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By  Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,  Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911

A blood-spattered statue of Jesus from the St. Sebastian church in Sri Lanka

Letter to the Editor

It was sad to read where hundreds were killed with bombs in Sri Lanka in churches and hotels by terror attacks. This brings much sadness to myself and millions world wide. My hearfelt prayers goes out to the families who have lost love one . Are no houses of worship sacred ?

Now, I have a suggestion and that is, all ushers in churches, temples and houses of worship should get together with law-enforcement to learn how they can better protect their houses of worship and learn what they can do if they see someone up to no good or laying something down out of the ordinary. The ushers in these houses of worship have eyes and ears and can do something and even if it only to call 9/11.

I’m Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council # 5911 in Douglaston, and many of our members are ushers and Lectors. We are coordinating with the NYPD with a meeting and hoping we can learn what to do to protect our parish, St. Anastasia from attacks. I urge many of those involved in their houses of worship to do the same across this country of ours. Remember this: Evil thrives when good people do nothing !

Sincerely Yours,
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, N.Y.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2019

Heroes walking among us

By Joseph Concannon

A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to one and all!  Today I remember and hold deeply in thought and pray for the life of a good friend, Bernadette Ferguson.  Bernadette is showing the courage and persistence of our patron saint of Ireland.   Saint Patrick, born in Roman Britain, was kidnapped by Irish pirates at age 14 and made a slave in the home of druids and pagans in Ireland.  Despite his circumstances, Saint Patrick courageously persisted though circumstances which were challenging to say the very least.  Skipping the trials and triumphs of Saint Patrick, today he stands out as one of the most famous saints in the world.

Bernadette with Danny McQueeney of the Knights of Columbus

Bernadette Ferguson is a current member of our club and a regular at our monthly meetings.  Bernadette is a proud Republican through and through.  Almost a year ago, my friend Bernadette was involved in an auto accident not too far from her home here in Bellerose, NY.  Anyone viewing the crash scene would have been amazed to learn that Bernadette was still alive.  By August, months after the accident, Bernadette’s brother Patrick included the undersigned, and other club members, family friends in her updates and the daily challenges.  Bernadette is a fighter, a strong woman of strong Catholic faith.   We all pray for her full recovery, and to welcome her back to an independent life.

Saint Patrick and Bernadette both suffered many challenges.  Saint Patrick’s started at a very young age and Bernadette as well with health issues.  Both are tremendously courageous and stubbornly persistent.  For those of us who are Irish we’d have it no other way!  Bernadette is fighting for life every day and for the improved quality of her life.  Patrick, Bernadette’s brother, smiles from ear to ear every time he sees her and reports back to us.  Bernadette is always surrounded by a family of deep love and compassion.  Bernadette’s friends from Astoria keep tabs on her and talk to us upon visits just to let us know it’s a long road but Bernadette is fighting!

The shamrock is a symbol of the Trinity (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) in the Catholic faith.  The shamrock is often used to illustrate the Trinity.  The shamrock is a three-leaf plant.  Today, we look for the four-leaf shamrock which is in Irish folklore a symbol of Irish luck.  We wish to extend to Bernadette and her family near and far the luck of the Irish as she toils each day with the challenges to reclaim her health and brighten all our days with her wonderful humor and a great smile. 

For Bernadette in the name of Saint Patrick we pray:

“Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

A heartfelt Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all in our club, families and friends.  Our political challenges today pale in the face of what Saint Patrick and today’s modern-day heroes just like Bernadette Ferguson face every day.  Please do remember, all politics is local and what you do today will count for years to come.  Elections have consequences and voting matters.

Maybe Now’s The Time To Change Party Affiliation

By Howard Neiman, Ph.D.
As published in Queens Jewish Link, March 6, 2019

The time has come to be gently frank.

In the old world, prior to the overt embrace of anti-Semitism by a faction within the Democratic Party, prior to the adoption of infanticide as abortion, prior to the championing of violent criminals and the arbitrary enforcement of laws by power elites, the common wisdom among baby boomers was: You know, I really don’t vote Democrat anymore, but I’ll stay with my stale Democratic affiliation in order to sabotage them up and choose the worst candidates in the Democratic primary.

Like a sudden blast of arctic cold, Democrat reality slaps our faces hard. This old Dem affiliation wisdom cracked and splintered in the blast. It always was and now for sure is a failed strategy; just see the Democratic Party take its hard swing to the extreme left.

So, it is now more important than ever to maintain a party affiliation that reflects your true values, because in 2020 your true values will matter more than ever.

The Republican Primary in 2020 may deliver the difference between an authentic Republican candidate and a pseudo-Republican (aka “RINO” – “Republican in name only”) candidate.

The Republican Primary in 2020 may deliver the difference between bold support for your reality-based conservative values and timid support for those values.

The Republican Primary in 2020 may deliver the difference between unshakeable support for the US-Israel relationship or wavering support for it.

My friends know that I support President Trump and believe, thus far, that he is the most staunch, courageous supporter of my pragmatic compassionate conservative values and of a close US-Israel relationship in American history.

But I look back with utter frustration at the overall failure of will in the Republican-dominated Congress prior to 2016 and to the inconsistent support President Trump still gets from Republicans. That leaves open the unsettling possibility that, in 2020, we’ll see a resurgence of overly compromising Republicans wishing to oppose President Trump in the primary.

If you want to have a say in that 2020 race, when our values are being shredded by the left, if you want to have a say in the Republican Party and who the Republicans choose to run against God-knows-which Democrat, now is the time to change your party affiliationor to register as a first-time Republican, because it takes a full election cycle for the change to go into effect – which is why now is the time to register.

Here is a link to New York’s voter registration form: elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/Download/voting/voteform

Print it out, complete it, and follow the mailing or filing directions.

It is simple. It is vital.

Maybe, maybe now’s the time to change party affiliation.

By Howard Neiman, Ph.D.

Rev. Michel Faulkner: Featured Speaker at Columbus Day Dinner

Faulkner for Mayor

THURSDAY OCT. 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM


Meeting at: Nancy’s Restaurant
25541 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, NY 11001

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