Greetings and Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We hope you have been able to take advantage of the relatively milder weather this week. It is getting warmer and sunnier, which alone can be encouraging and uplifting for the mind and spirit.
And, it is hard to imagine that Memorial Day is already upon us. We remember in a special way those courageous men and women who fought and whom many died fighting to secure our freedom. There is no doubt that this year's remembrance will be different from the past years because of this pandemic. May we take solace and comfort that this too shall pass away, and with it, we will become stronger and rejoice together in unity as brothers and sisters in Christ.
As we all are aware, things are gradually re-opening. On Monday, May 18, Governor Cuomo announced that churches are considered part of 4th phase of reopening plan, but he also authorized worship gatherings in limited circumstances. We also received more specific guidance from the diocese.
I had written a letter in the bulletin this weekend before we received the letter from the diocese concerning the reopening regulations and protocols. I want to assure everyone that we are working hard and preparing for the reopening of our public worship. We are doing this in line with the State and Diocesan regulations to keep everyone safe.
I appreciate your support and thank everyone for your patience as this will require us as a community to make sacrifices. You will be receiving an email from me early next week on how we can possibly start the gradual reopening of our public worship. It is possible that we may start with next Sunday, which is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church. Please stay tuned for more details.
The new directives require us to clean and sanitize the church right after each Mass and before the start of the next mass. This will require temporary changes in our Mass schedule. I appreciate your understanding and patience as we look for the best ways to serve you in this coronavirus pandemic.
As we are making preparation for possible reopening, I would like to make a request for volunteers.
These volunteers will assist our ushers to keep us safe, by helping in the cleaning and sanitizing of the church between masses.
I would like the volunteers to be young men and women, possibly not more than sixty-five (65 years) years of age, to help us with this. If you are interested in helping your local Church, please email us with your name and phone number at
or call the office number at 516-568-1027 with your contact information.
Remember that we are presently there for you on our livestream mass on Facebook, the parish web page, and YouTube. You can always connect with us through any of these media. And our church is open every day for prayer. Feel free to call us for confession or any other spiritual needs you need, such as blessings as a family or if you desire a special blessing for an anniversary or birthday. For these, it would be be preferable for you to come to the church building or rectory.
Please note the attached bulletin for this weekend, which includes my letter (written and published before the governor's announcement) and some tips on celebrating Memorial Day with a Catholic twist. Some of you have mailed your family donation envelope and some give through e-giving. I am so grateful for your generosity and dedication during this challenging time. Please know that we are praying for you.
We will be offering confessions next Saturday May 30th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the parking lot. Please make sure you come with your mask and be ready to maintain the required social distancing. One priest will stay in the gym while the other priest will be in a classroom. Entrance will be from the parking lot behind the Church. We can come to your car (while maintaining the appropriate distance) if you cannot walk to any of this spaces.
This coming Saturday, May 30 was also supposed to be Confirmation for our young candidates in parish faith formation. Let’s keep them in our prayers as we hope to celebrate this in the future. We will be having a drive through blessing for all our confirmandi on that day (May 30th) from 12pm-1pm in the parking lot. Additional details for Confirmation families are forthcoming.
Starting yesterday, May 22, we started the novena to the Holy Spirit. This prayer will be said for nine days until Saturday May 30th after our daily mass. Please join us through our Facebook page, webpage, or YouTube.
Remember to be patient with us as we look for a better way to serve you and keep everyone safe. Let us know if there is a way we can serve you better.
At your service and His,