We are happy to share the reflections, memories and histories that have been submitted during this jubilee Time of Favor. (Note: Memories are arranged alphabetically by last name of submitter)

St. Elizabeth Adult Choir Music Ministry

Reflections by Mary Farmer

In keeping with the statement of Vatican II that “the musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art” (Sancrosantum Concilium 112), the adult choir of St. Elizabeth has been an integral part of our liturgical celebrations since it’s inception in the early 1960’s. The group has had several directors over the years beginning with Lou Valentino, who led the choir for their performances at the Vatican Pavilion of the World’s Fair in 1965, resulting in publication of an LP album of the event. Other directors included Sr. Sheila O’Shea, Michael Brown, Patrick Carlin, Paul Eschenauer and our current music director, Virgil Barkauskas. Many of you may also remember some of the parishioners who accompanied the choir on the organ, including Sandy Andreucci, Teddie Hoffmann, and Margaret Mary Novak. In years past the adult choir has been invited to participate in several concerts, which include those for Habitat for Humanity, ecumenical concerts on and off site, the multi-choir Passion Concerts at St. Elizabeth as well as singing as part of the National Pastoral Musicians Choir Festival. A few of our singers, Una DeGeorge, Mary Farmer and Mary Schaefer were also privileged to be part of a select diocesan choir that traveled to Rome in 2007 to sing at the Holy Father’s mass at St. Peter’s as well as several major churches in Rome and Assisi. You may remember some of those choir stalwarts who are now singing with the heavenly choir, most especially Cathy Occiogrosso, Peggy Schinnerer and Kevin Quinn.

St. Elizabeth adult choir has a long and storied history of enhancing prayer and leading people deeper into the liturgical mystery. We pray that many more will stand on that foundation and raise their voices in song for generations to come. Alleluia!

Family Rosary Group

Reflections by Mike Lillis and Paul Pileggi

The family rosary ministry began in 1997. Leaders have been Paul and Denise Pileggi. This ministry was highlighted in the stewardship video a few years back for the parish! We helped the summer vacation Bible camp to make rosaries many years ago.. We feel that families who wish to pray together stay together! We also realize the amazing power of praying the family rosary Our Membership: We have had over 100 different people who come and go but remember this ministry as they journey through life!

Ladies Auxiliary K of C Council 5753

Reflections by Eileen Nisler, Lillian Sharkey, Margo Mladnich, Irene Barrett

In 1970 South Huntington Kof C Council 5753 voted to invite their wives to become part of the council. Since the Columbiettes were strictly Catholics,  it was suggested the women form an Auxiliary to accommodate all wives. Knights did not have a formal meeting hall at this time therefore, the ladies met at Mary Vaness’ home for their first get together.  Present at this meeting were Patricia Coleman, Mary Vaness, Norma Signorelli, Bertha Elsmer, Dot Brown, Helen Selmer and Eileen Nisler. Patricia Coleman was elected first President. By-laws were drawn-up and thus, South Huntington Ladies Auxiliary Kof C Council 5753 came into being. Our first social was an “Italian Comic Football Wedding” held in Thrifty Beverage Hall. Everyone had a great time and we were on our way to success and enjoyment. More members were attracted to our auxiliary while attending the K of C Bowling League dinners. The Knights held Bingo in the Electricians Hall every week. Our ladies manned the kitchen which was very profitable. Profits were used by the Knights to help purchase a house on “Old East Neck Road”. This house proved to be a great investment. Our meetings both the Knights and the Auxiliary were held every month. The ladies sponsored cake sales twice a year, cooked corned beef dinners for St. Patrick’s Day dance and bus trips to A.C. All became very active. The Auxiliary assisted Knights with the family picnics attended Broadway shows, baseball games at Shea Stadium and a party for the children at Christmas. The children still talk about “Santa”. Our children were a big part of the Knights and Auxiliary. They were encouraged to participate in many activities, especially helping the needy. Many happy years were spent on Old East Neck Rd. Many lasting friendships were formed. Although, we had many fun times, the goal to help others was never forgotten. Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, Cleary Home for the Deaf and many more charities were endowed by the Ladies. In 1995 our house was sold and we moved to St. Elizabeth of Hungry Parish. We then became St. Elizabeth of Hungry Ladies Auxiliary K of C. Our Auxiliary assists the Parish in many capacities-Food Pantry, Religious Education, and Eucharistic Ministers to Hospitals.  Hospitality Ladies help whenever called upon. We had two cake and plant sales a year until recently, now we have one for both.  We also assist at the Knights Parish breakfast, and sell chances.  We have donated drapes and rugs for St E’s Sanctuary and alter cloth to be used for our Jubilee. We donate to St. E’s and other charities including: Regina Residence, Little Flower, Covenant House, Salvation Army, Long Island Cares, Life Center of L.I., and Habitat for Humanity, Infant Burial. Our Auxiliary membership roaster is getting low, yet we still accomplish much. We invite you to join us. We meet the third Wednesday every month at 8 pm in the K of C room. Help us grow and continue our important work. Ladies Auxiliary Presidents 1970 – 1971              Patricia Coleman 1971 – 1972              Dorothy Brown 1972 – 1974             Diane Ward 1974 – 1975             Eileen Nisler 1975 – 1976              Nina Giangrande 1976 – 1978             Margaret Moriarity 1978 – 1979             Viki Danielik 1979 – 1981              Maureen Kubasky 1981 – 1982              Agnes McNally 1982 – 1983             Rose Moriarity 1983 – 1984             Peg Vito 1984 – 1986             Mary Stork 1986 – 1987             Lillian Sharkey 1987 – 1988             Beverly Senholzi 1988 – 1990             Carol Lonergan 1990 – 1992             Patricia Coleman 1992 – 1993             Maureen Kubasky 1993 – 1995             Anne Minot 1995 – 1997             Barbara Faha 1997 – 1998             Mary Koch 1998 – 2001             No President; officers took turns as Chair 2001 – 2002             Donna Arnone 2002 – 2005             Irene Barrett 2005 – 2006             Joan Caruso 2006 – 2009             No President 2009 – Present          Lillian Sharkey and co-chair Irene Barrett

Consolation

Memories of Molly Pepino

The consolation ministry started on September 1, 1992. Sister Mary Alice Piil and Sister Irene Scerola along with Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco Rocco began with the ministry in September 1992. Our consolation parishioners are dedicated, caring, responsible and are willing to give what ever is asked of them. We are here to assist families in the grief and sorrow and help them and always during a funeral. To be available whenever called on to help is our mission. We attempt to always be part of a working, prayerful, community. Current members are Carmela Barecca, Marion Ambrosiano, Peggy Cannon, Sheila Pio, Molly Pepino, Lillian Sharkey, Maureen Teresky, Jean Wendell, Pat Delaney, Charlie Kerner, Ed Vasta and Alan Thompson. For me personally, being part of the start of St. Elizabeth was an exciting time – – to grow with the new parish – – to participate – – volunteering as teacher (home program), St. Vincent de Paul Society – – nursing home – – L I. O. C. Volunteer, Rosary secretary, start of parish outreach, Eucharistic minister in 1979, Regina Award in 1982. For me personally, being part of the start of St. Elizabeth was an exciting time – – to grow with the new parish – – to participate – – volunteering as teacher (home program), St. Vincent de Paul Society – – nursing home – – L I. O. C. Volunteer, Rosary secretary, start of parish outreach, Eucharistic minister in 1979, Regina Award in 1982.

Addition Consolation Memories of Rosemary Cover

 I went through some old notes on the beginning of the Ministry of Consolation. In September, 1991, Sr. Mary Alice Piil and I had a discussion on the “new” rites for Christian funerals adopted after Vatican II. She gave me a copy of the “Order of Christian Funerals” to read. We met a few weeks later to begin discussion on a ministry that would more fully implement the rite in Saint Elizabeth. I found some other books to use as reference at the local Catholic book store. One of the books was written by a priest from the Diocese of Chicago. From that Diocese, I got the names of parishes that had implemented a ministry in some form and contacted them for ideas. They used the term “Bereavement Ministry” so we started with that name. At our third meeting in the beginning of October, we invited Sr. Irene Scarola. We formulated a general direction and Sr. Irene brought our ideas to the Pastoral Team for approval. She and Fr. Michael Holzmann attended the next meeting where we framed an outline of the ministry, job descriptions for positions we felt would be integral and a timeline for implementation.  We were conscious of the fact that we would need positions that would incorporate the variety of gifts of time and talent of our parishioners. The ministry would include: companions – people who would be present to the family and help plan any of liturgical rites the family wanted; coordinators – people who would organize everything necessary to meet the individual needs of each family; cake bakers – people who would bring a cake and note from the parish to the principal mourners; booklets – people who would help the morning of the funeral by preparing the booklets and attending the Mass. In January, 1992, we met with the priests of the parish (Msgr. Arthur Kane, Fr. Bruce Powers, Fr. Michael Holzmann and Fr. Robert Kayser) along with representatives from the two local funeral parlors to present the ministry and how it could integrate with what was currently being done. The representatives from the funeral parlors were thrilled to have someone from the parish help with readings and music but were apprehensive about anyone else placing the pall. We had to actually have a “walk through” to help them see it could work. I spoke at all the Masses in early February and we included a flier in the bulletin for a few weeks inviting everyone to a meeting. Fr. Bruce spoke to place of the ministry in the Parish, Sr. Irene reviewed the rite and I explained our ideas for the ministry. From there, anyone interested attended three workshops given by Sr. Irene, Fr. Michael and I. Pat Harrigan took the position of Coordinator and compiled lists of names and positions of interest. Those interested in the position of companion (Carmela Baracca, Lillian Sharkey and I) met separately a number of times with Fr. Michael and Sr. Mary Alice to better understand all of the funeral rites and the readings. The Diocese of Chicago had sent additional readings they had approved. It was my feeling that while the new rite changed the liturgy and the vestments from black to white that there was a lack of any meaningful changes in the readings. The list was sent to the Pastoral Team for approval along with music selections we wanted to include in a booklet. The ministry officially began on May 1, 1992. Not long after, we realized we needed lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and alter servers. I attended a meeting of each of the Mass Teams to recruit. A number of men attended a workshop with Fr. Michael and alter servers were added in September, 1992. There are a number of stories written about parishioners and how the ministry was present in their lives in the book Sr. Mary Alice, Fr. Joe and I wrote. You are free to use all or portions of any story. Religion and People (RAP) Ministry I also remembered a ministry under the leadership of Fr. Jim Wood. Couples met in their home with teenagers. Alex and I were part of the ministry for three years. Unfortunately, I can’t remember any of the details and can’t find any of the lesson plans.

