205 Jackson Avenue
Syosset, NY 11791
The first anniversary of the tragic death of our beloved, Sister Jackie, is July 9th. As the
date approaches I thought I would mention some ways that we remember her, celebrate
her life, and uphold her memory:
1) The Dinner Dance. Sister Jackie loved our Annual Dinner Dance celebration. Last
year, unbeknownst to any of us, the Dinner Dance was our last parish celebration with
her. Those who attended can remember her laughter, her spirit of welcome, her friendliness,
her dancing and her picture-taking - making the event a joy-filled occasion! What a gift to
have this happy memory of her just weeks before her death.
In this year's Dinner Dance journal there will be pages of pictures taken by Sister Jackie
over the years that help us to see our parish life through her lens once again!
And everyone who knew Sister Jackie, would also know that she would want us to continue
celebrating the Spirit of St. Edward - even without her. So, consider joining us at this year's
Dinner Dance on this Friday, June 21st. There is a reservation form in today's bulletin and
volunteers will be in the vestibule of the church. I am confident that Sister Jackie will be watching us and delighting in our joy!
2) The Sister Jackie Walsh Memorial Scholarship. As you may remember, donations were collected to erect a statue of Mother Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, in memory of Sister Jackie. Progress on the statue continues. I will certainly keep you informed when it will be placed on the school wall and dedicated. At the same time those donations were being collected, I also announced that we would offer a scholarship to a young woman from St. Edward School/Parish who would be attending Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset. The applicants were asked to write an essay entitled, “How Sister Jackie Influenced My Life.” I am happy to announce that this Scholarship of $2,500 was awarded to Allegra Larrea, a 2013 graduate of St. Edward the Confessor School, who will be attending Our Lady of Mercy Academy in September. The award was presented to her at our School's Awards Assembly this past Wednesday. Congratulations Allegra!
3) First Anniversary Service and Mass. We will mark the 1st Anniversary of Sister Jackie's death on Tuesday, July 9th with an evening Mass at 8 pm in the church. Prior to the Mass, beginning at 7 pm people will be invited to come to church to hear fellow parishioners reflect on “How I have continued to feel Sister Jackie's presence and influence this past year.” If you would be interested in speaking at this event, please contact me at
or 921-8030 ext. 111 and we can discuss it.
Fortnight for Freedom
Please see the flyer in the center of today's bulletin regarding the Diocesan efforts during the Fortnight for Freedom, which will take place from June 21st - July 4th. Bishop Murphy will open the Fortnight by celebrating Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral on Friday evening, June 21st at 7:30 pm. There is a rally scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 29th at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip and a closing Mass scheduled for 12:10 pm on July 4th at St. Agnes.
Peter's Pence Collection
Next week our Diocese will take up the Peter's Pence collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Through your generosity, the Pope can provide assistance in the name of the Lord.
Happy Father's Day
A special word of thanks and praise to all the fathers among us for all that they do to provide for their families and to offer spiritual leadership in their homes! Following the supreme example of God the Father, your fatherhood so often reflects His! Thank You!
Praised be the name of Jesus Christ now and forever!
Presider /Preacher Schedule
Sat., June 22, 2013
5:00 p.m. Fr. Paul
Sun., June 23, 2013
7:30 a.m. Fr. Joe
9:30 a.m. Fr. Tom
11:30 a.m. Fr. Paul
7:00 p.m. Fr. Tom