Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00
St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church has graced the Great Neck community for 100 years. The magnificent, historic church is located at 592 Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck. This past Sunday, June 23, the church celebrated its centennial with a special mass in the morning, followed by a formal evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing at Leonard’s of Great Neck.
Over 530 parishioners, friends and neighbors gathered for a warm and friendly party, a wonderful, diverse group celebrating the church’s rich centennial.
The current pastor, Monsignor Brendan Riordan, termed this a celebration of “faith, community and goodness.” And he thanked those “who chose to be here.” Monsignor Riordan said that these 100 years have been “filled with true jubilation” and he wished one and all a ‘happy jubilee.”
Monsignor Riordan’s welcome was followed by a short speech by Debbie and Chuck Nochella. Then prayers were offered in English, Spanish and Korean, as the church houses congregations from those who speak all three languages.
Monsignor Riordan came to St. Aloysius in 1970 as a newly ordained priest. He was assigned to “St. Al’s” until 1975 and then reassigned.
Monsignor Riordan returned to St. Aloysius and became pastor in June 1998. “Almost a third of my life,” said Monsignor Riordan, explaining that once you leave a parish, you generally do not return but return he did, eager to help the community he loves. “My heart has always been here,” he told the Great Neck Record.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the church, a new commemorative patio will be laid on the parish lawn surrounding the statue of the Blessed Mother. Bricks may be inscribed with a personal message and are also a perfect way to acknowledge special occasions or to honor a family. Bricks may be purchased by contacting the Rectory at 482-2770 or by downloading the form at www.staloysius.org