CYO Soccer Ministry

By John Kozlowski

A.    When did you begin?  1963 B.    Who were your Leadership?  John F. Kozlowski (2004 – present) James Clementi (2004) Scott Solar (2003) (Player 1960’s & 1970’s) Sonny Berberich (pre-2002) Pat Brady (1990s) Joe Lombardi (1960’s to 1980’s) Rocco Ambrosi (1960s to 1980’s) Others - Probably 1960s, 1970s: Charlie Sanaga Al Ruenes Mike Martino Larry Pagliaro John Garganno Joe Horsch Linda Di Scala Juergen Luebker C.    What are some of the highlights of your years as part of the parish? *Almost doubling the size of the number of children playing in the program from 500 in 2005 to almost 1000 in 2011 *Various fundraising intramural tournaments 1. The Chris Stewart Soccer Festival (2009) – Chris Stewart, an active soccer board member for many years, lost his battle to cancer early 2009. 2. The 2011 Soccer Festival for Danny Alini (2010) – Danny Alini, a player in the club suffering from lymphoblastic leukemia and is undergoing chemo and spinal taps. *Volunteer Service Awards to recognized members each year * Inception of TOPsoccer for Special Needs Children under Patti Wendell ( 2008 – present) D.    What sort of parishioners are part of your ministry/organization?  The St. Elizabeth CYO Soccer Club provides programs for children 3 years and older. We have several divisions including Mommy/Daddy and Me, Pee-Wee, Micro, Intramurals, Interleague (SSI), Developmental (SSI), and TOPSoccer. Organizing players in the community and having them participate in a non-competitive soccer environment E.    What is your “mission statement”? Sports, well understood and practiced... contributes to the development of the whole person because it demands generous effort, careful self-control, mastery of self and respect for others, complete commitment and team spirit... these values contribute to the building up of tomorrow's well-ordered society which we have characterized as the 'civilization of love.'" These words of Pope Paul VI echo the thoughts of Bishop Gerald J. Ryan when he established CYO on Long Island. They echo still today as CYO labors to provide quality athletic programs which foster personal growth, the dignity of each individual, and understanding of true sportsmanship. The goal of CYO is to help young athletes discover and develop their talents by providing an atmosphere of fair play and sportsmanship; by instilling discipline and self-confidence, and by building pride and self-respect. In order to achieve this goal, the members of CYO (directors, coaches, coordinators, officials, parents and other program volunteers), recognize that their actions have a dramatic impact on the children participating in the program. What children experience in the CYO program will shape their future: "Children learn what they live." Sometimes it's so easy to think of the Church as apart from our daily lives. We must remember that the Church is not a building - it's us! Each of us is responsible for its growth and the success of its mission. As individual Christians, we are called to bear witness to Christ in our daily lives: where we live; where we work; and where we play. We are called to use our unique God given strengths and talents to bring all people to God. This is our vocation as Christians. When people who are active in the church building are also active in the lives of its children, this message comes across loud and clear. F.    Other areas: Linda Kozlowski and her brothers Fred and Rich Novak played together in the 1960's. Scott Solar’s brothers also played

 G.  Current St. Elizabeth CYO Soccer Club Board President                                                        John F. Kozlowski Vice President                                                            Vacant Secretary                                                         James Martin Business Manager                                         John Seiter Club Registrar                                                            Linda Kozlowski Referee Coordinator                                      John Seiter Assistant Referee Coordinator                                  Peter Wegele PeeWee/Micro Coordinators                         Peter Wegele Lower Division Coordinator                          Jim Keller Interleague Coordinator                                Eric Wuss Assistant Interleague Coordinator                Alyson Kass-Eisler Trophy/Picture Day Coordinators                  Jean Lewin/ Amy Ortiz Equip./Field & Maintenance Coordinators   Ryan Proce Patch Coordinator                                          John Kozlowski Permit Coordinator                                        Alyson Kass-Eisler Web Master                                                    Dave Renkel Standing Member                                           Patti Wendell Standing Member                                           Tony Lorello

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Ministry

Reflections by Virginia Marchesiello

The Mission of the RCIA/RCIC is to give all those interested in the Catholic Faith a comprehensive education in the dogma and tradition of the Catholic Church, to enhance their spiritual life, and to assist them in true conversion. The ministry of RCIA provides a faith formation process to assist and support people as they journey to become Catholic. These individuals are welcomed as non-Catholics who are interested in joining the Catholic Church. The RCIA process has evolved at St. Elizabeth’s Parish over the past 50 years.  The Sacraments of Initiation at St. Elizabeth’s during the Easter Vigil dates back to nearly the beginning of the parish in Melville and has continued strong throughout the years. More than a hundred people have found Jesus Christ at St. Elizabeth’s through their faith journey and the guidance of the various RCIA teams. One notable change at the Easter Vigil took place when the church’s configuration was renovated back in 198?.  During that first Easter in the newly configured church the Catechumen physically stepped into the Baptismal Font to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.  This was a powerful sight for the parishioners.  Prior to the renovation the individuals had water poured only on their heads. The RCIA ministry is designed to help people grow in faith and knowledge of God and the practices of the Catholic faith. In summary the RCIA ministry is a mix of praying, learning about living a Catholic life,  and importantly how to build and grow in a relationship with God.

Novenas

Reflections by Alan Thompson

While at Adoration one evening, I looked up at the statue of the Blessed mother there in the  chapel of the Spiritual life Center and asked her what i could do that might please her. A few days later,after morning Mass i was approached by two friends who told me that the Paster had approved of introducing a novena during Adiporation. There was my answer form our blessed Mother! I chose the novena to Our Lady Of Perpetual Help because I remembered reciting it so many times at my old parish and it was a favorite of mine. After several presentations i felt it was so brief that there was room to add another novena. I spoke with Sr. Dymphna, who was then in charge of Adoration and we agreed that I should introduce the novena of The Divine Mercey. Sister asked if I planned to limit the time to just nine weeks but, I told her that I would like to continue without limitation. That was over nineteen years ago.  During all of the interviening years, I have been greatly blessed by leading this loyal group of  Adorers in these two novenas now said on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 P M. Eugenia Cote. About three years after Eugenia introduced those novenas, I was asked, as a Eucharistic Minister, to take charge of the Exposition Of The Blessed Sacrament on Friday mornings. Sr. Dymphna, who attended daily and who is fondly remembered by all who knew her and I discussed my leading a novena on Friday mornings. I chose one I liked and recall saying each Wednesday afternoo at St. Catherine of Senna parish school (St, Albans, Queens) - some 40 years before. It was the Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.   Sister then suggested that it would be nice to also have a novena to the Sacrad Heart. So, I began searching for one and found the one we use at a parish in NYC that I used to visit after work. Since introducing these two novenas some 17 years ago, we've  been saying them continuously at Adoration. Because of recent changes shortining the hours for Adoration they are now lead each Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM at the Spiritual Life Center. So with thanks to Mrs. Cote' and Sr. Dymphna, there are now four novenas ongoing you may choose from here St. Elizabeth's  parish. You would be most welcome to attend and to participate in lpersonal Adoration and prayer. There are such wonderful graces  gained by all who become Adorers of the Eucharist and by anyone participating in these novenas.  Why not plan to drop in sometime soon?  Both Eugenia and I can attest to the spiritual growth that takes place there. You  will  be so welcomed by Jesus who really yearns for your company.

