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Letter from the Pastor, October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Feast of St. Edward the Confessor

Dear friends,

Time for an update. I hope things are going well and you’re in good health.

As of this writing, the church capacity is up to 50%. Masks are still required by State regulation while in the church for services. The Parish Center Chapel is used only for Baptisms, which can be registered for online at the parish website.

We have resumed the distribution of Holy Communion at the normal time of the Mass, though distancing between communicants is still in force. Those wishing to receive Holy Communion upon the tongue are welcome to do so, as always, kneeling along the altar rail on the St. Joseph’s side.

Beginning Sunday November 1st, All Saints’ Day, the Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at the regularly scheduled  12:30PM Mass on the first and third Sundays of every month. .(The Latin Mass scheduled for the last Sunday of October is cancelled.)

On Monday, November 2nd, All Souls’ Day, three Masses will be offered in the parish church as follows: the regular 9 AM Mass, a Traditional Latin Rite Missa Cantata for the Dead at 12 noon, and the annual Mass of Remembrance at 7 PM. Continue reading “Letter from the Pastor, October 13, 2020”

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Bishop Barres’ Letter – October 1, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Today, I have some important but difficult news to share with you. Earlier this morning, the Diocese of Rockville Centre has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This decision was not made lightly. However, in the year since the passage of the Child Victims Act, more than 200 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse have been filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre. What became clear is that the Diocese could not continue to carry out its spiritual, charitable and educational missions while also having to shoulder the increasingly heavy burden of litigation expenses associated with these cases.

Filing for Chapter 11, we believe, is the only way for the Diocese to ensure a fair and equitable outcome for everyone involved. That is because the bankruptcy court will centralize all litigation and oversee a settlement that ensures that no survivor is left out or gets unfair compensation at the expense of another survivor.

During this period of restructuring, most Diocesan operations and ministries will continue without interruption.    Continue reading…

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Diocese of Rockville Centre – Questions & Answers

What is Chapter 11?

Chapter 11 is a legal mechanism for court-supervised reorganization or restructuring of a corporation’s
obligations. Chapter 11 provides a way for a corporation to address its financial condition in order to
remain a viable entity, while continuing day-to-day operations.

Why did the Diocese of Rockville Centre (The Diocese) file for Chapter 11?  Continue reading…

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Parish Office Hours

The receptionist desk will be “womanned” Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM for routine Parish business and Mass Cards.  On Friday there will be more limited service.
Please call ahead when in doubt.  631-499-8520.

The Parish Center is not open on a general basis in the current public health crisis at this time.

Important Telephone extensions for general non-emergency messages:

Parish Secretary: 126
Parish Business Manager: 113
Religious Education (CCD): 128
Pastor: 130

For urgent calls for Last Rites or a similar emergency:

Contact information regarding Funerals is on the Parish Voice Mail phone greeting  631-499-8520.

As before, please enter the Parish Center through the Main Entrance only, not the Gym Entrance.

 The Main Entrance is between the shrines to Sts. Padre Pio and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The inner doors to the building are to the right. Please note the sign to ring the bell for admittance.

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Mass Intentions & Mass Cards

Mass Intentions and Mass Cards are available on a limited basis.

The Parish Office will be open for Mass Cards Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM to 12 Noon.


Stay Connected

Please provide your email address so that we may be in direct contact with you.

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Your Support is Still Needed

As we face the prospect of no regular Sunday Masses until after Easter, this might be a good time to register with Faith Direct Online giving.

Our parish code is NY 368. Your contribution will go directly from your personal checking account to the parish.

Please remember that this “Shut down” is imposed on the parish, and our bills still come in.

God bless!
Fr. Hewes.