2007-09-14 / Letters

Beach Mass Celebrates Feast Of St.Mary Star Of The Sea

Dear Editor,

I believe I speak for the entire parish communities of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude the Great, who were privileged to participate in a special beach Mass on September 8, 2007. The community celebrated the Feast of St. Mary Star of the Sea, during the parish's 150th anniversary year.

How wonderful it was to see Beach 14 Street packed with an overflowing crowd of people. One could notice the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit working. Even those boardwalk strollers and beachgoers not committed to any special religion seemed to have a desire to come into contact with the "transcendent," as so many stopped to spend time with us, to ask questions and to experience our celebration. Without a doubt, this was the finest beach mass celebration Far Rockaway has ever had!

We were happy and honored to welcome Bishop Frank Caggiano, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and so many priest concelebrants. The Bishop's homily highlighted Mary, Mother of all nations, "star above the ocean," teaching us wisdom. We have always counted Bishop Caggiano as our special friend and thank him for all the support he has given to St. Mary's and St. Gertrude's, so that we can all work to build up God's Kingdom, here in Far Rockaway.

Finally, thanks to all who made this day possible, by their hard work and enthusiasm. Special gratitude to Father James Cunningham, Pastor, for his planning, leadership and coordination. The gift of his ministry to us is both inspirational and much appreciated.


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