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“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” With these words Christen trusted his Church on earth to Peter, the first pope, and to his successors, and for as long as there have been the Police Holy Name Society of Nassau County, it has been our tradition to “Stand with Peter,” and thus, to stand with the Church.

The HNS family lost a very special member of the Society this past month, Pete Meehan was called home to Christ. Pete was a member of the Holy Name for over 40 years and he served as our President. Pete was one of the “old timers” that kept the current members inline and always cognizant of the HNS’s proud, tradition based history. I don’t pretend to compare our Pete to St. Peter, but Pete was one of the “rocks” that kept our Society strong and able to survive eighty plus years of fellowship and good works. On a personal note, Pete along with Jake McDermott, recruited myself and many young cops to join the Holy Name and participate in one of the oldest police organizations in Nassau County. Pete will be dearly missed from our monthly meetings and our more recent pilgrimages abroad. Pete and his lovely wife Marge graced our trips with their wit and willingness to explore some of the Catholic highlights around the world. Marge is a great example of a loving, giving wife and we the Holy Name Society will stand with her and remember Pete as truly one of the great members in the history of the HNS.

The extraordinary Holy Year, a “Jubilee of Mercy,” which began last December, 2015 ends on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. As the Year of Mercy is coming to close I’d like to pass on some information where members of the Diocese of Rockville Centre can experience this “special year”: The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each particular Church, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God the Father through diligent labor for the Church’s mission there. The most evident sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in every diocese. These doors, analogous to the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, will permit even people who cannot travel to Rome to make a Jubilee pilgrimage.

In the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop Murphy has chosen to open a Door of Mercy at the diocesan Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre. In addition to the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral, Bishop Murphy has designated three additional sites for the opening of other Doors of Mercy: the Shrines of particular importance, especially where there is the happy possibility that the many faithful who visit the shrine may always encounter the merciful embrace of the Father in confession. They are: the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington; the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Eastport.

It is good for the extraordinary possibility for the Jubilee indulgence to be recognized by the faithful precisely as an opportunity out of the ordinary, so that they may live it as a time particularly fitting for embarking on the path of conversion. Fostering the proper appreciation for the special sign of the Door of Mercy will facilitate this invitation to conversion. One can obtain the Jubilee indulgence by making a pilgrimage to one of the four Jubilee Churches in our diocese and fulfilling the other necessary conditions: experiencing the Sacrament of Reconciliation, receiving the Holy Eucharist, making a profession of faith, praying for the pope and for his intentions.

In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”).

Finally, at the National Convention of Holy Name Society’s, a request was made of Society’s throughout the United States that they should assist in the canonization of Blessed John of Vercelli (c. 1205-1283), Patronof the Holy Name Society, by contributing to the effort financially and spiritually by praying to Blessed John of Vercelli:

God our Father, You raised BlessedJohn of Vercelli to leadership in Your church and made him an apostle of theHoly Name of Jesus, Your divine Son. We ask of you, through the intercession of Blessed John, a renewal of devotion to Your son among ourselves and our fellow men. May all men come to know, to love and to reverence the most Holy Name ofJesus — “So that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.” Amen.

The Police Holy Name Society of Nassau County – President Neil J. Delargy

January 2016 Newsletter

Police Holy Name Society of Nassau County
President Neil J. Delargy

On behalf of the Officers and Trustees of the Police Holy Name Society, I sincerely hope 2015 was a year of peace and happiness for you and your family.

I am pleased to report that our member’s continued dedication and support resulted in several worthy accomplishments in 2015. We awarded six scholarships to members’ children. We were able to offer assistance to police officers and their families during special emergencies. We provided needy families with the funds necessary to enjoy a nourishing holiday dinner during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. We once again hosted our Annual Retreat and our Annual Communion Mass and Breakfast, which were outstanding successes. The efforts of our members and the dues collected make each of these achievements possible. Your continued support is deeply appreciated and goes a long way.

This past November the Society sponsored a religious pilgrimage to France. Our intrepid group of 29 travelers enjoyed an educational, spiritual and relatively safe journey through many of the important Catholic sites of France. Many of you are aware that the horrific terror attacks in Paris took place during our stay in the “City of Lights”. Prior to leaving I made contact with NYPD member assigned to the Paris office of the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau, never thinking we would have a “real” reason to call upon him while in France.

