Celebrate Life

Ironically, the safest place to walk is a cemetery. A cemetery is a garden, a sanctuary, a place to seek solace and renewal in nature’s bliss. Walk with me and celebrate life!

My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York, is now available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Enjoy.

Be safe.

Be well.

God Bless all of us.

Vincent J. Tomeo

Release of The Letter

I was born in Maspeth to Italian-American parents. Being very nostalgic, I take great pride in labeling myself an old soul. My love for classic films, music, and literature shows through my work. I’d like to announce the release of my second novel, The Letter. Below is a description:

“When famous writer Victor Esposito falls into a coma, the memories of a ten-year-old love affair come roaring back to Eva Abram’s mind, uprooting her quiet Long Island life. Victor Esposito mysteriously dedicates every novel he’s ever written to one woman. His trademark protagonist fits the description of Eva Abrams, the bright-eyed and blonde Long Island housewife. Tragedy suddenly strikes Victor’s life when a courageous act leaves him in a coma. Hearing the news from a television broadcast, Eva finds herself suddenly overcome with the memories of a love affair she’d left behind a decade ago. In a captivating story of forbidden love, The Letter reminds us how two soulmates can always find their way back to each other.”

The book is now available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.com.

Anthony Sciarratta
Middle Village

Immaculate Mary statue dedicated at St. Adalbert

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Mary is this great cooperator with God’s will in saving the world, and without her, we wouldn’t have Jesus. I love to think of our relationship with Jesus in terms of Mary: that, as Jesus came to us through Mary, we find that the best path to go to Jesus is also through Mary.

It was kind of a happy day on Sunday, May 3, after 11:30 am Mass, because a new statue of the Virgin Mary that we have erected in front of the rectory was blessed. I wished to have a candlelight procession along with people singing and praying the Rosary, but covid-19 kept us home for our own safety and care of others. Also, as the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic, U.S. and Canadian Catholic Bishops have announced that the first day of May would be the day of renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

I could not wait any longer seeing people praying every day in front our newly erected statue of the Immaculate Mary. We need her intercession during this very difficult time of coronavirus. I believe that this outdoor statue will serve us as a witness to our Catholic faith and devotion to the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mary.

The renewal of consecration reaffirms and unites us in solidarity with our Holy Father, who recently established the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, as a source of protection and strength. This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic.

Fr. Mirek Podymniak
Pastor, St. Adalbert R.C. Church

Rest in peace

The family of Kathleen H. Norris would like to inform the community of her passing. She had stated to them that she loved growing up in Middle Village and still had many friends there at the time of her passing. Her obituary:

Kathleen H. Norris, 80, died peacefully on March 21, 2020 after a courageous nine-month battle with leukemia.  Kathy was born the eldest of four to William and Mary Hennessy.  Kathy lived a wonderful life punctuated by many blessings and unique service to others and her community.  She lived her first 20 years in Middle Village and attended school and Mass at the Resurrection Ascension Parish, graduating from The Mary Louis Academy in 1957. She then earned an executive secretary program diploma before going to work for Remington and Chartered Life Underwriters. Kathy married her grade-school sweetheart, Clint Norris, in 1961.  Together, for the next 58 years, they went on a big adventure, raising four children, traveling with DuPont to Wilmington, DE; Seaford, DE; Martinsville, VA; Louisville, KY; Houston, TX; Walnut Creek, CA; and finally settling in Kennett Square, PA for the past 34 years.  She will be missed dearly by her best friend and loving husband of 58 years, Clint Norris, sons Clint, Bill and Steve Norris, daughter Linda Knepper, 13 grandchildren and spouses. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to St. Jude Hospital.

Matthew Genereaux
Longwood Funeral Home and Cremation
Kennett Square, PA