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When they pass on, people lose all the material things they leave behind in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these, they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.
--St. Francis of Assisi
UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS
UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS
ABRAHAM'S TABLE CO-HOSTS
MLK Jr. CELEBRATION NIGHT with JEWISH AND MUSLIM FRIENDS in January - and SPECIAL FORUM
in March @ Commack JCC
450 PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR OUR MLK Jr. Remembrance Night event in Commack at the JCC, co-sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Center and the Jewish Community Center, OLMM's Roundtable / Abraham's Table Ministry....A night of music, prayer, inspiring speeches and solidarity!
From the OLMM pov, ABRAHAM'S TABLE...is a "direct decendant" of OLMM's Ministry, "The Roundtable for the Common Good". It's purpose is to meet with, think with, talk with and make plans with our Long Island friends who belong to the other faiths that are also ABRAHAMIC religions: Judaism and Islam.
At the Jewish Community Center in Commack, on the night of January 14th (eve of the National Holiday commemorating the birthday and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King) our local Abraham's Table reached a new "highwater mark" when more than 450 people gathered in the JCC auditorium for singing, prayer, speeches, stories, reflection and appreciating the life and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King...who was gunned down before reaching his 40th birthday, 50 years ago (on April 4th, 1968.)
On the last Sunday of Winter, ABRAHAM'S TABLE hosted an afternoon of reflection, discussion and historical exploration--in honor of WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, MARCH. It was a fascinating panel presentation, with plenty of
Q & A time included.
The venue was the large and very comfortable Jewish Community Center in Commack. Our excellent panelists included Rabbi Rachel Weisenberg of Temple Beth Torah in Melville; Sr. Maria Pascuzzi / CSJ, Seton Hall Univ., New Jersey, and Sister Sanaa Nadim, Muslim Chaplain, SUNY Stony Brook.
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The Latest Inspirational Words From
Our Globally Beloved Pope!
Father Bill Brisotti Warmly Celebrated
by "Multitudes" at Parish Hall on
Occassion of His 50th
Anniversary of Ordination
As many as 300+ OLMM parishioners, friends and relatives of Father Bill flocked to the Parish Hall on Sunday, June 3rd to toast, celebrate, honor and pay tribute to our pastor.
It was a wonderful, memorable and sprited event with food, singing, dancing and commemorative speeches praising Fr. Bill and his leadership, his authentic humility, his years of service exemplifying and reflecting the words and wisdom of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior....especially with respect to giving comfort and guidance to "the least among us".
Fr. Bill has been OLMM's only pastor for this entire century (and a bit more than that) and, in many circles, his career has been legendary.
See Father Bill's full bio here: STAFF
CLICK ON HAPPY 50TH BANNER, ABOVE, TO VIEW
MORE PICS OF OUR JUNE 3rd CELEBRATION FOR FR. BILL!
OUR CATHOLIC HERITAGE
MAY & JUNE 2019
AFRICA: Where the RC Church's Growth Has Been Phenomenal!
OLMM'S PARISH COMMUNITY MAKING LOCAL
Nowhere on Earth has the Roman Catholic Church grown and flourished as it has in Africa over the last 50+ years. During the same period, Europe--which could be viewed as the "original home" of the Church--Roman Catholic affiliation, membership and attendance has fallen dramatically.
More recent statistics, compiled by the Vatican last Spring, 2017, revealed that the population growth rate among all Roman Catholics in the world (from 2014 - 2015) was 1%. But in Africa, in the same timeframe, the growth rate was 19.4%!
Take a look at a very interesting interactive map of Catholics in the world, published by USA Today in 2013:
CATHOLIC CHURCH GROWTH IN AFRICA
By Bart Jones Updated February 24, 2018 6:33 AM
Three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Andrew Connolly walked to the pulpit during Palm Sunday Mass at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Hicksville andissued a scathing rebuke to white people.
Connolly remembers calling King a “saint” and saying, “We white people turned him off,
rejected the voice of the prophet of nonviolence and slandered him, making him out to be a communist and a demagogue."
CLICK ON FATHER ANDY'S ASHES FOR REST OF STORY
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, of Ghana was
being seriously considered as a Pope candidate before
Jorge Mario BBergoglio--Pope Francis--was chosen.
Prayers of the Faithful for Immigration Reform
But of course this is not just a story about impressive numbers! It's also a story, an ongoing story, about quality of life. For example:
"Catholic Health facilities in Uganda have reported providing care for 90,646 clients, though Ugandan bishops said the actual numbers may be much larger since some Catholic Health facilities have not yet switched over to a new reporting software program."
This is an excerpt from an article well-worth reading, from the Catholic News agency:
The history of our humble church begins in 1932, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President, and Pope Pius XI. was the head of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.
Click the History button ABOVE to
download powerpoint presentation
covering from before 1932 to 2012.
CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW A 4+ MINUTE
VIDEO ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF
"The Miraculous Medal"
IN FRANCE, IN THE 1800S.
United in heart, voice, and conscience with believers throughout the world, let us lift up our prayers, asking especially for God’s help and compassion:
That those in civil authority will ever remember that immigration is rooted in economic injustice, and that they will be graced to act against indifference to poverty and lack of equal earning opportunity, we pray to the Lord.
That we may be people of both faith and compassion, respecting basic human rights and living out the love of Christ for our brothers and sisters, we pray to the Lord.
That all Catholics may join to keep alive the hope that family reunification is not a possibility but a promise of life in the United States, we pray to the Lord.
"GROC" BOARD PRESIDENT JOE GIBBONS' front-line REPORTS FROM the TUESDAY'S SHELTER
JANUARY 4TH, 2018
Dear Father Bill Brisotti,
A summary of our first night at the shelter:
12 degrees, not including wind chill, on Tuesday night! 25 people stayed the night, with 3 local men joining us for dinner only. 3 additional local men came to the shelter from the train station at 2:00 AM, literally freezing. Each had a full dinner, then went directly to bed.
I cannot let them leave while it's still dark outside.
Of our 2 dozen+ guests on January 2nd, 5 asked me for help in finding jobs and permanent rooms to rent. Here is where Noelle and the Outreach Center step in and start case management.
Per standing policy, we do not start such conversations. It's up to our homeless friends to do so; this way we can be more certain that they are committed to helping themselves. A room to rent means you share a kitchen and bathroom with everyone else who rents a room in the house (usually many people).
This is a positive first step toward independence, with Department of Social Services and Outreach support. Seven of our homeless guests from 2017 now have jobs (and pay taxes) and rooms--and these folks are strong motivators for the others.
Special thanks to those who make this shelter work—especially:
Dotty Desimone; Ricardo Solandra; Noelle and Nycha and others of the GROC staff; Rothco, Foods of Italia and Harbor Seafood; Jerome Hendrix; Bobby Patch; Tom Fiorini; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Van/Transport crew; and a host of other good souls who are able to pitch in an help in various ways.
SEE 1.16.18 update here >>> JOE'S REPORT
"Madonna of the Streets"
Painting by Italian Artist Robert Feruzzi