Mass Schedule

9 and 11:30 AM
9 AM

Anticipated Mass
of Sunday:

Church: 5 PM

Church: 8 AM
9:30 AM (Family Mass)
11 AM, 12:45 PM (Español)
5 PM (Youth Mass)

Morning Prayer
Weekdays at 7:30 AM


Our New Jesuit Pope Francis
The coat of arms of Pope Francis borrows much from his former episcopal emblem. On the blue shield is the symbol of the Society of Jesus. Below it is a five-pointed star and the buds of a spikenard flower, which represent respectively Mary and St. Joseph . The papal motto is the Latin phrase "Miserando atque eligendo," which means "because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him" or more simply, "having mercy, he called him." The phrase comes from a homily by St. Bede

From Fr. Provincial
of the New York Province

The Jesuits and our colleagues in ministry give thanks to God for the election of Pope Francis. 

We accompany our brother, Pope Francis,  with our prayers and thank him for his generosity in accepting the responsibility of guiding the Church at this crucial time.  

Encouraged by his concern for the poor, the New York Province Jesuits will make a gift in honor of Pope Francis to the Welcome Table and Food Pantry at St. Francis Xavier Church.


In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope. 

All of us Jesuits accompany with our prayers our brother and we thank him for his generosity in accepting the responsibility of guiding the Church at this crucial time. The name of "Francis" by which we shall now know him evokes for us the Holy Father's evangelical spirit of closeness to the poor, his identification with simple people, and his commitment to the renewal of the Church. From the very first moment in which he appeared before the people of God, he gave visible witness to his simplicity, his humility, his pastoral experience and his spiritual depth. 

"The distinguishing mark of our Society is that it is . . . a companionship . . . bound to the Roman Pontiff by a special bond of love and service." (Complementary Norms, No. 2, § 2) Thus, we share the joy of the whole Church, and at the same time, wish to express our renewed availability to be sent into the vineyard of the Lord, according to the spirit of our special vow of obedience, that so distinctively unites us with the Holy Father (General Congregation 35, Decree 1, No. 17).

P. Adolfo Nicolás S.J.

Fr. General meets the Pope
Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano


Dear Father Nicolás,

I received with great joy the kind letter you sent me, in your name and that of the Society of Jesus, on the occasion of my election to the See of Peter, in which you assure me of your prayers for me and my apostolic ministry as well as your full disposition to continue serving - unconditionally - the Church and the Vicar of Christ according to the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola.

My heartfelt thanks for this sign of affection and closeness, which I am happy to reciprocate, asking the Lord to illuminate and accompany all Jesuits, so that faithful to the charism received and following in the footsteps of the saints of our beloved Order, they may be evangelical leaven in the world in their pastoral action, but above all in the witness of a life totally dedicated to the service of the Church, the Spouse of Christ, seeking unceasingly the glory of God and the good of souls.

With these sentiments, I ask all Jesuits to pray for me and to entrust me to the loving protection of the Virgin Mary, our Mother in heaven, while as a sign of God's abundant graces, I give you the Apostolic Blessing with special affection, which I also extend to all those who cooperate with the Society of Jesus in her activities, those who benefit from her good deeds and participate in her spirituality.

Vatican, 16 March 2013

And from Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan
of the Oceanside Jewish Center

As Pope Francis, the first Jesuit and South American Pope, becomes the head of the Catholic Church, I'd like to offer a prayer on his behalf and on behalf of all our Catholic neighbors:

Almighty God of all faiths and peoples, we ask Your blessings this day for Father Jorge Bergoglio, the new leader of the Catholic Church.

He has long been your servant, representing the interests of the poor and downtrodden of your people and seeking to promote peace in a country that was torn by oppression.

Give him understanding and insight into people of all faiths and backgrounds, and help him to be a true advocate for peace.

Like your servant King Solomon, bless him with a listening heart. Father Jorge has chosen the name 'Francis' in his new role as pope.

As the first Pope to hold this name, may he emulate the qualities of the first St Francis of Assisi who loved all your creatures, human and animal, and was a man of deep humility and caring.

May the pope promote not only tolerance but true understanding and cooperation between Jews and Catholics and may he work together litaken et ha-olam, to repair the world so that it will truly become a kingdom of God and goodness.

May his faith continue to inspire his humility and his humanity, so that he will be a true servant of God and of all human beings. Amen.



Christian Life Communities




St. Anthony's Church
110 Anchor Ave
Oceanside, NY 11572
Tel: 516.764.0048
Fax: 516.282.2525

Saturdays 4-4:45 PM and at designated services throughout the year.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Sunday, Monday, Thursday at 7:30 PM, in the cafeteria

Narcotics Anonymous
Tuesday at 8 PM, in the cafeteria