saint john of god parish



saint john of god parish
84 Carleton Avenue * Central Islip, New York 11722
Phone: 234-6535 * Fax: 234-7474 * Email: [email protected]
Rev. Christopher Nowak, Pastor
Pastoral Staff
Rev. Rómulo César Gómez, Associate Pastor
Sr. Valerie Scholl, CSJ, Pastoral Associate / Admin.
Dcn. Ronald J. Gillette
Sr. Claudia Allen, CSJ, Apostolado Hispano
Mrs. Maggie Martin, Religious Education
Mrs. Ana Sullivan, Parish Social Ministry Coordinator
Mrs. Patricia Walsh, Cemetery Secretary
Mrs. Eleanor Gould, Music Ministry
Parish Center: 234-6535
Religious Education: 234-4040
Outreach Office: 234-1884
Cemetery Office: 234-6535 x135
Apostolado Hispano
234-6535 x 106
Equipo Pastoral Que Habla Español
Parish Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4:30 PM
Rev. Christopher Nowak, Pastor
Rev. Rómulo César Gómez,
Pastor Asociado
Hna. Claudia Allen, CSJ
Sra. Ana Sullivan,
Ministerio Social
Sunday: 9 AM – 2 PM
(Mass Cards)
Emergency Sick Calls Any Time
Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 5 PM Chapel
Sunday: 8 AM Church
9:30 AM Church
11:00 AM Chapel
Misas En Español
Sábado: 7:00 PM Capilla
Domingo: 9:30 AM Capilla
12:30 PM Capilla
Martes: 7:30 PM Capilla
Weekday Masses
Monday – Saturday:
9 AM Church
Miraculous Medal Novena:
Monday at 9 AM Mass
Reconciliation: Saturday at 4:00 PM in the Church
or by appointment. Please call the Parish Center.
Baptism: 1st and 3rd Sunday at 2 PM. Parents must register
at the Parish Center at least 1 month before the baptism.
Marriage: Those wishing to be married must make arrangements
at least 6 months in advance. Call the Parish Center.
Our Lady of Providence Regional School
Pre-K (4 yrs.) through 8th Grade
234-1113 or 234-6324
Principal: Mrs. JoAnn DiNardo
December 25, 2011 
Bautizos en Español:
2ndo y 4tro Domingo de cada mes, 2 PM Los padres de los niños
deben ir a la oficina antes de inscribirlos. Llame 234-6535 x 106
para una cita.
Confesiones: Los sábados a las 4:00 PM
Primera Comunión y Confirmación:
Niños de 6 hasta los 17años deben asistir a las clases de
Educación Religiosa de acuerdo a su edad. Llame: 234-4040
Sacramentos Para Los Adultos:
(18 años en adelante) Llame 234-6535 x 106 para más
información. Las clases para los adultos son los domingos a las
11 AM.
Matrimonio: Inscribirse 6 meses antes de la fecha de la boda.
Llame: 234- 6535 para hablar con un miembro del Equipo
Pastoral que habla español.
Nuestra Señora de la Providencia Escuela Católica
Pre-K (4 años) hasta 8vo grado
234-1113 o 234-6324
Principale: Mrs. JoAnn DiNardo
Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Mass Intentions for the Week of Dec. 25th:
– 5:00PM
– 8:00AM
– 9:30AM
– 11:00AM
– Miguel Vargas
– Jim McEvoy (5th Anniversary)
– Susan & Michael Brennan
– Mary & Joseph McDonough
– Rose Ellen Mehner
– Edward T. O’Connor &
Edward O’Connor, Jr.
– Charles Doyle
– All those enrolled in the
Society of Prayer
– Elizabeth Brennan
– People of St. John of God
Monday, Dec. 26th– St. Stephen, first martyr
Acts 6:8-10,7:54-59 Mt 10:17-22
9:00AM – Daily Mass –
Tuesday, Dec. 27th –
St. John, apostle and evangelist
1 Jn 1:1-4 Jn 20:1a,2-8
9:00AM – Daily Mass
7:30PM – Misa en Español – (Capilla)
Wednesday, Dec. 28th –
Holy Innocents, martyrs
1 Jn 1:5-2:2 Mt 2:13-18
9:00AM – Daily Mass –
Thursday, Dec. 29th–
St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr
1 Jn 2:3-11 Lk 2:22-35
9:00AM – Daily Mass –
Friday, Dec. 30th –
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Sir 3:7,12-14 Lk 2:22-40
9:00AM – Daily Mass
Saturday, Dec. 31st –
Saint Sylvester I, pope
1 Jn 2:18-21 Jn 1:1-18
9:00AM – Daily Mass
5:00PM – Vigil Mass
7:00PM – Misa en Español
Sunday, Jan. 1st –
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Nm 6:22-27; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21
8:00AM – Mass – English
9:30AM – Mass – English
9:30AM – Misa en Español
11:00AM – Mass – English
12:30PM – Misa en Español
On this day of gifts
and gift-giving, it seems
appropriate that we take a
moment to reflect on the
great gift of God’s Word.
