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4545-14 245th Street

Douglaston, NY 1136211362-1135
Phone: (718) 631631-4454
Fax: (718) 631631-1774

Douglaston-Little Neck
Salus Animarum Suprema Lex

August 31, 2008

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rev. Msgr. George J. Ryan, Pastor

Rev. William A. McLaughlin
Rev. Chris J. Piasta, OFM
Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cantley, S.T.D.,

Pastor Emeritus
Rectory Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:15 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 9:15 AM to 1 PM
Mrs. Betty Harris, Secretary
Mrs. Ann Larkin, Accounting Admin.
St. Anastasia School:
45-11 245th Street
Mrs. Lucy Mihulka, Principal
Phone: (718) 631-3153; (718) 631-3155
Religious Education & CCD Office:
Mrs. Janine Kramer, Directress
Phone: (718) 225-5191
Music Minister:
Mr. Joseph C. Extejt
Weekend Masses:
Saturday Vigil at 5:30
Sundays 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM & 5 PM
Weekday Masses:
Monday thru Saturday at 8:30 AM
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays 44:30 PM
Holy Days and Special Liturgies:
Mass schedules will be printed in the
Bulletin at the appropriate time.
Miraculous Medal Novena:
Mondays after 8:30 AM Mass

All new families are welcome to the Parish and every family should be properly registered.
Registration forms are available at the Rectory.
Use of the electronic giving (Faith Direct) or envelope system is required if statement of
contribution is sought for tax purposes. All parishioners should use either one of the donation forms. If you move or change your address, please notify the Rectory by mail.
First Sunday of each month at 1:30 PM only. Parents should make arrangements by calling the Rectory no later than 2 weeks before the Baptism.
Parents must attend the Baptism instructions before Baptism
Time available: Saturday 11 AM-3 PM; Sunday 2:30 PM-3 PM
Couples must make arrangements six months prior to the selected date of their marriage
and fully participate in the Pre-Cana Parish at home.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
It is the process for adults wishing to become Catholic, complete their sacramental initiation, or attain full membership in the Church. For further information, please contact
Ms. Janine Kramer


ather Tom McNamara, a

Capuchin from St. Joseph
the Worker in East Patchogue,
Long Island, is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Nonstop flight from JFK. Sites
to be visited: Sea of Galilee,
Jordan River, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jericho, Jerusalem, Masada, Dead Sea, and more.
Date: January 11-20, 2009
For more information, call
Mike Milano (M & M Travel)
at 1-800-773-2660.

Leisure Club News

gram, or to register for the upcoming weekend beginning

Friday, September 5, 2008
Please call 1-800 470-2230 and
you will be connected directly
to a couple from Long Island /
Metro Retrouvaille.

Capuchin Pilgrimages

apuchin Franciscan Friars: Fr. Michael Marigliano, Fr. Michael Sevigny, and
Fr. Phil Romano will be leading pilgrimages to Holy sites
around the world this fall: Proceeds benefit the work of the
Franciscans. For more information, please contact Franciscan
Spirit Tours at (646) 736-7964

he First meeting of The

Leisure Club will take
place on Tuesday, September
9, 2008 in Fr. Smith Hall at
1:454:00 PM

or on the web at:

how "The Producers"

Wednesday, September
24, 2008 at Westchester Dinner
Cost: $75 per person (includes

rip to Nashville, Tennessee

October 1218, 2008
Cost: $595 pp all included except dinners.
Anyone interested in any of
them, please call Peggy
McKeon at (718) 428-2833.