Thanksgiving to Christmas

Reflections by Cindy Spira-Palumbo

  • This ministry began in the year 1997 under the direction of Dorothy Sexton.  I, myself, started in the year 2002
  • Leaderships and their dates of service are as follows. 1. Jo Ann Messina                  1997-2002 2. Michelle Bishoff                 2003-2005 3. Marie Dybec                       2006-2009 4. Cindy Spira Palumbo          2010- current
  • In 2004 we enhanced our efforts affirming the dignity and respect of our clients by giving them the responsibility and joy of choosing their own children’s gifts.  We asked for donations of gift cards to stores in the area through ornaments hung on our giving tree in the gathering area of the church.  This allowed our clients to shop for their own children’s needs and wants.In 2005 we asked the family program to have some of the younger teenagers get involved. The children help us sort and bag toiletries to distribute to our clients as they pick up their Thanksgiving baskets.
  • The committee organizes its activities so that a very large and diverse group of parishioners can be involved in a short term ministry.  From the older parishioners who are able to donate so much of their time, commitment and experience to our younger parishioners who are so willing and proud to be involved during our Thanksgiving food drive collecting, sorting, and checking expiration dates on donated food items that make up baskets for our clients to place on their holiday table. It serves me proud to unite this diverse group for one cause, where we are all working together to serve and restore the spirit of those who have been broken by hardships and misfortunes.
  • Our mission statement is to support the less fortunate by helping to provide dignity and respect through the love of Jesus.  We recognize Christ in all and are willing to serve others as we ourselves would wish to be served.In accomplishing all of this we spread love and good will to all who are placed upon us through God’s graces.  In helping the less fortunate I pray that we can all be grateful for our own blessings and truly appreciate what is ours great or small.
  • Current Membership includes
    • Cindy Spira-Palumbo
    • Pat Delcol
    • Joe and Barbara Potenza
    • Regina Goodman
    • Debbie Jacobs
  • Some past committee members
    • Karen Dowd
    • Eleanor Kaempf
    • Kimberly Delcol

Journey to Justice

Reflections by Charlie Kerner

The Journey to Justice ("JtJ") ministry evolved from a Peace and Justice Committee.  During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the chairperson of the committee was Eda Lorello, a staff member.  Long-term parishioners might remember its early members:  Pat and Larry Darcey, Bill and Pat Friedman, Terry and Alexis Stafford, Flo Rooney and Charles Kerner. After Eda moved, Charles Kerner became the chair until Journey to Justice started.  The activities centered on civil rights, nuclear disarmament and hunger.  We briefly hosted  Long Island Catholics for Peace.  Besides Dick and Mary Koch, Charles Kerner and Kathy Boylan, there were Rev. Ron Richardson, Rev. Bill Brisotti, and Sisters Eileen McCormack,O.P., Jean Clark, Mary Fritz and Christine Mulready. In April 1994, Journey to Justice (JtJ) started with a retreat.  The Conference of Catholic Bishops had urged parishes to sponsor such retreats.  Our Lady Queen of Martyrs joined us and after the retreat we had joint meetings.  Our charter members included Rocco Ameroso, Bob and Marian Mockrish, Shirley Bennet, L:illian Sharkey, Mary Farmer, Rita Hoeglmeier and an equal number of OLQM persons headed by Marilyn Borghard, totaling over 30. During the retreat we were brought to the Bellport-Hagerman-East Patchogue Alliance, a non-profit led by Helen Martin.  The Alliance bought abandoned houses and refurbished them into affordable rentals. The new JtJ hosted Rev. Roy Bourgeois, M.M. who spoke about the School of the Americas and its military effect on Latin America.  Those who supported Father Roy were Margot Mladinich, Jean and Hugh Stone, Sister Ann Marie Dean, Marguerite Jones and Al Canigiani.  Also, JtJ members marched across 42nd Street in Manhattan in the Pax Christi Good Fridays Peace Walk, which was a contemporary Stations of the Cross.  Once our members were joined by John Failla and his son Peter. Catholic Charities formed a diocesan Peace and Justice Commission.  Charles Kerner, as the chairman of the JtJ, served on that commission from 1993-1995. In 1995, representatives of St. Elizabeth and OLQM attended the Campaign for Human Development in Chicago, hosted by Cardinal Bernadine.  Shortly  thereafter, Marilyn Borghard informed us that OLQM resigned from our joint Journey to Justice.effort.  Mary Farmer served briefly as the chairperson of JtJ. JtJ members joined the Long Island Congregations (LICAN) that was seeded by $250,000 from the (Catholic) Campaign for Human Development.  Our members on its Housing Committee waged a three-year effort to secure affordable, non-age restricted housing at the Greens and the Sanctuary on Ruland Road. Several times a year our members have participated in activities and meetings of the diocesan Public Policy Education Network, led by Dr. Richard Koubek of Catholic Charities.  In addition, we became a covenant church for Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County. Since 1996, our members conducted an annual pasta dinner.  From the proceeds we gave $1000 to Housing Help to accompany a parish tithing grant of $10,000; $2525 to our parish outreach; and grants to Mercy Center and the WTC Disaster Relief Center.  All of that while charging only $7 for the dinner!  These dinners would not be possible without our cook, Cathy Cangemi, ably assisted by Bud Peyton, John Daddona, Tom Trunkes, Irene Barrett, Alice Oilveri, Joe Needham, Bill Staubitzer, Paul Kutasovic, and all of the members mentioned above. JtJ members wrote letters to our Congressmen for increases in the minimum wage, to preserve food stamps, and against sweatshops.  We signed petitions and attended public meetings on housing.  In 1998 JtJ joined the Labor-Religion Coalition. In 2004, Midge Thompson was elected chairperson of JtJ.  In the Kof C room here the Interfaith Coalition for Affordable Housing in Huntington (ICAHN) was formed.  It represented 23 congregations in the town.  ICAHN initiated annual inter-faith prayer celebrations on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  It is still organizing annual meetings that are attended by hundreds. Midge started our cooperation with Bread for the World, that entailed writing letters, and watching informative videos.  We also kept abreast of the activities of Network, a national social justice advocacy organization, founded by Catholic nuns.  By this time our pasta dinners raised a total of $5715 for various charities. Midge recruited JtJ and many parish members for the Huntngton Interfaith Housing Initiative.  About 25 homeless men are housed and fed from November to March . Midge organized teams to supply supper, overnight accommodations, breakfast and bag lunches for our guests. For the past few years St. Elizabeth’s has hosted HIHI on Fridays.  Other nights are covered by Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations. Acting as our parish representative, Midge served on a LICAN committee to reform sober houses on Long Island for recovering people. JtJ reached out to partner with the Peace and Justice Committee of St. Hugh of Lincoln.  As a result Marcia Specht has served as our most capable secretary. JtJ held a meeting about the creation of the Huntington Inter-Faith Affordable Housing Fund.  The parish supplied a $10,000 tithing grant to this revolving fund.  Midge represented our parish in the New York State Catholic Conference Forum that lobbies the legislature.  She also served on the steering committee of MICAH, an inter-faith campaign to end poverty on Long Island. JtJ started collections for Operation Rice Bowl.  The cardboard bowls are distributed at the beginning of Lent to mass goers and returned full of bills and coins by Palm Sunday.  Thus Catholic Relief Services has received $3000 to $5000 each year. In subsequent years, JtJ has jointly sponsored this with the Joy and Justice ministry. Parish regulations call for new leadership in ministries every three years.  Unfortunately in September, 2009, we could not supply a new chairperson and Journey to Justice ceased to exist.  Our mission statement recognized “the dignity and beauty of every person, and pledged intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice and to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection.”  Rather than treat the results of social sin, our goal was to help remedy the causes.  There is no other parish ministry designed to accomplish that.  Perhaps in the future this work will be done.  

Counters:

Reflections by Pat Kosubinksy

The original team was Jean McGloin, Kay Brady and (I think - give me a day on this one) it was Dawn Conway in the summer of 1963.  I think Fr. Kane and the "boys" did it until they found a reliable team.  My mom joined them in the Fall of 1963 and I was the sub when anyone had another appointment.  Counting was done in the Rectory (215 Pidgeon Hill Road) starting at 3 PM on Sunday.  (I remember clearly Fr. Rogers giving my  Mom and I the tutorial on "how to do it" and, how to work the change counter and roll the coins.  Lots of them in those days.)  After counting was finished the team then prepared the evening meal for Fr. Kane, Fr. Rogers and Fr. Moore (my memory serves me that they were quite the homebodies - rarely went out on Sunday).  Once the food was prepared- we rang the little bell, which now sits on the front desk in the Center - to alert the priests that supper was ready (big dinner was served to them by the housekeeper after the last mass).  We were then to retreat to another area of the house until the bell rang again and we went back in to clear the table, serve desert and cleanup the kitchen!  Could you just scream-laugh picturing this whole scenario happening today? I don't recall too much about the predecessors other then George Pepino and I think Ray Murphy.

Compassionate Callers Ministry History

Reflections by Nancy Dunn

  • When did you begin? 2005
  • Who were your Leadership?Anita Dos Santos was and is currently still the team leader of this ministry. Chris Sailon and Nancy Dunn were original members and are still members to this day.
  • What are some of the highlights of your years as part of the parish? We really don’t have any….this is a quiet, behind the scenes type ministry.
  • What sort of parishioners are a part of your ministry/organization?      Chris and I (Nancy) feel that we bring a true sense of compassion and empathy to our ministry.  We listen with a loving ear and a kind heart, and assure those on the prayer list that their St Elizabeth’s family continues to pray for them as they journey through a difficult time in their lives.
  • What is your “mission statement”? We compassionately reach out through phone calls to those on our Parish Prayer list.  These parishioners are going through a difficult time in their lives, and we assure them that we and our fellow parishioners here at St Elizabeth, continue to pray for their healing and strength.  We let them know that prayers are being offered for their families as well, during this difficult and challenging time.

