o 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 during this month of May, and is framed by the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima. Please take a few moments to read the Bishop's letter: http://fatimaletter.com/
o Visit of the Sisters of Life
McGann-Mercy High School was blessed with a visit from the Sisters of Life on Friday, May 5. Three Sisters from the New York based order spoke to all seniors in their religious studies class, which focuses on vocation and mission, and to several other religious studies classes as well. During their visit, the Sisters spoke of the history of their order, founded by His Eminence, the late John Cardinal O'Connor, in 1991. They also discussed their common life as vowed religious, their charism to protect and enhance the sacredness of every human life, and entertained questions from teh students. The Sisters also took time for contemplative prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Catherine McAuley Chapel, visited with students in teh Monarch Cafeteria during the junior and senior lunch period, and greeted faculty and staff throughout the day.
o 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, on Friday, March 31. 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.
o Ash Wednesday Mass
Chaplain Fr. Maddaloni was the celebrant of our Ash Wednesday Mass on March 1. The Mercy family had the opportunity to gather as a whole school community to join in the celebration of the Mass and to receive ashes. Students, faculty, staff, and families were encouraged to embrace the Church's traditional disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting, almsgiving. At the conclusion of Mass, this month's 'Spirit of Mercy Award' was presented to Caroline Song '17.
o February First Friday Mass
The school community gathered on February 3 to celebrate First Friday Mass and Catholic Schools Week. At the end of the liturgy, this month's 'Spirit of Mercy Award' was presented to Robert Halversen '18.
o 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 on January 31. 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, and he promised to visit soon.
o March for Life
McGann-Mercy students traveled to Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 27, to join in the annual March for Life. Students were able to participate in the demonstration and visit Congressional offices.
o St. Agnes Month
The chaplains and campus ministers of all diocesan high schools with the superintendent of schools organized several events and activities during the month of January to recognize and celebrate St. Agnes, the patroness of our Diocese of Rockville Centre. The keystone of the celebration was an extended homeroom on January 11 when students throughout the diocese viewed a question and answer session of some of their peers with Bishop William Murphy and joined together in a prayer imploring the intercession of St. Agnes.
o Happy New Year
Campus Ministry wishes all a very happy new year. We hope that 2017 is filled with many blessings.
o Welcome Bishop Barres
On Friday, December 9, 2016, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed His Excellency, the Most Reverend John O. Barres as the Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. We rejoice in the appointment of Bishop Barres and look forward to welcoming him to Long Island.
o Thanksgiving Mass
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni joined in the celebration of Mass on the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. During the offertory, students symbolically presented food items which represented the over 2,000 cans and non-perishable food items which they collected to be donated to the food pantry at St. John the Evangelist Church.
o November First Friday Mass
The school community gathered on November 4 to celebrate First Friday Mass. At the end of the liturgy, this month's 'Spirit of Mercy Award' was presented to Matt Raynor '17.
o Diocesan Pilgrimage
A group of students and family members from McGann-Mercy attended the Diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 24. The group joined almost 4,000 pilgrims from all parishes and schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre representing places from the Queens border to Montauk.
o Green & Gold Mass and Brunch
Thanks to all who attended the annual Green & Gold Mass/Brunch on Sunday, September 18. 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.
o Blessing of the Keith Goodale '95 Tennis Courts
Newly named chaplain, Fr. Steven Maddaloni was on hand to bless the recently completed Keith Goodale '95 Tennis Courts on Monday, August 22. The Goodale family, members of several Monarch Athletic teams, faculty, and administration gathered for this celebration on the date of Keith's birthday which was also the first day that the tennis courts were used for team practices.
o Pope's Monthly Intentions Now 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:
Take a moment to view this month's video on the Vatican's youTube channel: youtube.com/vatican