teeing it up and swinging the racket at the St. Anne’s Golf and Tennis Classic on Monday, June 10. Register today!


Parishioner Michael Boldizar will be ordained a deacon of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Saturday, June 1 at St. Agnes Cathedral by Bishop John Barres. Mike will serve as a deacon here at St. Anne’s. Pray for Michael as he approaches this very significant day and share in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Michael has been very generous in several ministries during his preparation time for ordination. Along with his wife, Karen, we look forward to Mike joining our team of deacons here at St. Anne’s.

Peace be with you!

Fr. Tom













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