Deacons at St. Elizabeth’s

Reflections by Mrs. Fran Mercolino

Since 1979 seven deacons have served in our parish of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. In 1974 Msgr. Arthur Kane accepted two men for formation in the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s first class of Permanent Deacons. They two were Dr. Anthony Giambalvo and Mr. Robert Howlett. The following year Msgr Kane invited six more men to enter formation for the Diaconate Program.  Four of those men accepted his invitation.  They were  Luke Hally, Richard Johnston, Joseph Mercolino and Philip Spina. After three years of study, Dr. Giambalvo and Robert Howlett were ordained Deacons for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on June 9, 1979 by Bishop John McGann.  This was the first class of Deacons ordained for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The following year on May 31, 1980,  Bishop McGann ordained  Luke Hally, Richard Johnston, Joseph Mercolino and Philip Spina Deacons for the Diocese of Rockville Centre for service in the parish of St. Elizabeth of Hungary For the next  two years all six men served our parish in different ministries, including Pre-Cana, R.C.I.A., Baptism Preparation, Parish Council and Mini-Congress. Then in 1982 Deacon Philip Spina and his wife, Norma moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He was an active Deacon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Las Cruces Diocese until his untimely death in 1983. Deacon Robert Howlett moved to New Jersey.  He served as a Deacon in a parish in N.J.  for several years. He is no longer an active deacon. Deacon Tony Giambalvo served at St. Elizabeth Parish for 14 years.  In 1993 he asked for and got an assignment in the parish of St. Cyril and Methodius.  He served there for 5 years.  In 1999 he requested a transfer to Christ the King Parish. He was an active deacon there until he died on November 18, 2009. Tony was a dedicated dentist who treated Aids patients when no other dentist would. Bishop John McGann asked him to head a clinic for HIV and Aids patients. When the clinic was completed, it was named the Deacon Anthony Giambalvo Clinic. Deacon Luke Hally was an active Deacon in our parish of St. Elizabeth until he moved with his wife Maureen and their family to Baskin Ridge, New  Jersey  in 1983. Deacon Hally was incardinated into the Diocese of Metuchen serving in the parish of St. James in Metuchen.  He was Diaconate Director from 1995-2000 and Director of Diaconate Personnel from 2000-2002. Deacon Hally is presently an “active retired Deacon” in his parish. Deacon Richard Johnston and his wife, Patricia moved to New Jersey in August 2003. That year he was incardinated into the Diocese of Trenton, He is currently a very busy Deacon heading the R.C.I.A AND Consolation ministries and prison ministry serving in the parish of the Church of the Visitation in Brick, New Jersey.  Sadly his wife, Pat passed away in May 7, 2009. Deacon Joseph Mercolino was also ordained on May 31, 1980.  Through the years Deacon Joe regularly assisted at mass, baptized, visited the homebound, witnessed marriages and made wake calls, as well as gravesite services.  Like Deacon Hally, Deacon Joe is now an “active retired” deacon. He still assists at mass and baptizes children.  In fact several times he has found himself baptizing the child of parents whom he baptized when they themselves were infants or who attended our Pre-Cana Program when he and his wife were on the team.  He also heads the Ministry to the Homebound. Deacon Joe has been serving in St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish for almost 32 years. The seventh deacon to be ordained for service at St. Elizabeth was John Failla.  He was ordained by Bishop William Murphy in May 2005. Deacon John is very active at St. Elizabeth’s. He heads the Liturgy Committee, Eucharistic ministers of Holy Communion and the Baptism Program, as well as assisting at mass and making wake calls. He has also witnessed several marriages. As we celebrate our 50th Jubilee Year, Deacon John and Deacon Joe continue to serve the people of God in our great parish of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. CYO

Reflections of Alex Cover who served at CYO Basktball president for thirty-four years

When did you begin? CYO Sports Youth Group originally included baseball, softball, basketball, bowling, volleyball and soccer. It commenced its ministry when the Parish started in 1962. Founders included Camille DeRasmo, Charles Sanaga, Joe Horch, Alice Sachlebein, Herb Slattery, Carol Thompson and Rocco Amoroso. There was one overall CYO Board until 2009. Who were your Leadership? Joe Horch, Vinnie Papplardo and Hal Spencer were Basketball Program leaders until 1978 succeeded by Alex Cover. A list of CYO and Basketball Board members over the years is attached. Basketball, Bowling and Soccer remain active programs, now overseen by separate Boards/Coordinators. What are some of the highlights of your years as part of the parish? CYO Sports programs focus on our youth. There have been many awards and accomplishments over the 50 years. Basketball has Annual Scholarships. The Matthew Giannuzzi scholarship started in 2001 and the Donn Haber Referee Scholarship started in 2011. One of our youth, Tom Guglliata, went on to be a Top Five NBA draft pick and an NBA All Star. Many of our youth come back to serve as Board members, coaches and referees. Approximately 600 girls and boys from first to twelfth grades participate in the 2011-2012 programs. Unfortunately, registration is limited based on available gym space. Our basketball program remains the most affordable program in the area thanks to the time and talent of our volunteers and the cooperation from the South Huntington School District. Our intermural program requires “equal play time” and our travel program enables players to compete at a higher skill level. What sort of parishioners are part of your ministry/organization? The most important talent is the ability to be a role model for our youth. Volunteers share a tremendous amount of time and a love of working with youth. Basketball knowledge and the ability to teach are beneficial. Experienced basketball coaches and referees are available to assist with basketball instruction and coaching. In 2011, Dan Trebour, Walt Whitman High School Varsity Coach, and Pete Hoffman developed an instructional video for basketball drills. What is your “mission statement”? See CYO mission statement submitted by soccer – Mission Statement was developed for all CYO Sports Programs. CYO Board Members prior to 2011 CYO BOARD PRESIDENTS Charlie Sanaga Camille De Rasmo Alex Cover CYO BOARD SECRETARIES Ann Kuhl Marion Kolaczyk Linda Di Scala CYO BOARD TREASURERS Glenna Martin Bob Dyer Herb Slater Patti Mills Debbie Harrison OTHER PROGRAMS BOWLING BOARD MEMBERS TRAVEL BASEBALL Camille De Rasmo (over 20 years) Bob Banks Rose Mary Cover Dan Tufo Clara Abbatiello Geraldine Wurtz CHEERLEADING Pat Tufo SOFTBALL BOARD MEMBERS Ruth Rocke Connie Rusinski TRACK Charlie Sanaga Kathy Mullin Camille De Rasmo Evie Papplardo Vinnie Papplardo Spring, 2012 CYO Basketball Board of Directors Alex Cover, President Vincent Adomaites, 2nd Grade Clinic Coordinator Bob Ahlstrom, Virtus/Liaison to Parish Greg Altieri, 5-6 Grade Boys Coordinator Toby Elmore, 2nd Grade Clinic Coordinator Bill Getchell, Schedule Coordinator Donna Getchell, 5-6 Grade Girls Coordinator Joe Giannuzzi, Girls Travel Coordinator Cindy Haber, Secretary Peter Hoffman, 3-4 Grade Boys Coordinator Richard Kleberg, Boys Program/Travel Coordinator John Kozlowski, 7-8 Grade Boys Coordinator Russ Lella, 3-4 Grade Girls Coordinator/ Equipment Manager Jim Mauer, Virtus/Parish Liaison Howard Nemshin, 9-12 Grade Boys Coordinator Al Ortiz, 7-12 Grade Girls Coordinator Jim Pagano, 1st Grade Clinic Coordinator Dave Rankel, Webmaster/Registrar Wally Stampfel, Referee Coordinator Dan Trebour, Coach/Player Development

