On the day before Veterans Day, residents and their relatives joined staff and volunteers for the regularly scheduled Sunday Mass Nov. 10 at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.
Veterans—living and deceased—were remembered during the liturgy, which was celebrated by Father Thomas Tuite, the residence’s Catholic chaplain. A retired U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain, Father Tuite also serves on the pastoral staff at St. Mark Church, Shoreham.
Nearly 100 people filled a bright multipurpose room during the Mass. A team of a dozen volunteers, many of them veterans and members of the Knights of Columbus, assisted at the liturgy. They participated in a variety of ways, including leading a remembrance ceremony for recently deceased residents, serving as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and escorting the residents to and from the worship space.
About 75% of the 350 residents at the Long Island State Veterans Home identify as Catholic. Mass is celebrated for them twice a week, on Sunday and Monday. The recitation of the rosary and a Communion service take place on Tuesdays.
People interested in assisting as volunteers at the Catholic services may contact Bob Capolino (631-589-8328) or Tony Martelli (631-471-0023) for information.
Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz