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