Weekly Parish News & Updates to keep you Spiritually Connected in this Season of Social Distancing
The 6th Sunday of Easter
Greetings!

We hope this week finds you and your loved ones well. It was a pleasure to see so many of our parishioners, most for the first time in nearly two months, at our mother's day drive-thru blessing. It was also great to be able to welcome back Fr. Lawrence!

The community is certainly a source of hope and proof positive that the Spirit is truly alive in the Church. The Holy Spirit is the major player of this weekend's readings, giving power and authority to the early Church. Because of the Spirit's active presence in our lives, acting always as a direct conduit for our faith, we both receive the grace and reason for hope. Hope that is needed now and needed to be shared.

The apostles were not exactly given specific blueprints as to how to build the Church. But Jesus left them with a promise, and that promise was the Spirit. Their openness to God's continued work in the world and their lives even after Jesus ascended into heaven, allowed them to receive the fullness of the Spirit into themselves. They did amazing things and we are here, 2,000 years later, because of their trust in God at a time when they had more questions than answers and when their future seemed uncertain at best and in jeopardy at worst.

As a successor to these apostles, Bishop Barres has issued a letter regarding the reopening of public masses and other updates. The full letter is available in the link below and has been published to this weekend's parish bulletin (link also below).

Thank you for being the hope to the community of Valley Stream, a community that has been very much affected by the coronavirus. God Bless!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

The Clergy and Staff of Blessed Sacrament

P.S. Don't forget to tune into mass for Ascension Thursday on May 21 at 9am on our parish webpage and Facebook.
In addition to the Bishop's letter, this week's bulletin includes pictures from the Mother's Day blessing and the outreach work done by Parish Social Ministry, who delivered groceries to home-bound seniors and sent a donation of supplies to Momma's House.
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.

Nassau & Suffolk Law Services, providing FREE legal support to low income, disabled, and disadvantaged individuals. They are currently working remotely, but you can call their general phone line to leave a message, which will be routed to the appropriate person:

NASSAU COUNTY: (516) 292-8100

SENIORS in NASSAU COUNTY: (516) 292-8088

WESTERN SUFFOLK: (631) 232-2400

EASTERN SUFFOLK: (631) 369-1112
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 ).

or

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)
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  • 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.