From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Recently the New York State Legislature passed and Governor Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive
Health Act, which legalizes abortion in New York State almost until natural birth and withdraws protection from a child who survives a “botched” abortion. The Governor signed this legislation into law and even had state-owned properties ablaze for this “victory for all New Yorkers”. It certainly was not a victory for unborn New Yorkers!

Perhaps some people of good will might argue that in the earlier weeks of a pregnancy a sentient human being is not yet present (the Church teaches that from the first moment of conception, new human life is present and deserves protection); however, there certainly can be no question nor dispute after the second trimester that a full human being is present. With proper medical assistance, such a child can be born and survive at this stage in his/her development.

How any sensitive human being can rejoice in the grim, bloody and horrid extermination of the most helpless members of our own species – a creature made in the image and likeness of God – boggles the mind. While the Church and State must do everything to assist a woman in a difficult or perhaps even unplanned pregnancy, this cannot include what essentially is murder. Most of us were once New Yorkers in the womb and thankfully, despite any problems or difficulties, our mothers gave us the chance to live.

This latest assault on life reinforces a sense that our society is on an accelerated downward spiral. Yet as one sign of hope, two of our local legislators did not vote along party lines but rather voted according to the dictates of their consciences. Brooklyn Senator Simcha Felder, an Orthodox Jew, and our own Queens State Senator, Joseph Addabbo, who is a Catholic, voted against the bill. Both defied the leadership of their party into order to vote their conscience. They must be praised for their conviction and courage! cf. The editorial article by Jorge I. Dominquez-Lopez in The Tablet issue of February 2nd, 2019.

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Midnight Run
The college seminarians at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston, Queens, are collecting
clothing items for the “Midnight Run”. The “Midnight Run” is a program involving college students in the tri-State area. The students collect winter clothing and then in “Midnight Runs” (by car) they distribute the clothing to needy street people especially in Manhattan during the bitterly cold winter months.

For these seminarians, it is also part of their priestly formation. They will conduct their “run” to Manhattan on February 19th. They are following Our Lord’s mandate in Matthew’s Gospel: “Amen, amen, I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these, the least if my brethren, you did for Me!” (Matthew25:40)

Items needed are winter coats, sweatpants, winter grade gloves (fresh or slightly used) and socks (fresh only). For more information, please Email Mr. Paul Pleho at paul.pleho@cathedralseminary.org.
(Normally we do not receive clothes here since we have no way of storing them but as a temporary measure until February 15th, the above-mentioned articles may be left in the Church vestibule and the seminarians will pick them up. Please do not leave clothes there after Friday, February 15th.)

Thank you for generosity, Mr. Paul Pleho and the Seminarians at the Cathedral House of Formation, Douglaston.

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Lunar New Year
Many of our parishioners from Asian backgrounds celebrated the traditional Lunar New Year last week.
Each lunar New Year usually has an animal title. This is the Year of the Pig, so we wish all those who celebrated a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

In Christ,
Monsignor McGuirl