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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 faith life of our Parish.





November 19, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Thanksgiving!  This Thursday our nation pauses from the busy routines of our lives to give thanks for the many blessings that we have received as a country, faith community, as families and as sons and daughters of God.  Each of us can identify the many gifts for which we are grateful.  Some are shared with others, such as the freedoms we experience as Americans.  Others are known alone to us as individuals and we find those blessings in the deepest parts of our hearts, minds and souls.  Whether it’s a communal blessing or a very personal blessing, we come together to celebrate gratitude.

I invite you to give prayerful consideration to joining us for the parish Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00AM on Thursday morning.  For some, especially those cooking Thanksgiving meals, it is a busy day.  Others have the tradition of the Turkey Trot.  There is no better way to begin Thanksgiving Day than with Mass.  The Eucharist is the Church’s great act of gratitude to God.  Please try to join us on Thanksgiving morning if you are able.

An often used gospel on Thanksgiving Day is the gospel story of the ten healed lepers, one of whom who returns to give thanks to God.  His gratitude extends the miracle story.  His gratitude still inspires others.  His gratitude is noted by Jesus.  Jesus does ask, “Where are the other nine?”  I am sure that the other nine went to very appropriate places to celebrate their healing.  For us, there is no more appropriate place to begin our Thanksgiving celebration than at the table of the Lord as we go later in the day to the tables of our family.  Happy Thanksgiving Day!


As a parish we have many reasons to be grateful at this time of year.  We have many blessings that we share as a parish community.  Two of them are especially highlighted in the pages of this bulletin.  Our financial report for the 2016-17 fiscal year appears in today’s bulletin.  We remain financially healthy due to the generosity of our parishioners.  We can do all that we do at St. Anne’s in terms of ministry, service, education, because of the financial support of the parishioners.  As the report indicates, we remain active and vibrant.  We estimate that up to 400,000 persons come through the many doors of St. Anne’s during the course of the year.  That’s a lot of praying, teaching, serving, and meeting.  Financial support is required for all these gatherings of good people as we keep the lights on, the hallways clean, the rooms available and open.  Please accept my personal gratitude for all your financial support.

We are also very grateful to those many parishioners who so generously and quickly volunteered to donate food for our Thanksgiving Sponsor a Family Ministry.  St. Anne’s parishioners are assisting 325 families with Thanksgiving meals.  A very organized and efficient procession of cars brought the food here on Saturday and delivered the meals to Wyandanch and Uniondale.  A very helpful and enthusiastic group of teens assisted with the mission.  Thanks to all the donors and Saturday helpers.

We are now on to the Christmas Sponsor a Family ministry.  Again, we will be assisting more than 325 families and we still need additional donors.  Next Sunday, Christmas trees with Angel ornaments will be in the church.  The Angel ornaments are used to support our giving program that helps make Christmas special for 70 children living in housing provided by Catholic Charities.  At the Family Mass, you may also take an ornament to provide a gift for a child in need.  Again, many thanks for your generous participation and support.


This year I have worked at being more present to our Faith Formation classes and students.  Our catechists do a great job in trying to pass their faith to the children of our parish.  It is a difficult ministry with many challenges.  We continue to seek ways to help our catechists and our young children.  We continue to need more catechists and ask you to consider prayerfully if you might be able to help us in this critical ministry of the Church.

One kind of assistance comes from our high school volunteers.  They join with the adult catechist in teaching a class from 12 to 18 young people.  The teen volunteers from our many surrounding public and Catholic high schools provide great help.  We would love to have more teen volunteers.

If you are reading this, you are probably not a teen.  You may be a parent or grandparent of a teen who would like to see your adolescent son or daughter doing some kind of service in the context of our faith and parish.  Serving as a teen catechist helper is a great opportunity.  Speak to them and encourage them.  Suggest they volunteer for a limited time, the weeks of Advent.  Perhaps they will discover how meaningful and helpful this type of volunteer service can be.  We have excellent young people in our parish and we need to give them opportunities of helping others.  Sharing time as a volunteer catechist helper is a wonderful and badly needed form of service.  If you can, encourage the young people you know.  Do it as an Advent project.


In two weeks on December 3 at the 10:00AM Mass, the parish will celebrate 35 years of priesthood with Fr. Rudy.  As well as celebrating Mass for us, Fr. Rudy is involved in many parish activities.  He is very present to the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters and very committed to all the school children of the parish in the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  He is very faithful to anointing  homebound and hospitalized parishioners.  He understands his vocation to priesthood in the context of the parish community.  Try to be with us on December 3 to celebrate this important milestone of Fr. Rudy’s priestly life.

Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!

Fr. Tom







































































































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