May 31, 2020

Important Update!

Dear friends,

As of today, May 22nd, the following situation is in effect with regard to public Liturgies in this Parish. They follow the latest Diocesan instructions as of today.

Funeral Masses in church may be celebrated. However, a maximum of 10 people may attend ( with face masks), with no distribution of Holy  Communion or Sign of Peace.

Baptisms are permitted to be scheduled: 10 people maximum in attendance

Weddings: the same limitation of attendance.

Confessions may be scheduled again. They will be heard here at St. Matthew’s on Saturdays 3 to 4 pm.  Appropriate physical arrangements will be made respecting “social distancing” of six feet.

Public Mass:
We are only “permitted” to celebrate public  Mass with 10 people (including priest) maximum according to both New York State and the Diocese.

This requirement is clearly unworkable in any Catholic parish, much less a large one like St. Matthew’s; as well as “parking lot” Masses which pose many logistical and technical problems. The Diocese has directed that even if such Masses were to be celebrated at this time, NO distribution of Holy Communion would be possible as it stands now.

As the Bishop’s directives allow individual pastors leeway to make prudential decisions for each parish, I have decided that for the time being we will not be celebrating public Masses given these conditions here in St. Matthew’s until or unless conditions become more manageable and practical.

Please bear in mind that the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is still dispensed and not binding at this time. 

With every best wish and prayerful remembrance,

Father Hewes

May 31, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, we continue to pray for all those who are carrying crosses and burdens, as well as for all who continue to fight this pandemic on the frontline, our nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers on Long Island.

As we continue to endure the challenges of COVID-19, we thank you for your continued support of your parish and all the hospitals, nursing homes, and other services offered by our own Catholic Health Services. They could not have met this challenge head-on without the courage and steadfast dedication of our Catholic Health Services frontline healthcare professionals.    Continue reading “Sixth Sunday of Easter”

May 31, 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.

May 31, 2020

Letter from the Pastor

May 1, 2020.

Dear friends,

While our “shut down” continues, the life of the Church continues in restricted circumstances. We have a tentative date of May 15th for some sort of “re-opening” but I would not be surprised if that does not mean a full return to large gatherings and normal church services.

We have been doing Funeral Blessings for the deceased outside the church on the way to the cemetery with the family present these past weeks as requested.

Our weekend Eucharistic Holy Hours on Saturday from 3 to 4 pm and Sunday from 11am to 12 noon continue and draw a devoted corps of attendees for private prayer, communal prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. These devotions will be enhanced beginning this weekend by our Music Director and cantor.

Continue reading “Letter from the Pastor”

May 31, 2020


As of today we have been informed by the Diocese that the current suspension of all public Masses, Liturgies, etc are to continue until May 15th.

I would like however to clarify one important point: while this suspension does indeed preclude Funeral Masses in church in the usual way, it does NOT preclude the priest or deacon either praying the Committal or Burial Prayers at the cemetery or offering  those prayers and a blessing outside the church for the body on the way to the cemetery.

I have already personally offered prayers at the gravesite of three parishioners during Holy and Easter Weeks and a blessing outside the church is scheduled for this week, and a burial service in the near future. Continue reading “4/17/20”


Eucharistic Adoration

The Parish church remains open as before.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the church:
Saturday from 3 to 4 pm
Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon

REMINDER: Holy Hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in a solemn form are continuing during these days of quarantine on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Saturdays 3 pm to 4 pm and Sundays 11 am to 12 noon. The weekend Hours will now have music and hymns led by our Music Director and cantor.

While not a substitute for Mass and Communion they nonetheless provide an opportunity for private and communal prayer for the sick, the deceased, and the health and recovery of many. We also intercede in these days for the lack of faith and the rejection of God and His Church that so characterizes many aspects of our culture in our day.


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May 31, 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.


Important Updates

Dear friends, 

The following directives were received yesterday, March 16th.  Like you, I find this an occasion of regret and sorrow. 

Bound by the obligation of ecclesial obedience and concern for the public health, I have implemented them immediately. The communication to the priests from the Diocese explicitly cancels all public Liturgies and devotions until Easter Tuesday April 14th.   Read more…