COVID-19 Updates Effective through April 14, 2020
Greetings!

Effective through April 14, all meetings, ministries, groups, and non-essential activities on campus are suspended, cancelled, or postponed. This includes parish Religious Ed classes, prayer groups, Bible studies, Adoration, and Lenten events and retreats.

Additionally, ALL masses until then are CANCELED OR CLOSED to the public . We will continue to live-stream the the daily and Sunday 11am masses (at which ONLY lectors and altar servers will be present with the priest) to the parish webpage and Facebook . There will be no other weekend masses .

The Church will remain open during the day for private prayer, but gatherings (even of small groups) to pray are discouraged.

Note that these cancellations proceed through Holy Week and Easter . We will offer as many resources as possible to engage you in the home as we are unable to come together as the Body of Christ at this important time of year. Scroll down for info on viewing our masses or others around the diocese from your TV or online.

Confessions will be by appointment only. All baptisms are postponed. Weddings and funerals may still take place, but must have immediate family only in attendance.

At this time, First Communion and Confirmation are scheduled for May and thus unaffected. We will continue to monitor these as time progresses.

The parish offices will close at 5pm on the weekdays , they will remain open for the normal 9a-2p on weekends. Parish Social Ministry remains closed this week. It and the food pantry will reopen next week, but the Thrift Store will remain closed until further notice.

During this time, we expect that there will be a high demand in our food pantry, and we ask that everyone be as generous as possible and continue to donate food items for distribution to those in need. We recommend you bring donations directly to the parish office during open hours.

We also are reliant on the income generated from our weekly collections. As previously noted, you may drop your contributions at the parish office when it is open or take advantage of our online giving platform (more info below).

We know this information may come as a shock to many of you, and we are deeply sorry to have to restrict access to the church and our sacraments, however, we remain committed to everyone's health and safety as we cooperate with Church and government officials.

Please know that we are keeping you in our prayers and ask that you continue to pray for our Church and the world in these uncertain times (scroll to the bottom for a prayer by Pope Francis in light of the Coronavirus pandemic) .

In Christ,

The Clergy and Staff of Blessed Sacrament
How can I continue to financially support my parish?
For those who still wish to make their weekly/regular contribution to mass, this may be done by either:

  • dropping off your envelope/donation at the parish office during regular office hours or;

  • by taking advantage of our Online Giving Platform, which is easy to use and does not require an account to be set up for a one-time gift.

Where you can view mass on TV and online
Watching Mass at Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament live-streams all daily masses and the Sunday 11am mass. 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 ).


Click HERE to visit our parish Facebook page . (where you will also receive the most current updates to how we are responding to COVID-19)
The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) - CFNtv.org
Broadcast of the Celebration of the Eucharist:
St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, New York
Monday - Friday at 8:30 am & 12:30 pm ET
Sunday at 11:00 am & 7:00 pm ET
 
St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
Monday - Friday at 6:30 pm ET 
 
Our Lady of Loretto Church, Hempstead, New York
Sunday at 6 pm ET
 
The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) is available throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area on Optimum channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, and Spectrum channel 162/471.    

  The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) is also available on selected cable and satellite systems nationwide, along with a vast on-demand library of original programming and a high quality 24/7 live stream at CFNtv.org   

You can also watch CFN on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, or by downloading the CFN iOS mobile app at the app store by searching "Catholic Faith Network" or "CFN"
An Act of Spiritual Communion
(which may always be used by those either unable to attend mass or attending mass but choosing not to receive Communion)
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You
already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
If you have questions or concerns about any of these directives, please contact the source of them.

CDC: 1-800-CDC-INFO  ( 1-800-232-4636 )

NYS DOH: 1-800-663-6114 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Diocese of Rockville Centre: 516-578-5800 (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30pm)

Blessed Sacrament: 516-568-1027 (Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun 9a-2p)