|At St Anthony of Padua, Rocky Point, NY|
I stayed at Holy Spirit New Hyde Park until the summer of 1991, when I was transferred to St Anthony of Padua parish in Rocky Point, where I spent 5 glorious years, working with children, the youth and enjoying some country living, because the parish was further out on Long Island in a rural area, even close to a beach, where I even led some summer prayer services. I led there many children’s Masses which were very much appreciated and looked forward to by everyone, children as well as adults.
|After one of the many baptisms of the Palasek family at Rocky Point.|
|In Home Retreat Group in Rocky Point, NY|
In 1996 I moved to Holy Family parish in Hicksville, again with a large school in more urban surroundings. In 1998, I moved to Pleasant Valley in Dutchess County where I served for 4 years, even helping in a renovation in our church. I remember the pastor there greeting me with ‘Nothing much happens here......’ At which point I realized he needed a pastoral spark-plug and the parish revived itself within a few months, with various parish choirs, children involved in all kinds of sports and religion classes, and in a rural setting, with more snow than I’ve ever experienced.
|Holy Family parish in Hicksville, Long Island.|
|At St Stanislaus Kostka parish, Pleasant Valley, NY|