Because it is creative,
God’s Word always points to its author, always
calls us to respond. Because it is powerful, God’s
Word can link the sublime with the ridiculous,
the transcendent with the immanent, the divine
with the human. Because it is graceful, God’s
Word establishes a relationship of deep
intimacy between us and God.
At the heart of God’s Word lies a
tantalizing tension between the mysterious and
the mundane. In our liturgical celebration, this
unresolved tension both reveals the meaning of
life for us and calls us to respond, to act upon
that meaning.
Once accepted and opened, the gift of
God’s Word is a gift that keeps on giving and
keeps on calling us to give in return. It dares us
to be like the gift-giver and to become gifts for
others, not only at Christmas, but at every
moment of life.
Restoring the Glory….
to welcome…to worship…
to grow…to serve…
Pledge Report:
$ 1,293,162.75
Total Paid to Date: $ 1,175,942.75
$ 117,220.00
Thank you to all who have
completed their pledge and
to all who are continuing payments to
Restoring the Glory. Many folks have
responded to our reminder and are
hoping to complete their pledge in 2012.
I am working on details for the
Memorial Garden to honor donors and
loved ones with a tribute to Father Jim.
Winter is coming so we look ahead to
spring/summer for completion. Fr. Chris.
Weekend of December 17th / 18th
Sharing One’s Resources in the Parish
Remember in your thoughts and prayers,
the Sick of the Parish...
Due to the printing
deadline for this
weekends bulletin,
collection amounts
for December 17/18
will be in next
weekend’s bulletin
Anne Andersen
Joseph Acciarito
Leticia Colon
Geanne Cordinglly
Mark Dixon
Helen, Leon, JoAnn FalkMarie Ferdon
Ron Gillette II
Alice Hydell
Troy Liddell
Brendan McNamara
Josh Mouzakes
Names of parishioners on our parish sick
list will remain on the list for six weeks.
After that time you may advise us that
there is still a serious problem and please
have them returned to the list.
Father Chris
Bread & Wine Memorial for This Week:
In Loving Memory Of:
Joseph Shea
Requested by:
Mary Shea & Family
Liz Mouzakes
Kevin Muñoz
Charlie O’Donnell
Arcadia Paz
Carmen Ramos
John Santiago
Louis Vavosa
Joseph Vereline, Jr.
Barbara & Tim Warfield
Mary Weber
Barbara Zarcone
Parish Office Holiday Hours for
Christmas and New Year’s Day
The Parish Office will be closing
at 12:00Noon on December 24th
and December 31st
The Office will be Closed All Day
December 25th & 26th
and January 1st & 2nd
Religious Education Office
Mrs. Maggie Martin, Director
Telephone: 631-234-4040
Email: [email protected]
The Office of Religious Education
is closed.
We will re-open at 11:30am on
Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
Children's Choir
St. John of God Parish
Family Mass
January 8th
at 11:00Am in the Chapel
O God, kindly watch over those
exposed to the dangers of military
life. Give them such strong faith
that nothing may ever lead them to
deny it or fear to practice it.
Fortify them by your grace against
the contagion of bad example, so that, preserved
from vice and serving you faithfully, they may be
ready to meet death if it should come. Most
Sacred Heart of Jesus, inspire them with sorrow
for sin and grant them pardon.
Mary, our Mother, be with them in
battle, and should they be called
upon to make the supreme sacrifice,
obtain for them the grace to die in
the love of your Divine son.
Saint Joseph, pray for them.
Telephone: 234-6324
Visit us at:
Mrs. JoAnn Di Nardo, Principal
A Piece of Providence
News from Our Lady of Providence,
the regional school for your parish!
The faculty, staff,
and students of Our
Lady of Providence
Regional School
wish all of our
St. John of God parishioners
a blessed Christmas and a
happy and healthy New Year!