General Reflections on Parish Life

Memories by Lillain Sharkey

In the spring of 2012 Father Frank talked with Lillian and transcribed their conversation.  illian joined the parish in 1972.  On October 14, 2012, Lillian received the St. Agnes Award from Bishop William Murphy. Is there a highlight of your time is part of St. Elizabeth parish? So it's hard to pick out one special moment. I remember October of 1992 at the 10 o'clock Mass. I was getting ready for hospitality and as I was getting ready someone came over to me and said Father Holtzman wants to talk to you.  So I was heading for the sacristy but Father Holtzman was still saying mass.  He motioned for me to come up. Father Holtzman explained to the people at mass that I had started hospitality and did so much work over the years for hospitality so the family mass committee had a plaque made and the newly renovated kitchen was dedicated to me. So I felt overwhelmed and the tears came and I just didn't have the words to say.  There are so many people that help and I felt very touched by this surprise presentation. The people gave me a standing ovation and that's when I really lost it and I just waved as a sign of thank you. When I was on the parish council (about 1978-9) one of the things we talked about was starting a family mass.  One of the parishioners had written in about it and so we talked about this. We wanted the children to have more of a participation in Sunday mass and I was given the task to research and I contacted at least 10 parishes to find out what they were doing. Father James Wood and Sister Marjorie were also working on the idea of a family mass. They set up teams that would take turns doing the family mass. After both of them left the parish, Ralph and Pauline DiCicco became chairs of the family mass committee and this began the time when we all work together as one team. At that time the mass was at 10:15 downstairs.  The children participated by making banners and decorations and got very involved for Sunday masses. One of the things that we did was get a very large Christmas stocking and the children gathered presents for the poor to fill the stocking. The following year 1993 the parents felt they wanted to be more involved and so began the Christmas giving tree. Do you remember something humorous or unique that you would like to share with your fellow parishioners? At one of our fashion shows for the rosary society at the Woodbury Country Club (around 1979) Msgr. Kane was getting redder and redder and it seemed like he felt very out of place. As the models came on stage, we realized that we had never told Msgr. Kane that the theme of the night was night wear and lingerie! But as the evening wore on, Msgr. Kane became more relaxed and he enjoyed himself. (Lillian submitted a picture of one of the models from that fashion show.) At one of our Christmas parties we had our usual raffles baskets of cheer Italian baskets things like that, in this year we certainly had a basket of "cheer"! The basket was filled with laundry detergent boxes of Cheer! Is there a priest, religious, or lay staff member that you remember with fondness and why? Father John Fitzgerald was a priest who touched me very much. He was a real "priestly priest." When my husband John was in the hospital and was on life support, Father Fitzgerald went down every week to see him. And that continued for almost a year.  I was on the renovation committee and after the meetings Father Fitzgerald would always ask me "Lillian how is John doing?" And each month Father Fitzgerald, Molly Pepino and I would meet and we would decide what money could be distributed to other parishes or people in need father Fitzgerald was always sensitive to those who are in need. He was always looking out for the poor. Is there an event that stands out as your favorite event in parish history and why? For me, there were so many! I chaired the rededication of the church in 1991. I remember in particular that I had everyone participating in the mass in a special way lined up and ready to sit in special seating in the church. Before mass started the ushers let me know that there were two ladies sitting in the reserved area. I went in and invited both women to move to another spot. One of them was sister ann Rogers and I moved her to sit with the clergy. The other lady I didn't know and she was very gracious and she moved off to the side. Later on I found out that it was father Bruce power's mother! I think I spent the rest of the day apologizing! When Father Bruce Powers was installed as our new pastor I was part of a committee with Ted Kolakowski and Valerie Miele. We decided that we would have a kind of “international day” as our theme. We were overwhelmed with food of all nationalities! We had everything from chow mein to corned beef and cabbage.  You name it , it came.  We had everything! I also remember as part of the rosary society when we did the receptions and hospitality after the first masses of the young men of our parish: Tom Livoti, George Schmidt, Bob Fath, John Hurley, Frank Parisi (who did a first mass for the special children).

Cheerleading

Memories of Pat Tufo

In the 1960’s and 1970’s St. Elizabeth has a very active Cheerleading Program. It started in 1961, with Beverly Senholzi as its coordinator.  Pat Tufo became coordinator and Coach in 1966. The girls cheered at all travel Basketball games in their appropriate division. In 1967, St. Elizabeth Senior Squad took 1st Place in the Diocesan Senior Division Competition. In 1974, the 8th grade team placed 3rd in Diocesan Competition. In 1975 the Senior Squad was awarded the Diocesan Sportsmanship trophy. In 1976, the Senior Squad again took 1st Place in the Diocesan Competition. The Cheerleading Program ended in 1978 with the retirement of Pat Tufo. In 1976, Father Kane asked the Senior Cheerleaders to make up a cheer for Bishop McGann’s opening of the 1976 Catholic Charities Drive which was presented in the now Msgr. Kane Hall. Rosary Society

Memories of  Betty Bernhardt

St. Elizabeth Rosary Society began in 1962 when our parish began. Our Rosarians have been a vital part of St. E's with their contributions to various charities and to St. Elizabeth itself Our annual communion breakfast on the first Sunday in October installs all new members and any change in leadership. In February we host a Valentine luncheon for mentally challenged adults. This annual dinner brightens the day for many many guests. We have a wonderful response from our Rosarians and parishioners for lasagna, salad rolls and cupcakes. In May we have the crowning of Mary and again our Rosarians participate and enjoy. Most importantly is our "annual fundraiser" usually the last weekend of October. This is our only fundraiser and helps us to continue to help St. Elizabeth's and donations to other charities. Through the years clubs come and go but the rosary society tries to stay together to remember and honor our Blessed Mother. We are always looking for new members to come join us and be part of a group of ladies who enjoy honoring our Blessed Lady and meeting socially. Altar Linens Ministry

Memories of Carmela Barreca

Former coordinators of the Altar Linens Ministry have been Patricia Catterson-Magnan, in conjunction with the Rosary Altar Society, and Florence Rooney.  Since 1994 I have been the coordinator. Members today are Enez Boozer, Judy Franco, Joyce Furman, Clara Grilli, Gloria Lambert, Jill Patrissi, Sheila Pio, Peggy White and Peg Schroeder. Former members are Betty Casano, Tina Cullen, June father, Eugenia McDonald, JoAnn Messina, Christine Palmiere, Eleanor Robinson, Catherine Satnick, Lucy Towner, Simone Walker. Divorced and Beyond

Memories of Christine Balestrieri

Divorced and Beyond is a brand-new ministry here St. Elizabeth's. Our first 11 – week session started in September 2010, and finished in December just before Christmas. Anita DosSantos was our liaison and guiding light as we navigated trhough the initial ministry preparations. Prior to facilitating our first session, Frank and I attended the facilitators’ workshop conducted by Dr. Ray Shelton, Director, Professional Development National Center for Crisis Management. A most rewarding complement was the feedback we received from the participants after the completion of our first workshop series. Several wanted a "part two" or to repeat the process!  Throughout the sessions, the group began to relax and easily share their stories. A trust was formed, enabling the healing process to begin and grow. Frank and I bring our life experiences, our understanding of the divorce process, patience, a desire to help others and a willingness to listen. Our ministry relies on confidentiality and respects the privacy of each participant. Small Christian Communities

Memories of Christine Reilly

Small Christian Communities began in 1992 with the RENEW program.  Seeing the parish come alive in the Spirit with our RENEW groups and faith-enhancing sessions has been a highlight.  There are large group activities and small group home sharing.  The experience brought our parish together and enriched the Sunday masses – because parishioners meet each other and really got to know each other through sharing.  Some other highlights are retreat nights and hospitality, pot luck suppers, movie nights, bowling and prayer evening. We had multiple groups of all ages participating in the small communities.  We bring people together in prayer in a comfortable format allowing them to share, explore the Word of God, enter into a small community of believers – growing in faith. Leaders over the years have included Marge and Jack Brennan, Kay and Mike Gurello, Pat and Al Canigiani, Bob and Marion Mockrish, Pat Kosubinksy, Sr. Pat McDonald, Sr. Pat Torre, Gail Mahambrish, Patty Wilson, Fran Telford, Rich Horan, Sr. Irene, Lois Szypot, Annie Flister, Frank Monson, John and MaryBeth Toohey, Barbara Kerner, Gregg Canigiani, Shirley Bennett, Barry Maltese, Marguerite Jones, Sharon and Gary DeLorenzo, Lillian Sharkey, Conrad Carrano, Peg and Bud Patten, Christine, Reilly, Rosemary Rinere, Doreen Boehme, Mary Farmer and Pat Dillon Pre-Cana Committee

Memories of Dennis and Ann Marchesiello

We became the chairs of the Pre-Cana committee in the fall of 2010. The leaders when we joined were Eileen and Bill Vita, Eleanora and John Ferrante, Eileen and Dave Rankel, Rich and Pat Scharpf. The Pre-Cana at St. Elizabeth was started over 35 years ago. We have two sessions of Pre-Cana year for couples were interested in getting married in the church. We do a fall and spring session every year. Pre-Cana introduced a program about 13 years ago called "Unitas ". We have at this time 6 couples who are on the Pre-Cana committee. We are couples were married, live in the community of Melville/South Huntington/Dix Hills. We are couples will all been married at a different amount of years and would like to share our unique experiences of being married, the ups and downs, how to make your marriage work, how to bring spirituality and God into a marriage. How to work out problems in your marriage as they arise, and hopefully give them tools to use. Preparing engaged couples to build a strong Catholic marriage and to have them be fully immersed in a parish community is deeply part of our mission. Over the past 35 years there hae been many couples involved in the Pre-Cana ministry. Fran and Joe Mercolino, Grace and Tom Newman, June and Tom Newman, Midge and Alan Thompson, Dr. and Mrs. Rooney, Carol Ann Kiesel, Allison and Thomas Varvaro, Liz and Dominic Propati, Carmela and Greg Matthews, Meg and Paul Vastola, Diane and Jim Seewald, Pat and Rich Scharpf. Rosary Altar Society