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o you feel alone? Are you

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Pilgrimage to the Holy


August 31, 2008

Tea with Spirit

he former students and
Staff of Dominican Commercial High School are invited to attend a special celebration at the Queen of the
Rosary Motherhouse of the
Sisters of St. Dominic at 555
Albany Avenue, Amityville ,
on Sunday afternoon, September 21, 2008 Please call Benincasa Family Services at
(631) 842-6000 Ext. 351 or
email if
you would like to receive an

Dominican Village

ominican Village is a notfor profit, independent

and Assisted Living Retirement Community sponsored by
the sisters of St. Dominic.
Conveniently located on a
sprawling, 13-acre campus
Offering outstanding programs,
all inclusive services and
bountiful amenities.
Please join us for an Open
House on Tuesday, August
26th, between 24 PM.
For more information, or to
schedule a tour at your conven-

ience, contact us today at:

(631) 842-6091or email us at:, or
call Lisa at (516) 672-3851 as
soon as possible.

of Relationships

Pilgrimage to Mexico

etreat for he weekend and

join us as we explore the
spiritual principles that lead to
healthier and happier relationships in all areas of our lives.
The Spirituality of Relationships: Finding Peace With
God, Ourselves and Others,
will take place on September
12-14 (beginning Friday evening at 7:30 PM and concluding with lunch on Sunday) at
the Immaculate Conception
Center in Douglaston. Cost is
$200. For more information or
to register visit

ovember 5th-11th, 2008

Spiritual Director Fr.
Joseph Franco from Sacred
Heart Church in the Bronx:
Join Rosary For Life to Shrine
of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Mexico City, Puebla, Ocotian
Tiaxcala, Taxco, Pyramids of
Sun and Moon, and more...
Call Susan at: Little Flower
Tours and Travel(718) 7611251

Glorious St Paul,
Most zealous Apostle,
Martyr for the love of Christ,
Give us a deep faith,
A steadfast hope,
A burning love for our Lord
So that we can proclaim with you
It is no longer I who live, but Christ
who lives in me.
Help us to become apostles
Serving the Church with a pure heart
Witnesses to her truth and beauty
Amidst the darkness of our days.
With you we praise God our Father
To Him be the glory,
in the Church and in Christ
Now and for ever.

Welcome Back!

Dear Parishioners,

Mrs. Lucy Mihulka

Principal, St. Anastasia School

e hope everyone enjoyed their summer vacation.

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 3 for
grades K to 8. On Wednesday, September 3rd,
students in grades K to 8 should arrive between 8 and
8:15AM to Father Smith Hall. For working parents, we continue to offer the free morning child care program. Your children may be dropped off as early as 7:30AM at Father Smith
Hall. Letters were sent to all new students and to the students
of grades N and PreK regarding school procedures, times and
programs. If anyone has questions, please feel free to call the

There will be a noon dismissal on September 3, 4, and 5. Full

day classes begin Monday, September 8 for grades K to
8. PreK classes begin on Monday, September 8 and Nursery
begins on Tuesday, September 9. Separate PreK and N
schedules will be distributed during their orientation on
Thursday, September 4. Nursery orientation is scheduled for
10AM and PreK orientation is scheduled for 12Noon on
Thursday, September 4th. A separate communication was
sent to Nursery and PreK parents with all the pertinent information.
The opening school liturgy will take place on Wednesday,
September 10 at 11AM. All are invited.
A Catholic education is a life changing opportunity. The students at St. As stand out academically, technologically, culturally and spiritually. You want to give them every opportunity. A limited number of scholarships are available please
call the office and inquire.
Our state test scores show that we meet or exceed the area
schools, both public and private. We provide many extras
such as a brand new state of the art computer lab, SMARTboards, a new science lab, art and music programs, library
program, extra curricular activities and much more. As our
Middle School parents have been communicated, their new
Math and Science Teacher, Mr. Abaya will also be teaching
Math 9 to the eligible students this year. Please take a tour of
the school and consider becoming part of the St. Anastasia
Volunteers would be appreciated for the new school year to
help with lunch duty, morning duty (we offer free morning
care from 7:30AM on) and to help on the various fundraising
committees. Please consider giving your time to benefit the

