2012-11-29 / Community

St. Joseph Church Celebrates Unity With Parish Party


The Chinese Auction, assembled by Committee Member Tara Griffith, was the hit of the cocktail hour The Chinese Auction, assembled by Committee Member Tara Griffith, was the hit of the cocktail hour The members of the St. Joseph Parish came together recently for a celebration of togetherness and unity during the Thanksgiving season, while recognizing the blessings of many during such difficult times. Chaircouple Peggy and Michael White, with the help of the Parish Party Committee, hosted the celebratory evening at the Garden City Hotel, while dancing the night away to the music of The Kenny Ford Band, of Hank Lane Music. For the first time, the Parish Party included an honoree. Msgr. Brian McNamara, new pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in West Islip, was honored for his many years of service, both before and after his deployment as Military Chaplain, to the parish of St. Joseph. Msgr. Swiader took the opportunity to turn the tables on the regular comedian by opening his remarks with Msgr. Brian’s usual, “So, there was this guy……”. As Mayor Brudie so eloquently pointed out, Msgr. Brian McNamara has been a very good friend to St. Joseph Parish and all of Garden City. Special thanks go to all supporters who rallied during a very difficult two weeks, showing that, during this year of faith, we are “one”. St. Joseph’s Parish wishes all of its supporters, friends and neighbors a Christmas Season filled with peace and joy and the blessings of friends and family. Please visit our website at www.stjosephchurchgc.com for a full schedule of our Christmas services.



Co-chairs Michael and Peggy White with Pastor Msgr. Swiader Co-chairs Michael and Peggy White with Pastor Msgr. Swiader

Hank Lane Music presents The Kenny Ford Band Hank Lane Music presents The Kenny Ford Band

Chaircouple Peggy and Michael White Chaircouple Peggy and Michael White

Michael White, Co-Chair, welcomes the crowd to the Parish Party Michael White, Co-Chair, welcomes the crowd to the Parish Party

Msgr. James Swiader, Pastor, gives the blessing and introduces the honoree Msgr. James Swiader, Pastor, gives the blessing and introduces the honoree

Ed Fitzgerald shares a laugh with Jack Rogers at the end of the evening Ed Fitzgerald shares a laugh with Jack Rogers at the end of the evening

Msgr. McNamara and Msgr. Swiader with the gift from the parish..a signed painting of St. Joseph Church Msgr. McNamara and Msgr. Swiader with the gift from the parish..a signed painting of St. Joseph Church

Former co-chairs Vivian and Terrence Tener Former co-chairs Vivian and Terrence Tener

Mayor Brudie, Mayor of Garden City, reads the proclamation to Msgr. McNamara Mayor Brudie, Mayor of Garden City, reads the proclamation to Msgr. McNamara

Committee members Maureen Wallace, Reservations, Lorraine Levano, Sweepstakes and Marie Ilardi, Publicity Committee members Maureen Wallace, Reservations, Lorraine Levano, Sweepstakes and Marie Ilardi, Publicity

Members of the Rosary Altar Society cutting the rug! Members of the Rosary Altar Society cutting the rug!

Dancing to the Kenny Ford Band Dancing to the Kenny Ford Band

Msgr. McNamara with his family Msgr. McNamara with his family

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