50 Years in Mill Basin

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated the closing Mass Sept. 9 for St. Bernard of Clairvaux parish’s 50th jubilee year in Mill Basin. The parish was established in 1961 to meet the needs of a growing community. The school was built, and the auditorium served as the temporary church. In 1989, the new church was dedicated. Bishop DiMarzio blessed a plaque in dedication to the founding members of the parish, known as the “Tent People” because they initially attended Mass in a tent before the school was built. He also blessed the Memorial Walkway, consisting of bricks with names and messages. Above, from left, Lorraine and Deacon Frank D’Accordo, Bishop DiMarzio, Father Ralph Caputo, pastor; Deacon Christopher Wagner and his wife, Melissa. Upper left, Father Timothy Lambert, parochial vicar, greets parishioners.