Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1991-1996 - St Anthony - Rocky Point NY

Christmas Mass at Rocky Point

My second parish on Long Island was St Anthony of Padua in Rocky Point, where I spent 5 productive and learning working in every imaginable aspect of parish life. From lively Children's Masses, which included Gospel puppet shows to Marriage Encounter, from a very active Catholic Youth Organization to prayer meetings at the beach, from pre-Cana classes to a friendship with the founding pastor Msgr Vincent Margiotta who was in his 90s during my stay there. 
First Holy Communion in 1994

I worked well with the pastor Fr Joseph Coshignano and two hard-working Dominican sisters, one of whom coordinated the Religious Ed program and the other the social ministry. The well-known St Patrick's Day Parade was also an annual highlight for the entire parish, as was the active participation of the Folk Group, choir and the Christmas pageant which I coordinated as well as the weekly Holy Hour.

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