August 9, 2020

Letter from the Pastor, August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020
St. John Marie Vianney

Dear friends,

As our Covid restrictions continue, let me sum up the situation with regard to the Parish’s schedule and activities.

As of this writing, the 25% limit on occupancy continues. We are obliged to maintain the physical blocking of most of the pews by this regulation. The wearing of a mask or face covering for those in the pews continues as well. Please observe “social distancing” if not in a family group.

  • Confessions are now being heard again according to our usual schedule.
  • Baptisms may be scheduled online or by calling the Parish Office extension 126.
  • Please see the online bulletin for the schedule.
  • Funeral Masses may be offered as usual.
  • The 12:30 pm Mass on the last Sunday of the month will be offered in the Extraordinary Form ( Traditional Latin Mass.)
  • The Parish Center remains closed except for Mass Cards on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 am to 12 noon.
  • Onsite Religious Education will resume on a limited basis beginning in November. The Religious Education Office is open and will be sending letters out with the details.
  • Parish organizations will continue to meet on a limited basis observing the current public health mandates as needed.

As you can see, while things have improved, we are not “out of the woods” by any means. Indeed, I suspect that a “new normal” will continue for a long time to come.

The Bishop’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains in effect.
As well, as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on a Saturday this year, prior legislation lifted the obligation anyway.
There will be no extra Masses on that day, but the 4PM Mass that afternoon will celebrate the Feast liturgically. Continue reading “Letter from the Pastor, August 4, 2020”

August 9, 2020

Holy Family Regional School

Letter from Pastors to Parishioners in Parishes Supporting
Holy Family Regional School

Dear Parishioners of the Parishes of Christ the King, Saint Joseph, Saint Matthew and Saint Thomas More:

For over fifty years, Holy Family Regional School, formerly Christ the King School, has played a vital role in forming future generations of young Catholics.  Originally founded by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Holy Family Regional has a long history of achievement.

As you probably are aware, Holy Family Regional School is supported by four area parishes: Christ the King Parish, Commack; the Parish of Saint Joseph, Kings Park; the Parish of Saint Matthew in Dix Hills; and the Parish of Saint Thomas More, Hauppauge.  Each of our parishes has been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are writing you today to share some difficult news.   read more…

August 9, 2020

Mass Intentions & Mass Cards

Mass Intentions and Mass Cards will be available beginning Monday, June 22nd on a limited basis.

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

August 9, 2020

Cancellation of 2020 Summer Program

Our 2020 Summer Program scheduled in August has been cancelled.

The Religious Education Department along with the Parish Center Building remains closed until further notice.

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Stay Connected

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August 9, 2020

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.

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Religious Ed.

Religious Education classes have ended for the year.

Please see the Religious Education page for updated information regarding Confirmation, First Holy Communion, First Penance and Summer Program.

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Thank You

A heartfelt Thank You to all the parishioners of St. Matthew who supported the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) this past year. Due to your unending generosity, the Parish has reached and exceeded the goal set for us by the Diocese and over 600,000 people in Suffolk County have been given the help they so desperately need. Continue reading “Thank You”

August 9, 2020

Outrage

“Outrage” and indignation are certainly an increasing reaction to things if they do not go our way.

Well, I am outraged.

Outraged by a story currently on Lifesite News  found at lifesitenews.com

It concerns a recent event held at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY in Washington DC,  the country’ “oldest Jesuit and Catholic university.”

It was billed as ” Dismantling Reproductive Injustices: The Hyde Amendment and Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion”. Under that jargon, it was a session in which pro-abortion speakers decried restrictions on Federal funding for abortion and “do it at home”non-surgical abortions. In other words, a PRO-ABORTION symposium at , again, let me say it: the country’s “oldest Jesuit and Catholic university.”

You can find the full story on Lifesite News website.

If I were an alumnus I would not give one penny to this institution.