The Canons — Dom Daniel, Dom Elias & Dom Gabriel — held missions in St. Patrick & St. Rocco in March, 2011. At that time, they also celebrated the patronal feast with St. Patrick’s for the first time, participated in the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Blessing of the Table of St. Joseph for the Sons of Italy and attended the confirmations at St. Rocco. Now a year later, they are no longer guests, but now together with Dom Bruno call Glen Cove home. Much has happened since our last update and we endeavor with this post to tell some of that story in pictures.
This year the Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosted a Mardi Gras party to raise fund for their charitable endeavors. Dom Daniel pitched in by making pancakes. They must have been good since he was sold out.
D. Benedict’s Nachprimiz at the Church of Saint Rocco
It is a noble custom of our abbey that a newly ordained canon make the rounds of the abbey parishes to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving (Nachprimiz) so that the new priest can impart his priestly blessing. Last Fall we welcomed Dom Maximilian. This winter, it was Dom Benedict’s turn. He and the other canons who are serving in Norway made a pastoral visit the Canonry of St. Leopold in February.
Solemn Vespers at St. Patrick-on-the-Hill
With numerous lay faithful in attendance, seven canons sang Evening Prayer for the second Sunday of Lent. This was the largest gathering of canons of Klosterneuburg in the New World ever!
Confirmations at St. Patrick & St. Rocco
Bishop Murphy customarily celebrates the confirmations during the first year of a new pastor’s assignment. St. Patrick and St. Rocco, therefore, welcomed the bishop of Rockville Centre to celebrate confirmations on March 10th and March 19th.
Glen Cove’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The annual parade took place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, March 18th. The Canons joined Fr. Bob Romeo, pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in neighboring Sea Cliff and local Dean, at the parade. The route runs about a half an hour by foot. The entire parade took over two hours.
There are many other stories to tell about our new life in America but no photos to show. It suffices to say that we are very happy in our new home in America. Our canonical life has taken shape. We have prayed the office daily in the parish church of St. Patrick since last August. The day ordinarily starts at 5:45 a.m. with Matins & Lauds. At midday, we pray Sext & in the evening, generally at 5:15 we prayer Vespers and Compline, following the custom of Klosterneuburg, whichpermits common prayer more easily in the context of a busy pastoral life. We have received numerous guests and most importantly, we have been warmly embraced by the people of St. Patrick & St. Rocco. We look forward to doing great things for God together.
A special thanks to Rocco Ieraci and Tony Gallego for the many wonderful photographs.
A blessed Holy Week & Happy Easter!