Welcome to Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church
As a community of Baptized Catholics, endowed by God with special gifts and nourished by the Eucharist, we at Maria Regina Parish recognize our mission to call forth these gifts to help build the Body of Christ.
What's Happening at Maria Regina
WELCOME FR. VALENTINEWe welcome Fr. Valentine for the summer months to ministry here at Maria Regina. Fr. Valentine is a friend of Fr. Lawrence and teaches at the Diocesan Seminary in Nigeria. Since the Seminray is closed for the summer months, Fr. Valentine is able to cover for our priests as they take vacation time. When you see him, please welcome Father to our parish!
MR FAMILY FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESSWe thank all our parishioners for your support of our Family Festival 2014. As you know, we had 4 beautiful evenings of weather which set the tone for the gatherings each night.
FIRST PLACE: Matthew Greene playing Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag on the piano and then singing Hallelujah!
SECOND PLACE: Corinne Winter and Kimmy Purcell giving a joyful dance to Mmm Yeah! Congratuations to all our contestants! The evening continued with great crowds, plenty of fun and DJ John Iovino spinning some favorite tunes.
Friday night was Country Night and we welcomed the Mary Lamont Band who not only shared their musical talent but also led us in Line Dancing and entertaining the kids. There was plenty of delicious food including fried chicken platters and our famous zeppole. The crowds remained under the great tent until the late hours.
Saturday brought Italian Night. The evening began with the Festival Mass celebrated by Father Frank in the Church at 4:00. We continued with a procession of the Blessed Mother from the Church to the Festival grounds led by some of our beautiful First Communion Children. We were entertained by Freddie Martin and the Martinis with traditional Italian and Sinatra type tunes. Then at 6:30 we began the judging for the meatball cook-off. In the end, 12 cooks submitted their best meatballs and the judges began to eat. After all the sampling was completed, the winner was crowned: Joyce Panetta- the cook of the best meatball in Maria Regina. Actually, every meatball was great and we thank each of our cooks who took the time to prepare 100 meatballs. By the end of the evening, 1,200 meatballs were sold out, along with 9 barrels of zeppole dough (a record for Maria Regina) and all the Sausage and Peppers we had prepared. What a great evening!
Sunday brought us to Irish Night, the last night of our festival. Besides the fantasic band, The Switch, we were thrilled by Irish Step Dancers and not one but two traditional Irish pipe & drum bands throughout the evening. At 10:30, the festival came to a close with the drawing for the big raffle: a total of $9,500 in prizes were awarded. A great Festival has come to an end... but there is always 2015! Wait till you see what we have in store for next year!
HOW TO REGISTER AS A PARISHIONERWe are happy to announce the beginning of a new ministry here at MR- the Ministry of Welcoming. To register in our parish, new parishioners are invited to bring their families to an evening session (offered once a month) where they will be introduced to members of the Parish Staff who will welcome them into our faith community. If you would like to register, or have any questions about our parish, please call (516) 798-2415.
MARIA REGINA SCHOOL - A SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE!We are happy to begin our 52nd year of excellent Catholic Education at Maria Regina Parish School. Our school and faculty are among the best on Long Island. Maria Regina School is proud to introduce S.T.E.A.M. standards to supplement the Common Core Curriculum of New York State.