Weekly Parish News & Updates to keep you Spiritually Connected in this Season of Social Distancing
The 5th Sunday of Easter & Mother's Day
Greetings!

Greetings on this eve of the 5th Sunday of Easter. Hard to imagine that we are so far into this season, but we still have several weeks of resurrection celebration ahead.

Speaking of celebration, we are happy to announce the safe (and healthy) return on Fr. Lawrence. Welcome back, Father!

This week, we are promoting a number of activities and have many additional resources from parish outreach to assist those experiencing economic hardships. Scroll down to see what is going on and also download our bulletin for this week.

We would also like to draw special attention to the following:

  • A special blessing this Sunday in the church parking for all families especially all moms.

  • Live-streaming of the Spanish 9:30am mass to our website and Facebook in addition to the 11am mass (and the rosary will be prayed after the 11am).

  • Our First Communion families whose children would have received the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time this weekend.

  • The "White Mass" the bishop will celebrate next week to honor our heroic health care workers.

Even while apart, our Blessed Sacrament community remains strong and vibrant. Thank you for being such a critical part of our parish identity and mission. We hope to see you at the blessing tomorrow. God Bless!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

The Clergy and Staff of Blessed Sacrament
Drive-Thru Blessing
All families are invited to a drive-thru blessing in the McKeon Ave parking lot on Sunday from 12:30-2:30 pm.

This will include a special blessing for mothers. Come with your family and invite others you know as well. There will be a basket for those who want to drop collection envelopes or donations.
First Communion Weekend
Today is Saturday, May 9th and the date First Communion had been scheduled for our young disciples. They, with their families, had prepared for this day for at least two years and, now, will have to wait an undetermined amount of time to receive Jesus intimately in the Eucharist.
Let us keep these families in prayer.
White Mass
Praying for Health Care Workers
Sunday, May 17 at 11am
on CFN and Livestream
Outreach during COVID-19
For previously mentioned community outreach and other parish services see these past emails: April 4 , April 7 , April 15 , April 24 .
HERE is an article with listings of various resources to navigate economic hardships.

Keep scrolling for additional help for various, specific needs.
FREE Counseling & Support for All Workers Affected by COVID-10
Immediate assistance available 24/7 for Front-Line Healthcare Professionals and Staff, First Responders, and all Essential Workers.

Call the Family Service League Dash Center & Hotline​ at
631-952-3333 or visit​ www.fsl-li.org
Economic Impact Payments ​ have begun​ and​ are​ being distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.​

However, some who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

Go HERE for more information
Childcare Scholarships Available for Essential Workers

Essential workers can use the funding to pay for their existing care arrangement. Essential workers needing child care can contact their local child care resource and referral agency HERE to for openings.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services will administer the program.

Learn more or fill out an application HERE . Funds are limited, so, if applicable, please take advantage of this resource as soon as possible.
Loss of Loved One from COVID-19

The American Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center​ (585-957-8187) provides emotional and spiritual support. ​

The online form is available HERE and can submitted by a family member, a friend who thinks someone needs help, or an agency on behalf of the family. The form has a drop-down menu in the upper right to select from a variety of languages.
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IRS Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes Online for Free by going HERE.
Support Services for Immigrant Communities​ Now & After COVID-19

Call the Family & Children’s Association Helpline​ at 516-546-0357​

Monday–Saturday, 8am–7pm
LI Connects You​ With​ The Community:​ Message Board & Resource Directory
In these times, we need community more than ever. Through THESE message boards and directories, you can connect with neighbors, local businesses, job listings, food delivery and more.
Livestreamed masses at Blessed Sacrament
These streams can be viewed either live or afterwards on our parish webpage and Facebook page. The live-stream is also compatible with Roku devices (info HERE ).

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We will also be streaming our Sunday 11am masses live to YouTube.
Visit our channel HERE .
More on watching mass and making an Act of Spiritual Communion in previous emails and the bulletin .
Go HERE and HERE for additional tips and resources for participating in mass at home. HERE is an online database of livestreamed masses from all over. Ascension Press and Word on Fire also offer great mass livestreams.
Keep your parish strong with e-giving and other donation options, including our new Text-to-Give feature !
Take advantage of our Online Giving Platform .

Learn more about Text-to-Give HERE (pdf) or HERE (video).
To get started, text the "give" to the number 516-588-7800 .

Download the app for iOS or Android .


If you prefer to use your envelope or loose cash/check, you may drop the offering in the parish poor boxes in the church (or send by mail)
  • Email blsrcc@bsvs.us.
  • Text "@bsvs-up" to "81010" to text us and receive updates that way.
  • Find and message us via Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or through our listing on Google.
  • Voicemails to the main office will be checked periodically, but calls may not be returned as swiftly.
  • Our emergency line for the priests is available via the main office phone prompts.