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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.

 

 

 

 

June 16,  2024

Dear Parishioners,

June is the month of lots of “moving ons.” After serving as Associate Pastor at St. Anne’s this past year, Fr. Anthony Osuwagu is now assigned to St. Joseph’s Ronkonkoma beginning next week, Wednesday, June 26. In gratitude for Fr. Anthony’s priestly service to us at St. Anne’s, we will have the opportunity to thank Fr. Anthony and say farewell next Sunday, June 23. Fr. Anthony will celebrate the 10:00AM Mass and parishioners are invited to a bagel breakfast gathering in the St. Francis Ministry Center after the 10:00 Mass. Come by next Sunday to the St. Francis Ministry Center to express gratitude to Fr. Anthony for his priestly ministry at St. Anne’s.

ST. ANNE’S SCHOOL GRADUATION

On Saturday, June 15, 32 boys and girls joined the ranks of St. Anne’s Parish School Alumni. These boys and girls will move on to about 12 different high schools. They will bring with them the encouragement that we hear today from St. Paul “to walk by faith.” Yes, that is one of the differences and gifts of sending children to our parish school. Every day at St. Anne’s from the opening prayer to grace in the cafeteria to religion class and various school and class Masses, our students are receiving the lesson to “walk by faith.” As adults as we experience so many different challenges, joys, and sadnesses, we see the difference when a person “walks by faith.” Congratulations to our St. Anne’s Parish School Class of 2024. Congratulations to their parents, teachers, and school administration. We look forward to sharing life’s journey with them as we “walk by faith.”

FATHER’S DAY

Happy Father’s Day to all our parish dads. The sacredness and holiness of the vocation of a dad is modeled for us by St. Joseph, the chosen father of Jesus. Joseph provided example; Joseph taught his son the ways of faith and his religious tradition; Joseph showed his son fidelity and humility. As the father of Jesus, it seems that Joseph was often in the background; yet, his impact on Jesus and the life of the Church through the ages is incalculable. Dads, your impact on your children is great. When you baptize your sons and daughters you were charged with being the “best of teachers in the ways of faith.” Thank you for being a Dad; thank you for sharing with your children the ways of faith. God bless you.

With many of you, I share today my memory of my deceased father, now in heaven. I dreamed of my father this past week; how pleasant the dream was as I shook my father’s hand. Though only a dream in the middle of the night, it was a significant and enjoyable moment. As you remember your deceased father today, may your faith in the communion of saints be a source of consolation for you as it is for me.

Happy Father’s Day!

SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE

As announced in last Sunday’s bulletin, we will have an “experimental” Summer Mass schedule. Beginning next Sunday, we will have a 9:00AM Mass in the St. Francis Ministry Center. This Sunday 9:00AM Mass will include a briefer homily and will be a recited Mass, meaning there will be no music. This earlier Sunday morning Mass in the St. Francis Ministry Center will assist those who have early Sunday plans to honor the Sunday obligation of attending Mass before moving on to other Sunday summer activities.

The concluding Sunday Family Mass at 10:30 is today, Sunday, June 16. The Family Mass with the Sunday Family Mass Music Ministry will resume in September. So please note. During the summer there is no 10:30 Mass. Beginning Sunday, June 30, there will be a 9:00 Sunday Mass in the St. Francis Ministry Center.

2025 MASS BOOK OPENING

The 2025 Mass Book will open on Wednesday, June 26 immediately following the 9:00AM Mass in the St. Francis Ministry Center.

Have a peace-filled week!

Fr. Tom