Memories  of Ed Vasta

In 1962 the Rosary Altar Society helped with the church flowers and decorations.  Anne Arnold was the leader, and the Rosarians helped until 1970.  In 1970 Pat Catterson Magnan was in charge until about 1988.  The new Environment Committee with Mary Calabrese and Paula Conner began in 1991 and in 1995 I came and began the Interior Design Committee.  In 1998 Marta Scozzari replied to a Sunday bulletin request to maintain the plants in the parish center.  Today, she continues maintaining the plants in a healthy condition.  Her efforts have made the reception area a warm, inviting place. Some of our activities and accomplishments have been the decorations for Advent and Christmas, Lent, Easter, First communions, St. Elizabeth Day, Mother’s Day.  We oversee purchasing the flowers and plants for Christmas, Easter and special Sundays during the year. I most enjoy the arranging of the flowers and plants.  Our goal is to keep the place of worship beautiful at all times.  It gives me great pleasure for over fifteen years to take care of the plants and flowers for Christmas and Easter – and all year! Many of our members are daily mass attendees, who are aware of the plants’ need for water, and follow through with the knowledge that our efforts enhance the prayerful atmosphere that people expect to find when the liturgy is the daily offering. Members over the years have been Paula and Michael Conner, Barbara and John DiNuzzo, Patricia Delaney, Robert Lambert, Lillian Sharkey, George and Carol Singhel, Bernard Varrone, John, Jeanne and Adrienne Victor, Arthur Zonen, Bruce and Mary Geiser, Susan and Mike Duffy, Brian Morelli, Joseph Arnone, George and Molly Pepino.  Part of the committee also included Peter and Mary Inglima, Rita Meere, Jean Wylen, Tom and Judy Franco, Maureen Teresky, Frank and Marta Scozzari and Mary Schaffer. Family Mass

Memories of Eileen Conneely

I became a member of Family Mass in January 1981.  This group was formed in the late ‘70s and was active until spring of 1991.   There was a second Family Mass group from 1998 to about 2000.  In 2002 the present Family Mass Ministry was formed and is still active. Sister Patricia Wilson was the leader until 1982.  After that the group was split into four groups each responsible for one Sunday liturgy a month.  The group leaders were Fr Jim Wood, Fr John McGratty, Sister Pat McDonnell and Sister Ann Marie Dean  At some point the groups were merged and Pauline and Ralph DiCicco were the leaders.  The second group was formed by Fr Mike Vetrano and Chris Reilly was the Chairperson. The present Family Mass Ministry was formed by Rosary Garrity and Doreen Boehme was the Chairperson.  At present Lois Szypot is the staff liaison and I am the chair. All of the Family mass groups have been instrumental in helping parishioners to live their faith.  The upsurge in attendance and community atmosphere has always been a highlight.  All of the groups have developed Junior readers, encouraged children and parent participation, and had social events develop outside the mass.  The sense of welcoming community that people feel keeps bringing them back and helps to realize the church is part of their lives.  The committees have been made up basically of mothers.  The first committee also had several dads on it.  They bring their life experience and desire to share love of liturgy to the group.  The groups have traditionally been formed through Religious Education and those who attend Family Mass.  The groups share their faith, teaching, practical life experience and many organizational skills. The first group would meet to plan the liturgy.  Since this was basically in the 80s the group had a lot of input.  The group would share and discuss the readings for the Sunday we were preparing.  Then through discussion come up with a theme for the mass and find ways to implement this.  At times we had activities for the children or dramatized the Gospel.  Depending on whom the celebrant was we either gave him our suggestions or met with him.  Many times the celebrant would attend all or part the planning meeting.  These meeting were originally held in members’ homes in the mornings.  Preschool age children would be there and play as we met.  As the children got older and some members went back to work we began to meet in the evenings.  This was when husbands joined us.  For a time we met in the center but mostly in each others' homes.   There was a folk group at the mass leading song. This Family Mass was celebrated downstairs at 9:30. The second group also met in homes to prepare and discuss the upcoming liturgy.   This group had a Children’s Liturgy of the Word once or twice a month.  The children would be dismissed before the first reading and go to the Wolf Hill lobby area.  A Junior Reader or adult would proclaim the Word from the Children’s Liturgical readings.  We would sing and a Homilist would give a sermon on their level.  On Sundays that there was no dismissal there were Junior Readers at the 10AM mass. The Present group meets a few times a year in the center to share a prayer and discuss timely issues and assess our progress.   Originally, in 2003, it was on the first and third Sunday of the month.   In 2004 it was changed to a weekly celebration. Originally, the children remained in the church and the homily was to be addressed to children and adults.  Then the children were dismissed after the gospel and went to the hospitality room.  It was not the ideal setting and tended to be a little chaotic.   This changed and presently the children in grades Kindergarten to Grade 6 leave in a procession lead by the Homilist (carrying the cross) after the Gospel.  They go to room 108 to hear a homily on their level, recite the Creed and Share their Prayer of the Faithful. Then they return to church in procession following the Homilist who is carrying the cross.  Children’s Choir sings at Family Mass.  There are Junior ushers at this mass. Most people I have spoken to emphasize the feeling of community and welcoming.  We are all in this together and support each other.  Many have mentioned friendships that develop from this connection.  They enjoy seeing familiar faces from Church on sports field or at school function. In 1979 the group sponsored a Vietnamese Refugee Family, prayer groups, outing to Shea Stadium, Graduation Liturgy, Seder dinners, Family prayer, Pentecost procession.  In 1996 Twenty Fifth Anniversary celebration for 17 couples in Church with party to follow in Monsignor Kane Hall,  Walkie Talkies, group of 30 women who met through Family mass in the 80s and started walking at Half Hollow west HS track.   Today they still meet, talk, socialize and do outreach within the group and community.  Over the years there have been family social events Spring Flings, Halloween parties and picnics. To instill community Current members: Lois Szypot, Eileen Conneely, Marguerite Melone, Chris Reilly, Cathy Cangemi,  Oneida Lillis, Ann Marie Marchesiello, Cathy Brostowin Michele Reilly, Denise Kleberg. Past members: Pauline and Ralph DiCicco,  Patricia Scharpf, Cathy Satnick, Pat Dell,   Patty & Ed Werner, Colleen & Ted Kolakowski, Jill Schwartz,. Laurette Matthews, Mary Alice DelliCarpini, Rose Rebori, Elizabeth Moore, Mary Farmer,  Cathy Layburn, Pam Ziccardi, Pat Keany, Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Chris Sailon, Joan Schanars, Ann Flister,  Mary Mirrone, Joan Esposito, Carol Singhel, Barry & Donna Maltese, Susan Berger, Laurie & Jim Haefle Vacation Bible Camp

Memories of Jessica Kelly

Vacation Bible Camp [VBC] started the summer of 1997. It was fun to see VBC grow and develop over the years. We didn't really know what to expect the first year. By the second or third year we were writing our own Bible camps, which was fun. And then the third or fourth year it became so popular we needed to add a second week. While the week was always fun, I also really liked the Friday night closing mass – – there was so much energy and enthusiasm in the church. And this was before the family mass, so it was neat and totally different that the lectors and ushers were youth. The Bible Camp Community became the family. I think there were even a few years that we had a potluck dinner after the mass which was always a good time. Bible camp brought together people from all over Huntington. For many of us we only saw each other over the summer while preparing for VBC, but everyone got along very well. Wedding Ministry

Memories of Jill Schwartz

The wedding ministry began in 1994. It was becoming increasingly difficult for Father Powers to minister to the couples getting married. In that your father Bruce enlisted Ed Vasta and Pat Kosubinsky to help with wedding rehearsals. They also attended the wedding. Our leadership has included: Ed Vasta and Pat Kosubinsky (1994 to 1997); JoAnn Messina (1997 to 2000); Mary Piskorowski (2000 2008); Jill Schwartz (2008 – present).

There are fewer weddings and when the committee first started.  The average 25 has dropped to approximately 15 per year. There have been very large weddings (42 in the bridal party) to small and intimate ones. The brides have ranged from 20 years old to 70. Rings have been forgotten, flowers not delivered, and some very bad weather days. Each wedding however is special and unique. The coordinators of our ministry offer a calm presence, awareness of propriety, knowledge of liturgical and other needs, and a sense of joy to all present.

Mary Piskorowski was a wedding planner when she became chair of the parish wedding ministry. She was instrumental in making the committee as efficient as successful as it is today. With her expertise and professional experience she wrote a detailed list of the things that must be covered at the rehearsal, so the wedding goes smoothly. There are many logistical details that must be addressed. That list is still in use. It certainly helps to settle the nerves of the often nervous bride. The other members all enjoy working with the brides. Most of us have children who have gotten married – – many of St. Elizabeth. This helps us give information insight to the bride and groom and their families. It is wonderful to be part of their special day! Hospitality Ministry

Memories of JoAnn Messina

The hospitality ministry began over 30 years ago.  I've been chair of the committee since the fall of 2009 until the spring of 2012. Prior to that time I participated regularly in the baking committee which was led by Rosary Garrity. Some of the highlights of our ministry have been Father Bruce’s 25th ordination party and also Father Frank's 25th celebration. The majority of the participants in this ministry are women, many of them widows. After the family mass, there are many younger participants, and a few men sprinkled in at the five o'clock and the 10 o'clock masses. In the forefront of our ministry, we keep in mind the service of our parish's patron, St. Elizabeth of Hungary. We want to encourage a warm and engaging environment as we graciously serve both newcomers and long-standing parishioners alike. We consider our actions complementary in the promotion of various organizations that comprise our parish community. There are many members who have served on hospitality over the years for a period of time all the ministries provided people to serve after the masses and their individuals that "jump in" from time to time. Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

