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o Advent Reflections by Deacon Darrell

This Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, begins a new Church liturgical year. The great thing about the spiritual life, about our life with God, is that we are given opportunity to begin anew. So, faced with a new Church year, we have a great opportunity to get a restart. We can be very excited about this new start. We can be very anxious to get things right with God. We can be very anxious, if you will, for Christmas to come. And yet the season of Advent causes us to wait. We are forced to take some time, to reflect, to in a very real sense, get our attitude right.

If we take a look at this Sunday's first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we have a good explanation of why we need this waiting period. This reading is set when the people of Israel suffered the trying moment of the Babylonian exile. At the beginning of the reading the people are portrayed as being very angry with God, impatient with him. Why has he let this situation happen to them? Why hasn't he done something? We read, "Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down."

As we read on, as time passes, the tone changes, the people are portrayed as being being much more open to the idea that they need to have softer hearts, that they need to let God work in them, "Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands." Clay, of course, if is going to be formed, must have a soft texture. If it is hard, it cannot be molded the way the potter would like.

Perhaps our hearts are too hard to allow God to mold us the way he wants. So perhaps we really need this time of Advent, when we can reflect on our relationship with God and with others and allow with prayer and reconciliation our hearts to become softer and then God can mold us in the way that is best for us.

I wish you all a very Blessed Advent. Let us pray for each other.  


o October First Friday Mass

The school community gathered on October 6th to celebrate First Friday Mass.  Students participated as readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, servers and gift bearers.  These Eucharistic celebrations are at the heart of the school community.  Fr. Steve Maddaloni, School Chaplain, presided, and was assisted by Deacon John Hogan, Principal and Deacon Darrell Buono, Campus Minister.
Oct Mass Offetory

Oct Mass Altar

 

 Oct Mass Recessional


Green & Gold Mass and Brunch

Thanks to all who attended the annual Green & Gold Mass/Brunch on Sunday, September 17th.  This 'kickoff' event for athletics and extra-curricular activities was a great success due to the hard work of many members of the faculty, administration, staff, and our families and students.

Green & Gold Gospel

Green & Gold People

Green & Gold Blessing


Bishop Barres' Pastoral Letter

Bishop John O. Barres has recently written a pastoral letter to all members of the church of Rockville Centre.  The letter encourages special devotion to Our Lady, most especially as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima.  Please take a few moments to read the Bishop's letter: http://fatimaletter.com/

Bishop Barres' Pastoral Letter

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Pastoral visit of Bishop Barres

The McGann-Mercy community was graced with a pastoral visit by our new Diocesan Bishop, His Excellency, the Most Reverend John O. Barres.  The Bishop celebrated Mass for the whole school community and also had the opportunity to visit with students at a luncheon.  We were glad to welcome the Bishop and introduce him to our school.

Bishop Barres delivers his homily at Mass

Bishop Barres enjoys lunch with McGann-Mercy students


Installation of Bishop Barres

McGann-Mercy administrators, faculty, students, and family members were privileged to participate in the installation ceremonies for His Excellency, the Most Rev. John O. Barres, as the Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre at St. Agnes Cathedral.  Members of the McGann-Mercy family were present both at the Solemn Vespers in vigil of the installation, and also at the installation Mass.  Bishop Barres took time to greet several of our students personally and expressed his hopes and prayers for our entire school community.

Bishop Barres greets a McGann-Mercy student

Bishop Barres greets a McGann-Mercy student

March for Life

McGann-Mercy students travel to Washington, D.C., each year to join in the annual March for Life.  Students are able to participate in the demonstration and visit Congressional offices.  This is a great experience of putting our faith into action!

o Pope's Monthly Intentions On YouTube

Since 1844, the Holy Father has invited Catholics worldwide to join him in prayer for different intentions each month.  Pope Francis has recently taken to new media to increase participation in the practice.  He will be releasing a monthly video, available on the Vatican's YouTube channel, to announce the intentions for that particular month.  More information can be found on the website of the Apostleship of Prayer:
http://apostleshipofprayer.org/

Take a moment to view this month's video on the Vatican's youTube channel: youtube.com/vatican


Project MERCY

The first event for Project MERCY 2016 will be on Friday, February 5, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton.

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