New Updates for Parish Availability
Greetings!

On Friday, Gov. Cuomo mandated that ALL non-essential members of the workforce work from home. And while the practice of our faith is essential , much service to you toward that end can be done remotely in a similar way to how our schools have managed to serve students.

Thus, effective beginning Sunday, March 22, the parish offices will be closed until further notice.

How can I get in touch with the parish staff and priests?

  • We will monitor the main parish email (blsrcc@bsvs.us). You can also simply reply to this email or any other parish emails.
  • We have added a text feature through Remind - to opt in, text "@bsvs-up" to "81010" to message us and receive updates.
  • You can also message us via Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or through our listing on Google (open Google maps in on your smartphone and search for us.There are buttons for directions, to call, and to message - choose message).
  • Office phones will also be checked periodically, but calls may not be returned as swiftly.
  • Our emergency line for the priests remains open (accessible from the phone prompts), but please heed Fr. Lawrence's notice about using discretion in calling for a priest.

Will this affect the livestream or the church's availability for prayer?

No.

Thanks to the technological infrastructure provided by you and the dedication of our parish priests to serve you, the live stream of our masses will continue as usual - though only with priests; no servers, lectors or music.

We are also keeping our church doors open after livestreams for you to pray in this difficult time. The ability for you to come to church and seek God is not changing as a result of this new mandate. Please, however, practice appropriate prevention measures when coming to the church and stay home if you are feeling sick.

As per Fr. Lawrence, we will resume extended Adoration on Tuesdays (1-8pm), but will not have any benediction or other formal/group prayer.

What about other sacraments?

Confessions will be still be available, but by appointment and in cases of dire need only (contact us by the above means). All baptisms and anointings , save for emergencies, are postponed. Weddings and funerals will be postponed as well. First Communion and Confirmation are still far in the future to call and remain unaffected. We will continue to monitor these as time progresses.

We hope to rejoin with you soon, but the reality is it may be awhile. In the meantime, we will keep you updated and do everything we can to bring you a virtual experience of our community.

As always, 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.

In Christ,

The Clergy and Staff of Blessed Sacrament
*The bulletin contains a number of resources for staying connected, and we will continue to fill it each week with ideas and content for you to continue engaging with your faith. Please note, however, that it was published before the most recent updates, so both the letter from Fr. Lawrence (with the exception of his reflection on this weekend Gospel) and the statement from the Diocese are now outdated and superseded by the above.
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 ).


More on watching mass and making an Act of Spiritual Communion in previous emails and the bulletin .
Take 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.


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)
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)