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To celebrate the Christmas
season, our third grade
students went on a field
trip into New York City to
Christmas Spectacular. The students
were able to enjoy a wonderful day in
the City and experience an amazing
show. The 6th and 7th graders went to
see the play “A Christmas Carol” and
were able to ask questions of the
actors and stagehands. Also, OLOP
actors, singers, and musicians put on
our annual Christmas Concert with
holiday songs from the chorus and
band and the Christmas play, “The
Baker’s Dozen.” Thanks to Mrs. Roth,
Ms. Swain, Mrs. Mavroudis, Mr. Lesser
and the children for the excellent
holiday entertainment.
Keep up to date with current events
and individual class information by
visiting our school website at Our website
can be translated by scrolling
down to the bottom left
Dates to Remember:
December 24th to January 2nd—
Christmas Recess
January 3rd – School Reopens
January 6th – Feast of Three Kings Mass
January 13th – Faculty Meeting
January 17th – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birthday –National Holiday
January 20th – Progress Reports
Did you know you can help Our Lady of
Providence Regional School without
spending extra money? Here are
three ways you can help:
1.Register your Stop and Shop card
in the A+ Program at .
Click on “Our Stores”, then click “A+”,
and follow directions for registering.
2.Cut out Box Tops For Education
from participating products.
3.Register your Target Credit Card in
the Take Charge of Education
Program at\tcoe .
Click on “Enroll”, and follow the
directions for registering.
your support.
Thank you for
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
234-6535, ext. 103
The angel told the shepherds
that the Savior was born and
where to find him. How and when are we
God reveals divine presence in the smile
of another, in someone’s generous offer, in a
plea for help, in the cry of the poor and
oppressed, in a child needing reassurance, in
the aged needing a listening ear, in the sick
needing a comforting hand. We reach out to
one another with God’s compassion, mercy,
forgiveness and healing love. Today we see
not a Baby in the manger, but a saving God
working through and among us.
This Christmas through your gifts the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to
bring Christ to the hearts of the poor. By
assisting fourteen families with holiday gifts
and necessities and several others with rent
and utility arrears. THANK YOU FOR YOUR
GENEROSITY. May your homes be filled
with the peace and joy of this holiday season.
Merry Christmas and a very happy and
healthy New Year!
Telephone: 234-1884
Ana Sullivan, Coordinator
I would like to take this opportunity to
wish a very Merry Christmas to you and
your family and to thank you for caring
and sharing so that we can help all those
families who are in need especially during
the holidays.
God Bless Al of You,
Anna E. Sullivan
The Thrift Shop and Food Pantry
will be closed on Monday,
December 26th.
La tienda de segunda mano y la
despensa de alimentos se cerrarán
el lunes, 26 de diciembre.
Help Wanted
Catholic Charities’ Talbot House is
looking for LPNs (per diem). Please
contact Stella at 631-589-4144 or fax
589-8396 or email:
[email protected]
Catholic Charities
The light shines in the
and the darkness has not
overcome it.
— John 1:5
Are you or someone you know
having family or interpersonal
problems due to drinking ALCOHOL
and/or using DRUGS? Talbot House ,
a voluntary Chemical Dependence
Crisis Center, located in Bohemia,
provides withdrawal and stabilization
services for males and females over
18 years. For more information, call:
631-589-4144. Staff available 24/7.
THANKYOU to all who have
memorialized new vestments. We still have:
One Purple; available. If you are interested,
please contact: Sister Valerie at the Parish
que han comprado una vestidura en honor
de un ser querido que falleció. Todavía
tenemos: Una Morada que está disponible.
Si usted quisiera comprarla , favor de
contactar a Sr. Valerie en la oficina de la
RCIA—Rite of Christian Initiation
for Adults
Need a Sacrament or Two?
We Can Help!
 Never Baptized but thinking
about it
 Baptized in another Christian
Faith but thinking of joining us
 Baptized Catholic but missing
Communion or Confirmation
If you or someone you know is
18yrs or older and needs any
sacraments of Initiation, please
call Deacon Ron.
Mark Your Calendar
 December 24th — Dec. 26th –
Christmas -- The Parish Offices will be
CLOSED on December 24th (closing at
12Noon) , 25th and 26th (closed) . Parish
Offices will reopen at 9:00am on Dec. 27th.
 January 1st — New Year’s Day —
Feast of Mary, Mother of God – Regular
Weekend Schedule. Parish Offices closed
Jan.2nd. Parish Offices reopen 9:00am Jan. 3rd
 January 8th – Holy Name Society
will gather at the 8:00AM Mass with their
monthly meeting following in the small cafeteria
of the school. All are invited to join them,
 January 8th – Ministry to Catholics of
African – 12 Noon — Monthly meeting will be
held in Room 11 of Our Lady of Providence
School Everyone is welcome!