Memories of John Toohey

The Lectors' Ministry was begun by Father Arthur Kane early 1975. Knowing that he would be implementing the Eucharistic Ministry in the fall of 1973, Father Kane wanted Lectors to be recognized by the congregation for at least six months before they also became Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers. The Eucharistic Ministry was begun in September, 1973. In March of 1974, the first Mandates were issued by Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg. In the beginning the Diocese required that mndates be renewed every five years. From the early 1970s through 1985 there were nine Masses each weekend from Saturday evening through Sunday evening. Two of the Sunday Masses were held in the Church Auditorium. In the early years, at all weekend Masses both the Lectors and the Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers (EEMs) were divided into two teams of two ministers each. This alternate week scheduling was changed in the early 1980s to having 7 -10 EEMs listed as being available for each weekend Mass. A 1986 roster of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers shows 5 - 15 EEMs available for each of the then eight weekend Masses as well as a supplemental group of Rotating Eucharistic Ministers. These new Rotating Eucharistic Ministers rotated through all the Masses for their first few years. For many years only the Body of Christ was distributed at Holy Communion, with six Bread Ministers ideally utilized at each Mass - 2 (one being the priest) at the front of the center aisle, 1 each for the front of the two side aisles, and 1 each halfway back for the two side aisles. This positioning remained until the late 1980s. In the 1980s cups were introduced so that the Blood of Christ could also be distributed at Holy Communion. Four cups at each Mass were made available initially.  During the period that the Church was undergoing renovation, 1990-1991, a separate Sunday Mass at 10:15 for those who could not go downstairs to the Church Auditorium was held in the then Nuns' Chapel, the private chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  In the early 1990s the number of Masses was reduced to six, with two occurring Saturday evening (5 and 7) and four taking place on Sunday (8, 9:30, 11 and 12:30).  In the late 1990s the number of Masses was reduced to the current four (5 on Saturday and 8, 10 and 12 on Sunday.) Also in the late 1990s, all Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion had to provide their top three Mass preferences, and one's first choice was followed to the extent possible.  In approximately 2005 the number of cup positions was expanded to six. In October, 2011, the number of cup positions was reduced to five.  At the present time, in 2011, the 35 Readers and 105 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to provide one Mass preference and are responsible for staffing 2 Reader positions, 6 Bread positions and 5 Cup positions at each of our four Saturday/Sunday Masses. Rainbows and Bereavement

Memories of Lillian Sharkey

The history of the bereavement ministry began in the 1980s in the home of Lillian Sharkey, who also ran a Rainbow session for children. In September of 1997, Fran Telford continued the group who met in the classroom in the St. Elizabeth Center. A few years later it was relocated to the spiritual life center and has been held there since that time. Sessions are run two times a year in the spring and in the fall. As stated above the first leader was Lillian Sharkey, followed by Fran Telford and Dorothy Sexton. It was Paul Eschenauer that suggested to Fran, after she completed two years of pastoral formation, that the parish needed a bereavement ministry. Maura Madsen, Joanne Durso and Pattie Olsen followed. Over the course of several years, we had found that certain practices within the group have provided spiritual and healing growth. The bereavement ministry was originated as a complement to the consolation ministry which assists people in the time of immediate loss of a loved one during the wake, funeral mass and burial. Initially, the bereaved received a consolation letter, followed by a phone call about a month later advising them of the next bereavement session and encouraging them to participate. The facilitators of this group are people who have been formally trained and who have also personally experienced their own loss. They have served in other parish ministries and through the gifts of compassion, empathy and faith assist others as they grieve. They are good listeners who encourage others to work through their loss and experience personal and spiritual growth. Our mission statement is reflected in the Beatitudes and most specifically "blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." We provide a safe, confidential haven for the beginning of the healing process. In a non-– judgmental way, we encourage people to express their emotions openly and to be respectful toward one another. Meetings begin with coffee and refreshments and some socializing. Other activities include sharing a personal story as well as photos. Each person receives a grief journal as a guide for tasks to be accomplished each week. This exercise book contains questions for reflection and encourages people to journal at home. The sharing of experiences and fellowship is our way of guiding these individuals to work through their grief toward their journey of eventual hearing link. Participants commit to an eight week session, either in the spring or the fall and they may attend subsequent sessions the next year if they choose. After seven weeks our final week is a candlelight ceremony in the chapel and includes song, spiritual reading and candlelighting followed by lunch. Each person leaves with a remembrance usually a book or grief calendar. Every three years a reunion is held for all those who have attended in that time frame. Leadership:  1980s Lillian Sharkey, 1997: Fran Telford, Dorothy Sexton, 1999: Maura Madsen joined Fran Telford, 2008 Joanne Durso joined the group, 2007: Pattie Olsen join the group, 2011: Current group includes Joanne Durso, Pattie Olsen, Fran Telford, Maura Madsen [deceased in 2011]. Widows and Widowers Social Club

Memories of Lillian Sharkey

St. Elizabeth Widow and Widower's Social Club has had a long and divergent life. It all began when a letter was received by the Parish Council requesting a program for single parents. This challenge was given to the chair of the public relations committee, Lillian Sharkey. The year was 1983. Thus the journey of "men and women without partners" began. An invitation was placed in the church bulletin, and about 40 parishioners appeared at the first meeting – – separated divorced and widowed. Since I was neither divorced nor widowed, I tried to involve the members with the leadership to form a group to meet their special needs. No one would come forward and rather than let it fizzle, I became coordinator. Hoping someone would step forward I listed a host of lecturers – – lawyers, CPAs, psychologists, estate planning and Rev. Gerald Toomey. He spoke on the grief process and annulments. We continued in this vein for over a year when it became apparent that the groups were not compatible. The Diocese of Rockville Centre was holding meetings were separated and divorced in St. Elizabeth Center. It was decided that our group would join Rockville Centre. Now we were left with a small membership, 10 to 12. Our membership began to grow as newly widowed began to join us and then came a name change –“men and women alone". Because of the classroom atmosphere with the desks was not relaxing one, we moved with permission, to my home. I was now a member. My husband, John, died in 1989. During this time I had received my “dealing with grief" certificate from the diocese and was able to incorporate much of the insight I received into our meetings. Peggy Guditis and Carmela Barecca assisted me as facilitators. After a time we decided to go out socially (aside for meetings), and thus began our monthly night out. We continued to meet at my home until Dorothy Sexton, our new parish social ministry director, thought all activities bearing St. Elizabeth's name, should meet in the center. Again we moved. We met in the K of C Rome and again we lost members. I offered live dancing after the meetings, and, not only former members returned, but new ones appeared. We now numbered between 28 to 30. Again, a name change – – St. Elizabeth's Widow and Widowers. Each year I pleaded "please someone take over." In 2006, we moved to room 109 and added Social Cub to our name (hope it is the last change). We are now officially St. Elizabeth's Widow and Widowers Social Club. In 2008 by-laws were introduced and we became a structured organization with a full slate of officers:  Ann Hood,  president, Lillian Sharkey, VP Joseph Grasso, treasurer, John Grillo corresponding sec., Connie McMillan, recording secretary. Through the years we have lost valued members who were our friends – – Ann Minot, Loretta Fisher, Mildred Donnelly, Joseph Grasso, Alice Olivieri, Lillian Pluchino, Billy Vivian Lueckhoff. May they rest in peace. We continue to reach out to the newly widowed and to help ease the loss and to help fill the void that loneliness brings. We also reach out to those in need as did St. Elizabeth of Hungary Family Program (Religious Ed)

Memories of Lois Szypot

I myself began as a catechist by teaching a first grade class in my home in 1987. At that time Rosary Garrity was DRE, along with Sister Pat Torre and Sister Irene Scarola. Classes were held in the home for the first few years many catechists were needed to teach small groups (in 1965/66 there were 500 catechists. Today we have 100.) In 1965/66 Lillian Milazzo and Martin Conway coordinated home instruction for over 3000 children in grades one through 12 they made home visits. In 1965 the program offered instruction for children suffering from "emotional disturbances." Classes for catechists were held and an executive board was formed. In 1966  grade 1 through 5 were taught in the home; 6,7 and 8 were in Holy Family High School on Saturday mornings; 9 to 12 at holy family on Wednesday nights. In 1967 five Sisters of St. Joseph came to St. Elizabeth and offered religious Ed from "cradle-to-grave." The sisters were Sister Catherine Cecilia, Sister Marie Jensen, Sister Janice Brewi, Sister Ann Brennan, and Sister Mary Ann Rogers. In 1970 the mini- congresses began.  These were designed to help educate religious education teachers in the home program. In the 1980s classes were taught in the parish center. In 1991 the family program began. There are courses for catechists to help develop their skills in the classroom. Many catechists have come to the adult classes in the family program and have received a certificate in theological renewal. Catechist workshops are held during the year and address such things as classroom management and methodology. In the past, there was the "teacher enrichment committee" in the 1970s and 1980s and the "catechist formation committee" in the 1990s up until 2000. There have been several thousand people involved in the catechetical ministry the past 50 years.  Many have received catechetical service awards from the diocese for having been involved in the ministry for 10, 20, 25 years. This year Lillian Sharkey will be recognized for 40 years of service. Memories of Maria Perciavalle (Sewing Ministry) The sewing ministry started as a mission group in the 1970s. They sewed bandages for hospitals and mission people. People donated old shirts for bandages. The baptism bibs were started when Father DeGrocco was here. Sewing ministry itself was started in the 1990s Bea Lullay took the leadership of the first sewing ministry. Some of the things we make our bids for the babies at baptism, downs for the RCIA candidates, costumes for the living stations of the cross with Good Friday, curtains for the altar, banners for church, and we also repair the altar cloths. We are small-group some of the people have volunteered to crochet baby blankets for Project Linus. Some people sowed Care Bears for Mercy Hospital. We meet four or five times year to cut the bibs, lace and ribbons. Then we take them home and sew them. We also shop and buy the fabric and the lace and ribbons. Men's Fellowship