Msgr. George Ryan

Pastor, St. Anastasia Parish

s Summer winds down I want to report on the Summer Program the Parish sponsoredCELEBRATE
SUMMER 2008. It was a grand success. It ran for
eight weeks. There were 206 children registered. Unfortunately, we had to cut off registration near the opening of the
program so the schedules of teachers and counselors could be
I am so grateful to the Co-Directors, Mrs. Janine Kramer and
Ms. Kelly Larkin. They were terrific from the registrations in
the Spring until the cleanup at the end. Everything was so
organized that there were no mishaps the entire summer. This
being the first time for the program shows all the work they
did behind the scenes. Their daily enthusiasm and concern
for the children was inspiring to all. I thank them in the name
of all the Parish. Moreover they recruited a great staff who
were zealous in making the program provide a great time for
the children. So a word of special appreciation to the teachers,
counselors, volunteers, seminarians who took registration
each day, kitchen staff and maintenance staff. The program was a success because of all your cooperation and goodwill.
Here are some letters we received. First, from a camper:
Thank you for making my summer so much fun! I appreciate
all of your attention and supportthis was the best camp
From parents: My children were fortunate to have attended
the camp program for three weeks this summer. My children
had a fabulous time and could not wait to get up the next
morning for another day of fun. The counselors and aids went
above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate the children. The love and care my children received was outstanding. I would also like to commend you on the security
measures to keep the children safe. It was reassuring that the
children were safe.
Thank you for a fun, safe place to go this summer. My children enjoyed going to camp every day. We loved the caring
people and flexible schedule. We hope to return again next
I also must add that the children gave the Parish Staff much
enjoyment as we watched them play water games and sprinkler play on the lawn opposite from the Rectory. It was a
blessing to see children have fun.
God continues to smile on our Parish!

The faculty and staff are eager to welcome the students

back. Please keep the students in your prayers as they prepare to begin another exciting year with academic and spiritual growth at St. Anastasia School.


Spirituality for Women

Evening Spirituality Series
Each session will explore unique ways
to enrich our faith, through
reflection, prayer and sharing, using
Joyce Rupps May I Have This Dance?
Tuesday, September 9th Instruments of God
Tuesday, October 7th The Falling Leaves
Tuesday, November 18th Faithful Love
Tuesday, December 2nd Homecoming
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: St. Robert Bellarmine School Hall
Facilitator: Maryann Villanti, (718) 423-5272
Materials will be supplied


Volunteers needed
This years Fall Carnival will
Provide fun for all , but in order
to make it as big a success as it
has been in the past we are in
need of Volunteers
Food and Beverage Court and
Security we cant do it without
Please call Betty the Rectory
(718) 631-4454
If your child attends the school the
hours will count toward your volunteer time.


Register now!
St. Anastasia School office is opened
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 10:00
12:00 Noon
If you are interested in Registration for September,
you may call the office at (718) 631-3153 during
that time or leave a message, and your call will be
returned as soon as possible.


Join the Boy Scouts!

St. Anastasia sponsors Scouting for boys of
Cub Scout age (first through third grades), Webelos (starts in 4th grade) and Boy Scouts,
around 11 to 18. Our Pack and Troop 153 have
been busy all summer, camping and hiking in
the Catskills, earning merit badges, learning to
swim, attending Scout camp as a family and
going to a camp just focused on aquatics. It
was a great time! Thank you for your support.
We are proud to announce that there are two
new Eagle Scouts in the Troop: Kenneth
Beattie, and Kevin O'Connell.
Information on joining for September can be
obtained by calling Tom McGlinchey, the parish
Scouting representative, at (718) 224 9634.




Yesterday is the first international feature film ever shot in

the Zulu language, and is the first South African film to
receive an Oscar nomination (in the category of Best
Foreign Language Film). Equally important, Yesterday
was made with the support of Nelson Mandela and the
Nelson Mandela Foundation, marking an important new
commitment by Mandela (and South Africa) to attempt to
erase the long- standing stigma of AIDS in a country that
has been ravaged by it, primarily from lack of knowledge
about the disease.