 January 15th – Martin Luther King,Jr.
Mass – 11:00AM in the Chapel. All are invited
to join us.
 January 16th – Martin Luther King,Jr.
Birthday – National Holiday –
Parish Offices Closed.
 January 17th – Society of St. Vincent
de Paul Meeting – 12:30PM -- Monthly
meeting in the Conference Room of the Parish
Center. All are welcome!!!
 February 6th – Confraternity of
Christian Mothers will hold their monthly
Meeting at 7:30 PM in the Small Cafeteria of the
School. All women of the parish are invited.
Children’s Choir (English) Rehearsal
7:00PM — 8:00PM in the Chapel
Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:30PM in the Chapel
December 29
January 5
January 8 sing 11:00am Mass
January 12
January 19
January 26
December 28
January 4
January 11
January 18
January 25
February 1
The IRS Charitable Contributions Ruling states that individuals
who want a tax-deduction for cash contributions (cash, checks and
credit card donations) to tax-exempt organizations must prove
their donation. Yearly estimated offerings to church for deductions
will no longer be allowed. The organization (church or otherwise)
receiving the donation must provide a receipt for all donations regardless of the amount.
The parish can provide a signed letter from Father Chris with your total for 2011 ONLY
IF you used the church envelope with your name/ID or a check with you name.
All parishioners who used envelopes or checks in 2011 for regular collections or for
Glory Campaign donations can have a letter now just by asking!
Let the Parish Office know if you need envelopes for 2012. You may fill in the form
below and drop it in the collection basket or at the Parish Office.
Yes, ____ Please send a letter stating my 2011 contributions.
Yes, ____ I would like to receive parish envelopes for my donations in 2012:
(Please Print Clearly)
La decisión del IRS Contribuciones Caritativas declara que los
individuos que quieren una rebaja en sus impuestos por contribuciones
de efectivo, cheques, y tarjetas de crédito a las organizaciones exentas
de los impuestos tienen que probar su donación. Ofrendas estimadas
cada año a la Iglesia presentadas para recibir una rebaja no están
permitidas. La organización (Iglesia) recibiendo la donación tiene que proveer un recibo
para todos los donativos sin tener en cuenta la cantidad.
La Parroquia puede proveer una carta firmada por el Pastor, Padre Chris, con el total de
sus contribuciones para el año 2011 SOLAMENTE.
Todos los parroquianos que usaron los sobres de la Iglesia o cheques con su
nombre en 2011 para las colectas dominicales pueden tener una carta ahora. También,
los que contribuyeron a la campaña para” Restaurar la Gloria” pueden recibir la carta.
Favor de contactar la Oficina Parroquial si necesita los sobres para 2012. Puede
llenar la forma abajo y ponga en la cesta de la colecta o entregarla a la Oficina
Si___Favor de enviarme una carta que declara mis contribuciones para 2011
Si ___ Me gustaría recibir los sobres para mis donaciones para 2012.
(Letra de Molde, por favor)
Nombre_______________________________No. de Teléfono._____________________
Starting this weekend, there will be
envelopes available for your donation
to defray the cost of the Christmas
Flowers. We want the Church and
Chapel to look special as we celebrate
the birth of Jesus. Your support will
be greatly appreciated and you will
know it is because of your help.
Comenzando este fin de semana,
habrá sobres disponibles para su
donación para hacer el gasto de
los Flores Navideños. Queremos
que la Iglesia y la Capilla tengan
buenas apariencias mientras
celebramos el nacimiento de
Jesús. Su apoyo estará my
apreciado y usted lo sabrá cause
de su ayuda.
Somos La Parroquia de San Juan de Dios - comprometidos a La Fe, La Familia, y La Comunidad!
Para Acoger….Para Alabar
Para Crecer….Para Servir
Cantidad total de los Compromisos
$ 1,293,162.75
Cantidad total de los Pagos
$ 1,175,942.75
En este día de recibir y dar regalos, parece
apropiado que tomemos un momento para reflexionar sobre el gran don de la Palabra de Dios. La Palabra de Dios es creativa y por eso siempre apunta a su
autor, siempre nos llama a responder. La Palabra de
Dios es poderosa y puede enlazar lo sublime con lo
ridículo, lo trascendente con lo inmanente, lo divino
con lo humano. La Palabra de Dios es llena de gracia, establece una relación de intimidad profunda
entre nosotros y Dios.
En el corazón de la Palabra de Dios yace una
tensión seductora entre lo misterioso y lo mundano.
