Written by Mary DeNisco, Editorial@Antonnews.com Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
Father Patrick Whitney was ordained to the Priesthood in Dublin, Ireland in 1968. However, “Father Pat”, as we call him, has served all forty-five years in parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Center. We are privileged to say St. Peter of Alcantara Parish has been his assignment since 2006, as its thirteenth pastor.
Father Pat is a busy man, heading the Parish Business Office as well as visiting the sick at home and in the local hospitals and nursing homes. He is the celebrant at funeral masses throughout the year and he brings comfort to families at wake services. Father Pat is there for our families’ baptisms, weddings, and First Communions. He enjoys long walks in the neighborhood and short walks on the playground, where he chats with the school children. He enjoys traveling and has led a group of parishioners to the Holy Land and this summer to his beloved Ireland.
Father Pat even traveled with a group of parishioners to Guatemala to see first hand how we are helping a village in special educational and vocational mission projects. Father Pat does not seek recognition, but a chapter of the Hibernian Society has been named the Father Patrick Whitney Chapter here at St. Peter of Alcantara.
As a thank you to Father Pat Whitney, on Sunday, June 16, following the special liturgy at the 12 p.m. Mass celebrating his 45th anniversary of his ordination, there will be a celebration in the School Cafeteria for all parishioners. It will be Father’s Day on June 16 and at St. Peter’s it will also be Father Pat’s Day. We are planning to “Wear the Green” and have fun as we celebrate this special day in the life of a special priest that we call both pastor and friend. All Port Washington is invited to the celebration.