Detective John Reinbold answered our phone calls, called the group numerous times and gave us subsequent text messages throughout the Friday night of the attacks. He was a wealth of safety information and he conveyed a calming affect that enabled our fears to be allayed. His communications were the difference between cancelling our trip and continuing our exploration in safe areas recommended by Det. Reinbold. I communicated with Det. Reinbold numerous times over the next couple of days and he continuously offered any assistance we could possibly need.

Now that the pilgrimage group has seen the NYPD overseas program in action we have a deeper appreciation for their valuable work. I know that they are the NYPD’s “eyes and ears” overseas. But, the general public cannot appreciate the comfort brought by having a fellow “Cop” take the time to talk to an insignificant tour group and reassure us during our time of concern.

I am very proud of our member’s response in Paris and I wish to publically thank all the HNS members that sent well wishes and communicated their concern and prayers for our safe return. Additionally, the HNS Board would like to thank, Chiefs’ Frank Kirby, Kevin Smith and Steven Skrynecki who called to check on our condition and PBA President James Carver who checked on our status numerous times offering his assistance.

I encourage you to participate in the activities and events planned for 2016. Our Eighty-fourth Anniversary Mass and Communion Breakfast is Sunday, March 13, 2016 at St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, RVC. The Mass begins at 8:00 am and breakfast will follow at The Knight’s of Columbus Hall 2985 Kenneth Pl., Oceanside. Kids are welcome so please bring the entire family. Our Annual Police Retreat, at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY, begins on March 14, 2016. Please call Fred Seiling at (516) 352-8957 for more details. Please consider joining us at one of our upcoming monthly meetings. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August), at Sacred Heart Parish Center, 720 Merrick Ave., North Merrick. Food and beverages are served.

Please send in your membership card and dues and return your raffle tickets

February 2015

Police Holy Name Society of Nassau County
Neil J. Delargy President

On behalf of the Officers and Trustees of the Police Holy Name Society, I sincerely hope 2014 was a year of peace and happiness for you and your family. We look forward to a year of renewal and partnership with the police community of Nassau County that will assist each member in their spiritual journey.

I am pleased to report that our member’s continued dedication and support resulted in several accomplished in 2014. We awarded five scholarships to members’ children. We were able to offer assistance to police officers and their families during special emergencies. We provided many needy families with financial assistance at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The HNS was proud to team with the Police Benevolent Association and make a significant contribution to Island Harvest during their holiday season food drive. Our Annual Retreat and our Annual Communion Mass and Breakfast were a complete success spiritually and financially. The efforts of our members and the dues collected make each of these achievements possible. Your continued support is deeply appreciated and goes a long way.

This year the Society is once again sponsoring a religious pilgrimage. This November we will be traveling to France, visiting the historical sites honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Michael the Archangel and Normandy and of course Paris. We have partnered with 206 Tours, guaranteeing an educational, spiritual and safe journey. The arrangements have proved to be flawless and all our needs are met at the highest standards.

I encourage you to participate in the activities and events planned for 2015. Our Eighty Third Anniversary Mass and Communion Breakfast is Sunday, March 22, 2015 at St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, RVC. The Mass begins at 8:00 am and breakfast will follow at The Knight’s of Columbus Hall 2985 Kenneth Pl., Oceanside. Kids are welcome so please bring the entire family. Our Annual Police Retreat at The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY begins on March 23, 2015. Please call Fred Seiling at (516) 352-8957 for more details. Consider joining us at one of our upcoming meetings. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August), food and beverages are served.

Finally, I’d like to reprint a copy of the “Police Officer’s Prayer” Lord I ask for courage, courage to face and conquer my own fears, courage to take me Where others will not go… I ask for strength, strength of body to protect others, and strength of spirit to lead others… I ask for dedication Dedication to my job, to do it well, dedication to my community, to keep it safe Give me Lord, concern for others who trust me and compassion for those who need me And please Lord, through it all
Be at my side…

Thank you for your continued support.