En nuestra celebración litúrgica, esta tensión sin resolución revela el significado de la vida para nosotros y también nos llama a responder para actuar
según ese significado.
Una vez que la aceptamos y la abrimos, el don
de la Palabra de Dios es un regalo que sigue dando y
sigue llamándonos a dar a cambio. Nos reta a ser como el dador de regalos y a convertirse en regalos
para los demás, no solo en Navidad, sino en cada
momento de la vida.
Hch 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Mt 10:17-22
Martes: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Miércoles: 1 Jn 1:5 — 2:2; Mt 2:13-18
Jueves: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Lc 2:22-35
Viernes: Eclo 3:2-7, 12-14 o Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3;
Col 3:12-21 [12-17] o Heb 11:8, 11-12,
17-19; Lc 2:22-40 [22, 39-40]
Sábado: 1 Jn 2:18-21; Jn 1:1-18
Domingo: Nm 6:22-27; Sal 67; Gál 4:4-7; Lc 2:16-21
LA VIGILIA: Sábado, 31 de diciembre,
Misa a las 7:00 PM
EL DÍA: Domingo, 1 de enero
Misa a las 9:30 AM
Misa a las 12:30 PM
(En otras palabras, las Misas para este fin
de semana son como cualquier otro fin de
Este día, después de la misa a las
12:30 PM, están invitados a llevar a sus
hijos al Salón de los Caballeros de Colón
para recibir un regalo de los Reyes y
compartir un poco. Para recibir el
regalo hay que asistir a la Misa
donde va a recibir un boleto gratis.
Este boleto o “ticket” va a permitirle entrar y ver los Reyes y recibir el regalo.
Sin boleto, no puede entrar.
Estamos muy agradecidos por toda la ayuda que ustedes dieron durante estos días
de festividades. La fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, La Novena de Navidad,
El Drama de Navidad por los jóvenes, los
adornos que tenemos en la Capilla y Iglesia resultaron bien por el trabajo y los
donativos suyos! GRACIAS!
From Fr. Chris N
The time of waiting and expectation has ended. If we have done our homework and
Prepared the Way of the Lord…that long bumpy and pot-hole riddled road to our hearts, than
Jesus Christ our Savior has been born in our hearts. This is the one thing that Christ wants
from us: to be re-born in the hearts of those who believe in him. We, the Church, are his
legacy, we are his family. Today we celebrate Emmanuel: God is with us. Perhaps over the
next two weeks, the duration of the Christmas liturgical Season we can reflect on the meaning
of Emmanuel and thank our God for the greatest give anyone can give….the gift of oneself. I
am sure that during this holiday season much time, money, and patience has been spent
looking for and buying all those perfect gifts for family and friends and this is all part of the
season; however the best gift of all is the gift of one’s presence and this is the gift that God
gives us today.
I want to thank all the people of St. John of God…this is a wonderful
community in so many ways. I pray that God continues to bless all of
you and your families. I pray that we all recognize that one singular gift
that our God gives us: our Savior and our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Blessings Always, Fr. Chris N.
De Padre Chris N.:
El tiempo de la espera y expectación ha terminado. Si hemos hecho nuestra tarea y
Preparado el Camino al Señor…ese camino a nuestros corazones que es largo y lleno de
muchos huecos, entonces Jesucristo, nuestro Salvador ha nacido en nuestros corazones. Esa es
la única cosa que Cristo quiere de nosotros: ser renacido en los corazones de los que creen en
él. Nosotros, la Iglesia, somos su legado, somos la familia de Él. Hoy celebramos al Emanuel:
Dios está con nosotros. Quizás, durante las dos semanas próximas, la duración de la Estación
Litúrgica de Navidad podamos reflexionar en el sentido del Emanuel y dar gracias a nuestro
Dios por el regalo más grande que cualquiera pueda dar..el regalo de si mismo. Estoy seguro
que durante esta estación de fiestas mucho tiempo, dinero, y paciencia hayan sido gastado
buscando y comprando todos los regalos perfectos por la familia y por los amigos y todo eso es
parte de la estación; sin embargo, el mejor regalo de todo es el regalo de la presencia y ese es
el regalo que Dios nos da hoy.
Quiero dar gracias a toda la gente de San Juan de Dios…esta es una
comunidad maravillosa en muchas maneras. Yo oro que Dios continúe
bendecir a todos de ustedes y sus familias. Oro que nosotros
reconozcamos el regalo único que nuestro Dios nos da: Nuestro
Bendiciones de Dios Siempre, Padre Chris N.

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