We look forward to seeing you in person or online for mass this weekend, as we celebrate the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
For protocols on attending mass, please CLICK HERE .
F r o m t h e D e s k o f F r . L a w r e n c e
Greetings!

Greetings and welcome to the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. This weekend we celebrate Independent Day. Happy 4 th  of July everyone! Each July 4 th  we are reminded of the great independence which our forefathers fought for to guarantee us the life, liberty and happiness we enjoy in this great country.

In the Gospel today Jesus extends an invitation to us. He was reaching out to people that have been broken, wounded, suffering and in need of healing and rest. Each of us that are burdened in life; that are weary and tired. He promises to lift the burden and make it easy. It is a reminder that we all carry different burdens at times in our life. Why do we need to carry these burdens alone when He promises to carry the burden with us and to make it light? What are those burdens of life you are carrying? The important question is this…  do you bring your burden to Christ?

Dear parishioners, this is an invitation from Christ to each of us. When someone sends you an invitation, it requires an RSVP from you. How do we RSVP back to Christ that we are really interested to come to Him with our burdens of life? Let us respond back to Him with humility and with faith.

This weekend, we will be able to open our churches to 33% of capacity, and next weekend it will expand further to 50%! Although we are currently operating at 25% of the actual occupancy of the Church, we have not experienced any problem with the amount of people coming in for mass. If you feel that you are ready to return home and join us, please feel free to come. IF you do not feel comfortable yet, please know that the dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in effect.

Our Church is being sanitized after each mass in preparation of the next, and hand sanitizer is available at the entrances of the church. It is mandatory for people to sanitize their hands (whether wearing gloves or not) before coming inside the Church. Wearing a facemask continues to be a mandatory requirement in our church as well and must remain on for the full duration of mass except when receiving Communion.

There is no doubt that this pandemic has brought all of us much difficulties in our day-to-day lives. We too as a parish are feeling the pain as well. We hope and pray that this will be over soon. Remember that our major source of income is our weekly collections. We are relying on your financial support to help the needy, pay our bills, and pay salaries. Please help us if you can. You can use our online parish giving or drop your contribution at the parish office. Details regarding e-giving is available in bulletin. Your continued support and generosity are so greatly appreciated!

I am grateful to all our healthcare workers and to everyone who put their life in the forefront of this pandemic. We are praying for you. I am ever grateful to you! Yes! You! We cannot do without you. Even more, I am ever grateful for your presence. We are glad that you are here. Happy 4 th  of July weekend. Please stay safe!

At your service and His 

Rev. Lawrence Onyegu
Pastor
This weekend our mass schedule is as follows:

5:00 pm Mass on Saturday (Church)

8:00 am on Sunday (Church)

9:30 am Spanish Mass (Gym)*

11:00 am on Sunday (Church)

Note there are no (public) 12:30 and 5:00pm Sunday masses.

*to leave time to clean the Church between the 8am and 11am masses
Parish Membership & Support
Whether you are new to the parish or registered for many years, you can create an account that will link to your existing family information in our parish database .

From here you can make updates, such as contact information or new household members. You can also access your giving history (even if you don’t use e-giving), and register for Faith Formation classes during open enrollment periods.
 
Go to HERE to make your register your account today.
The parish “Rainbow Club,” is a way to support your Parish for only $5/ a month, while also being eligible for 1 of 3 monthly prizes:
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $100
The list of winners, their names, and numbers are mailed to you along with your return envelope for the following month. You may place it in the Sunday collection basket, drop it off at the rectory, or mail it.

Joining is easy!
Simply reply to this email with your name, address, and phone number and you will be called with your new number.
Online Diocesan Adult Formation Opportunities:
Basic Religious Studies Courses
COURSE INFORMATION:
LOCATION: Zoom/Online  (once registered, information on attending will be sent to you)
Click on the image/title of each course for more information and to register online
 
COST: $40.00 per person/per session |$30.00 per person if taking more than one course

*Completion of all six sessions is required to gain a Basic Religious Studies certificate.*
July 6-9
9:30am–12:00pm
July 6-9
1:00pm–3:30pm
July 13-16
9:30am–12:00pm
July 13-16
1:00pm–3:30pm
For more information or to register please visit www.drvc-faith.org
or contact Elizabeth Ramirez at eramirez@drvc.org | 516-678-5800 ext.408
The obligation to attend Sunday mass remains lifted. Members of the faithful who are ill or at risk are still encouraged to stay home and participate in mass on TV or online.
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 also 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!
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, in addition to dropping it in the collection after mass, you may drop the offering in the parish poor boxes in the church, drop off to the office during open hours, or send by mail.
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