As Catholics across Long Island celebrated Little Christmas today, otherwise known as the Epiphany of the Lord or Three Kings Day, we gaze fondly upon the holiday decorations that will now be taken down. Although putting away the tree and lights may signify the end of Christmas to some, the Christmas season actually runs until February 2, Candlemas or the Presentation of the Lord, a full forty days of Catholic celebration.
Many parishes across Long Island are back to business raising funds and preparing for marches on Washington, beginning with an event towards the end of this week to support those Hurricane Sandy victims across Long Island devastated by the superstorm.
Hurricane Sandy Rally and Concert Night
On Friday, January 11, the Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will be hosting a Hurricane Sandy Rally and Concert night from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in the gymnasium of St. Bernard’s Church in Levittown.
Admission is a non-perishable food item and a suggested donation of $5 for an evening of entertainment that includes guest speakers, food, raffles and performances by the Music Ministry of St. Laudislaus of Hempstead, God Willing from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, Tom Rizzuto, songwriter, Unbroken Youth Minister Collaboration, and the comedy of Robert DiBella.
Reservations by January 9 are recommended to attend this event put together by the Catholic Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. All proceeds benefit those Long Islanders directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Raising Youth Leaders
Join Maria Cantasano, the Youth Minister from Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park as she shares her 21 years of experience in developing Catholic youth leaders on Long Island at the Cure’ of Ars Youth Centre in Merrick on Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee for the Raising Youth Leaders Workshop is $30, which includes breakfast and a workshop guide.
United for Life
Catholics throughout the parishes of Long Island are once again preparing to march on Washington D.C. to protest the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on January 25. Contact your church or click here for more information.
Diocesan Respect for Life Contest
“Faith Opens our Eyes to Human Life in all its Grandeur and Beauty” is this year’s theme for the 11th annual Youth Respect Life Contest for all Catholic children in grades 7-12 either enrolled in Catholic School or attending religious education, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Groups and Choirs within the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The deadline for all entries is January 29 with the Youth Awards Ceremony being held on March 14. For more information on how to enter your Long Island Catholic organization, click here.
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