What will you do

Sunday night?
About St. Anastasia Youth Group:
We are not a school group, although we meet
at school
We are 8-graders and high school age
Most of us are Catholic, but not all
We want something more in life
Sometimes we dare to be different
And of course we love pizza

Set against the awesome, harsh landscapes of South Africa, Yesterday is an eloquent, unsentimental film that quietly builds an overwhelming emotional force. The film's
title protagonist is a 30-year-old mother who lives in Rooihoek, a remote village in South Africa's Zululand. Yesterday's life is not easy; there's little money, no modern conveniences, and her husband is away in Johannesburg
working as a miner. But she possesses a sunny nature,
and takes great joy in her seven-year-old daughter Beauty
(Lihle Mvelase). The precarious balance of Yesterday's life
is threatened when she is diagnosed with AIDS, and must
journey afar to learn about and confront her illness. Yesterday's primary driving force for survival is her daughter,
who is a year away from starting school. Yesterday herself
never had the chance to go to school, and as she faces
her affliction she sets her sights on a single goal: to be
with Beauty on her first day of class, along with all the
other proud mothers of Rooihoek.
South Africa (2004), R (violence) , 96 min

Thursday, September 18 at 7 PM
Youth & Young Adults Center
(Entrance adjacent to the church, 2nd floor)
$3 cover wine, soda & snacks

Txt some friends and come to see us at our Youth

Center (entrance adjacent to the church) on

Sunday, September 7 at 6 PM.

Pizza & soda
We will plan the Fall semester (lock-in, camping,
BBQ, and such).
CU |

Movie Club is offered to adults only. We are selecting movies that are
interesting, inspiring, sometimes forgotten, thought-provoking and
artistically significant. We use the Youth Center, which is equipped
with AC, comfy couches, decent stereo sound and big-size projection
screen. Snacks, wine and soda are served.

Bread & Wine


August 30September 6, 2008


5:30 PM Barbara Cordes Gill



*** Nicholas Giardina ***


8:00 AM Nicholas Giardina

10:00 AM
12:00 PM
5:00 PM




Rectory office closed

{ Remember }
Please remember in your prayers all the sick
of our Parish Community, especially:

Ruth Marchese
Annette Montello

8:30 AM Anne and Paul ODonohue



8:30 AM Frances Pietromonaco


Pope, noted for liturgical reform and chant; patron
saint of music

8:30 AM Beatrice T. Seagrave, Mass of Thanksgiving

Next week:

Mommy & Me on Wednesday

Spanish Prayer Group on Thursday
Calendar for September



8:30 AM Joseph & John Longo



8:30 AM Joseph Caeti and Nicholas Scarangella

Promote our Bulletin!

Do you own a business? Do you advertise in our
Bulletin? Have copies of our weekly publication at
your office! Show your customers your involvement
in our Parish. Be proud of our community! Share
the good news from St. Anastasia! Call the Rectory
for details.

The Mommy and Me group here at St. Anastasia

continues to meet throughout the Summer.
They meet in the Annex on Wednesdays at 11AM.



8:30 AM John McLaughlin and Eleanor & Albert LoPresti

New features in the Bulletin

With the new school year we would like to introduce new
and exciting features in our Bulletin. We would like to insert
four new sections in a form of one page (section) a week.
Every section would focus on one subject, such as cooking,
home care, pet care, health advises, season advises etc.
With your help, these thematic sections would be published
regularly on a monthly basis, such as e.g. cooking on the
first Sunday of the month and so on.
That is why we invite you to join us in publishing these sections. We are looking for all sorts of help, as short as your
recipes, and as elaborate as monthly columnists.
We have an impressive local and church publication, that
can reach out much further to many residents of Douglaston, Little Neck and neighborhood areas. With your help, we
can become even better tool for our Parish and our community. Please help us. If interested, call Fr. Chris at (718) 631