Father Robert Smith is
New Pastor at Our Lady of
The Miraculous Medal
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
—Blessed Saint Teresa of Calcutta
“Catholics may not, in any way convince themselves that so enormous and unjust an inequality in the distribution of this world's goods truly conforms to the designs of the all-wise Creator."
—Pope Pius XI
UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS
UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS
Father Robert J. Smith is our new Pastor at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – something we can all be grateful for at Thanksgiving time! Fr. Bob brings years of experience to our humble church and parish, and fittingly, he is every bit as fluent in Spanish as Fr. Bill Brisotti. Clearly, Fr. Bob will be a tremendous “human asset” and a terrific addition to our OLMM community, and to our special place / unique role in Wyandanch.
Father Bob, holds a Sacrae Theologiae Doctoral degree, and was ordained in our Diocese of Rockville Center in 1983. Before this milestone, he attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, earning his Masters of Divinity in 1983. And after his ordination, he was in Rome (Italy, not New York!) from 1989 until 1993, attending the Pontifical Lateran University (Academia Alfonsiana).
Fortunately, for many Long Island Roman Catholics, Father Bob returned to his native Long Island after his 4 years in Rome....and began a rich career that has spanned a wide range of these diocesan assignments - including his current position as Pastor of St. Hugh's in Huntington.
-St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station: Pastor (2015 – Present)
-St. James, Setauket: Pastor (2003-2015)
-Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington: Professor: Moral Theology (1993- 2003); Academic Dean (1996-2003)
-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Ronkonkoma: Weekend Assistant Priest (1993-2003)
Andy Connolly's Stories....Retired Priest's Career Highlights
in His Own Words
Please view the YouTube video below and listen to some amazing stories "straight from the Father's mouth"!! (But he still would prefer that you don't call him "Father"!) Members of the Roundtable Committee interviewed Andy in 2 different sessions in May, 2019 that yielded a very insightful and compelling tapestry of stories - with a lot of important history of our parish included.
PICS FROM THE PAST @ OLMM
AND.....THERE ARE DOZENS OF OTHER GREAT PICS YOU CAN VIEW INSIDE THE MEDIA GALLERY SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE....RIGHT HERE:
FEBRUARY - BLACK
A YOUNG GIRL IN GEORGIA HAS A WEEKLY INTERNET SHOW ALL ABOUT BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY.....a subject she knows well!!
Her name is Dakota Adeyemi.
STORY BY JAYLA JONES @ theundefeated.com
"When COVID-19 forced the nationwide transition to online learning, schoolchildren found themselves at home trying to transition to the concept along with their parents.
Ten-year-old Dakota Adeyemi was in a similar situation, but managed to keep herself busy by searching for Black history on the internet.
After taking an interest in Black pioneers and their contributions to society, Dakota decided she wanted to make better use of her time by teaching others about positive Black history."
FOR THE FULL ARTICLE.....
HISTORY OF BLACK ROMAN CATHOLICS IN THE USA
The Black Catholic Movement reinvigorated the church, with liturgical innovation, new preaching styles and activist scholarship
BY MATTHEW CRESSLER
The story of how Roman Catholics “became American” is very well-known. Beginning in the 19th century, Catholics were a feared and despised immigrant population that Protestants imagined to be inimical to, even incompatible with, everything America was meant to be. American mobs burned Catholic convents and churches. By the early 20th century, the anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan was running rampant.
But this changed after the Second World War. Military service, educational achievement, economic advancement, and suburbanization combined to make Catholics virtually (or, at the very least, statistically) indistinguishable from other Americans. Catholics became “mainstream.” The culmination of Catholic Americanization arrived, symbolically, with the election of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1960. By 2015, when Pope Francis was invited to speak before Congress, one-third of its members were Catholic.
There is a problem with this popular story, however, because it applies only to the children and grandchildren of European Catholic immigrants. A second story involves their black coreligionists, who not only took a different path but also challenged this popular narrative. The true story of Catholics “becoming American” must include the black Catholics who launched a movement for acceptance within their own Church, and within the country. In the process, they transformed what it meant to be both black and Catholic while creating a substantial and sustained critique of the U.S. Catholic Church’s complicity in white supremacy.
READ THE REST OF THE STORY...@ Smithsonian Magazine Online:
Bishop Barres' pastoral letter in tribute to
To read the Bishop's Letter, please follow the link below. At the drvc.org site,
there is also a Spanish version
of the same pdf document.
NEWS / INFO
On October 1, 2020, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York (the “Debtor") filed a petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Debtor's Chapter 11 Case is pending before the Honorable Judge Shelley C. Chapman under Case No. 20-12345. The Docket can be accessed through the website maintained by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
CLICK ON IMAGE OF FATHER BILL TO GO DIRECTLY TO NEWSDAY INTERVIEW WITH HIM IN JANUARY, 2016...all about the Tuesday Night Homeless Shelter - a very successful "joint venture" between OLMM and the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center.
Remembering OLMM's Vital Role in Helping the Poor and Destitute
Can you believe??? It was a full 5 years ago that our friend and parishioner Joe Gibbons, with the help and the blessings of Father Bill Brisotti, first opened the Parish Hall to homeless men and women every Tuesday night during the winter months. At our very own Homeless Shelter, these unfortunate folks were able to take showers, get warm and nutritious meals, and have a warm, comfortable place to sleep for the night. At our Tuesday Night Shelter, they also discovered new friends and "guardian angels" from the OLMM Parish community. Newsday interviewed Father Bill and Joe Gibbons about the new effort...when it was just launching in January of 2016.
TO SEE THE INTERVIEW WITH FR. BILL AND JOE, please go to:
"Madonna of the Streets"
Painting by Italian Artist Robert Feruzzi