Memories by Mike Conner

Men's Fellowship began over 25 years ago, when after a retreat for men, Jack Falcone and Mike Conner were praying for a way for men to gather together in prayerful ways to share life and faith experiences, as a way to support and encourage one another. Both felt strongly moved by God to start this movement because we men live and work in a world that offers no help for men to actively participate in being real Catholic/Christian men who want to uphold and strengthen their marriage vows and family life. Shortly afterwards, Fr. Jim Wood joined us in offering his wisdom, guidance and prayer; and Monsignor Kane encouraged us to reach out to men for their growth in the church. The rest was the action of the Holy Spirit in bringing men of the parish together to experience how God is calling each of us to more! Men's Fellowship continues today and is comprised of men from this parish who gather together to discuss their lives in the light of their Catholic faith and to share their faith and experiences through friendship, prayer, and fraternity. What happens at a Fellowship Group for Men meeting? Men generally meet for 90 minutes to socialize, pray, discuss their faith, and praise God. They support, affirm and share insights about the difficulties men encounter in both their home and work lives. They also seek God's help in dealing with the issues they confront every day . We often use the upcoming Sunday Mass readings as a springboard for discussion. Members strive to reinforce Christian values with others in the group, and support other men who are striving to do the same. What will I gain from attending a Fellowship Group for Men? Men have found that by attending Men's Fellowship they make new friends among their fellow parishioners, have fun, and learn from one another on how to be a better husband, father, son, employee and Catholic parishioner. Men say they have grown by this experience which has enabled them to form stronger, happier families and marriages, helped them to learn how to better cope with the inevitable stresses inherent in the workplace and to participate more often in the Sacraments particularly those of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation. When and where are meetings held? Meetings are open to all men of the parish and are held on the First Wednesday evening of each month; starting at 7:30 PM, in the Spiritual Life Center. Additional Outreach from Men's Fellowship? Over the years, men have also been encouraged to participate more fully in parish life. Many men have volunteered to serve in many other parish ministries including: Liturgy Committee, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, Deaconate, CCD Teacher, RCIA, Environment Committee, Parish Outreach (helping elderly parishioners with yard cleanup), Charismatic Renewal, Eucharistic Adoration, Knights of Columbus and others. Eucharistic Adoration

Memories of Nancy Dunn

Eucharistic Adoration began August 3, 1992.  Adoration started in conjunction with the completion of the renovation of St Elizabeth Church. Perpetual Adoration began in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Church at this time, but there were concerns about safety during the nighttime hours.  At the time, Sister Dymphna was renting the Spiritual Life Center building, and offered to have Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel of the SLC where it has remained ever since. Attached is an article from the Long Island Catholic regarding its beginnings. At its inception the leaders were Claire Dryer, Jim Dickerson and John Picciano.  From 1992 to 2010 Eugenia Cote was heavily involved and tremendously dedicated as the coordinator of Eucharistic Adoration. In 2010 Martha Screeney and Nancy Dunn became co-chairpersons. Each year the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated with an annual procession and benediction followed by hospitality for all. On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, throughout the years, we have had a prayer service in the chapel at noon for all to join in prayer for an ‘Hour of Grace’ honoring our Blessed Mother. In addition to our annual celebrations, we have weekly novenas prayed throughout the week in the Spiritual Life Center chapel during the hours of adoration. Eucharistic Adorers here at St Elisabeth’s are a prayerful, contemplative and dedicated group of parishioners.  They support each other in an effort to ensure a constant presence before the exposed Blessed Sacrament so that they and others (visitors) can continue to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic Adoration at St Elizabeth’s provides a prayerful opportunity for parishioners and visitors to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and foster devotion to the Blessed Sacrament outside of the Mass. It is through Adoration that one can experience a growing awareness of the true presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and a better understanding of the gift of the Holy Eucharist. As Pope John Paul II said in his encyclical letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, one of the liturgical practices that foster a more conscious active and fruitful participation  in the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar is Adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament.  It is this practice of adoration that can serve as “an inexhaustible source of holiness”. The Blessed Sacrament is currently exposed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Spiritual Life Center Chapel from 10-5 for Eucharistic Adoration. Catholic Climate Covenant

Memories of Nancy Dunn

The Catholic Climate Covenant committee began in the fall of 2009 with the understanding we would work together for the next three years.  Jim Maurer is our Team leader. Evelyn Polvere, and Nancy Dunn are co-chairs of this ministry. We introduced the parish to our ministry through an ‘after mass’ meet and greet in the hospitality room where we handed out St Francis Pledge cards. Bi-weekly  inserts in the bulletin which contain prayer and environmental suggestions, upcoming world events, suggested reading. Etc….Informational Nights covering such topics as Going ‘Green’ in your home, information on the Town of Huntington recycling program, solar energy and home energy audits, and organic gardening/composting. Video from the Catholic Climate Covenant website have also been shown at these informational evenings. At Vacation Bible Camp during the summer of 2010 the campers participated in a project where cucumber seeds were planted in recycled containers for them to take home. The parish website and email have also been utilized in order to share information with our parishioners. We wish to call forth environmentally conscious, prayerful people who are tremendously concerned for our next generation and who want to live our faith by caring for God’s creation.  We have found that it is the same type of person that attends our functions; one concerned for our planet, our children and our future.  This is a Catholic parish initiative that implements church teaching regarding the environment and responsibility for Gods’ creation.  We hope to raise awareness and offer concrete ways to live out our faith by caring for God’s creation and advocating for the most impacted, the poor.  Our goal is to awaken our parish to God’s gifts of creation through prayer, awareness, action and advocating. We have many ideas for moving forward in the coming years with this ministry.  There is so much to do, a wealth of information to tap in to and a never ending reason to continue this work.  In addition to Evelyn Polvere and Nancy Dunn, Margaret Mesecher and John Ferrante have joined our ministry. Flowers & Altar Linens

Memories of Pat Catterson

It gives me great pleasure to reminisce on my years of taking care of the flowers and altar linens at St. Elizabeth's. If memory serves me correctly, I began my volunteering in 1970. Father Kane was our pastor and it was my great joy to work with him. It was always an easy task to take care for the fall of the flowers, since I enjoy gardening and arranging flowers. I would attend the 6:45 AM mass most mornings and then after mass check on the needs of the flowers – – watering, or just freshening them up or removing the spent flowers. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas were always busy times. Barbara Wrobel was my sidekick and a great help. I remember well a few Thanksgivings when we asked the resident deacons from the seminary to help us move pumpkins and cornstalks around the altar. We always told them it was part of their “training". Christmas was always a "big" production. Besides the poinsettias, we had to set up the manger. One year, while we were putting the manger away, handing the figures up to Lenny and Wayne (upstairs, over the work sacristy) we heard a bit of a crash. We asked is it Mary?, Is it Joseph?, Is it the infant?, Big reply… We " TWO" Kings of Orient are…  I had my niece repair the King and never ever told Father Kane about it!!! But I am sure, even in heaven, he knows about it! My days of laundering the altar linens still bring laughs from many of my children – – all these years later. They tell me we were the only home in Melville that always had a bag of rolled up purification was in our freezer. That was the best way to iron and not have any wrinkles in them. I used iron on Saturday afternoons are listened to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio. It is bittersweet, remembering my years in St. Elizabeth's. I enjoyed every one of them to the fullest. In 1988 I “retired.” Seniors Group

Memories of Robert Mockrish

The Saint Elizabeth senior group began in September 2008. Any senior registered member of the parish was 60 or older are eligible for membership our gifts and talents vary. The group is a place where parishioners make new friends, revisit old friends and socialize in an atmosphere of support and faith as a vital part of the St. Elizabeth parish community. We have speakers on both religious and other topics of concern to our members, luncheons to celebrate various holidays, and trips day and overnight trips to religious and secular sites. We contribute to the outreach program monetarily at every meeting. We have visited religious shrines, have speakers on religious topics as well as various on entertainers. We celebrate special holidays with luncheons. The group is very active, with great support from the community. The membership at this time (2011) is 239. [Note:  Bob was the founding president and served for three years.] Kinghts of Columbus

Memories of William P. Murphy, former grand knight

The South Huntington Knights of Columbus was chartered in August, 1965. The name was changed in the 1990s. Our leadership were our charter members and our past grand nights. Members are Catholic men ages 18 or older who are practicing Roman Catholics in communion with the Holy See we pride ourselves as being "the right arm of holy mother Church." The Knights of Columbus is first and foremost a Catholic, family, fraternal service organization. The guiding principles of our order our charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Since 1965 St. Elizabeth Council membership has demonstrated a dedicated and self giving spirit of service to both the parish of St. Elizabeth and the wider community she serves. This service has consisted of charitable monetary donations as St. Elizabeth parish as well as volunteer man-hours in the various aspects of parish life in ministries these spring from kindly hearts. The current KFC roster for St. Elizabeth Council totals 164 members