Stay Calm - Stay Informed - Stay Connected

My Dear Family,

As churches, we are called to be harbingers of heaven in all of the ways we hold hope, keep faith, trust God, love our neighbors and enemies, and especially love the poor and the sick. We refuse to cave to fear, remembering always how “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18) and death has no sting (1 Cor.15:55).

As your Pastor, I am concerned for your spiritual health but also for your personal health and safety ... they are linked.  Those who know me, know that I am a “people person” who thrives on interaction with my flock.  I am missing this ... I know you are too ... it is truly challenging to engage in this new practice of “social distancing” as it goes against the very essence of being human.  How do I deal with this challenge?  I consider this my cross ... remember ... our Lord walked a very lonely and painful journey to Calvary ... but the cross led to a glorious RESURRECTION!  So ... let us walk together (virtually) carrying our cross with hope ... there will be a Resurrection one you have never experienced before.

Below we have provided responses to some of your questions and concerns.  I hope you find this helpful.  We will continue to update as needed.  If you have a question or concern not addressed here, please call the Parish Office at (516)938-3956 or email me at [email protected].

During this time of personal uncertainty and anxiety, some of our parishioners may be experiencing some special needs caused by business or employment related issues. Our St. Vincent DePaul Society is here to lend support and discuss how we may be of some assistance.  Please contact the Parish Office at (516)938-3956 or email Fr. Valentine at [email protected] and one of the St. Vincent dePaul members will be in touch with you. Remember, we are your NEIGHBORS and WANT to help, please call.  All contact will be kept in strict confidence.

Stay Safe & Healthy ...

God Bless You,

Fr. Valentine

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ANSWERS TO SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS 

 

Will there be Daily or Sunday Masses?

All Masses (weekday & Sundays) are suspended through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. 

 Mass can be viewed on the Catholic Faith Network and online. Information regarding schedules and viewing online is provided below.

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

  • 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”

Livestream of Pope Francis’ Masses:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA/videos

 

What about Holy Week services?

All Holy Week services (including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday) are suspended.

 

Will Palms be available on Palm Sunday?

Yes ... we are planning to have blessed palms available in the church from 7am-4pm on Palm Sunday, April 5th.

 

Can I receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Yes ... please call the Parish Office at (516)938-3956 or email Fr. Valentine at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

 

My children are in Faith Formation ... are there any classes?

All Faith Formation classes are suspended through Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

 

Is the Church open?

Yes ... the church is clean and will be open daily for private prayer 7am-4pm.

 

What about the Monthly Adoration?

Yes ... the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on Tuesday, March 31st from 7am-4pm.

 

What happened to the Holy Water?

In an abundance of caution all Holy Water fonts have been drained and dried until further notice.

 

What about the CYO program?

All CYO sports programs (Basketball & Volleyball) for the remainder of the season are cancelled.

 

Is the Parish Office open?

Yes ... the Parish Office will be open Monday – Friday 9am-4pm, CLOSED on Saturday and Sunday until further notice.

 

Will the weekly Bulletin be available?

Yes ... we will continue to produce a weekly bulletin with limited print copies available in the church.  The bulletin is available on the parish website stpiusxrc.com and via the parish APP.

 

Will the Sacrament of the Sick be available?

Yes ... the Sacrament of the Sick will be available to anyone in need.  Please call the Parish Office at (516)938-3956 or email Fr. Valentine at [email protected].

 

I need a Mass Card or Commemoration (Bread & Wine, Altar Flowers, Altar Candles, Sanctuary Lamp) but do not want to go out, what should I do?

If you need a Mass Card or Commemoration, please call the Parish Office at (516)938-3956.  You can mail a check or pay by credit card.

 

What happens to the Mass Intention of Commemoration I requested during this period?

ALL Mass Intentions & Commemorations will be honored.  Fr. Valentine or Fr. Chux will offer a private Mass daily to assure all obligations are honored.

 

What should I do with my weekly contribution?

Like all families, our parish will continue to have weekly expenses.  We would be very grateful if you mail your contribution to the Parish Office or enroll in online giving.  For help with online giving, visit the parish website www.stpiuscrc.com or call the Parish Office at (516)938-3956.  Thank you in advance.

 

Will you continue to update us?

Yes ... the parish will continue to provide updates via the various medias:

  • Parish website www.stpiusxrc.com
  • Parish Facebook and Twitter
  • Parish APP
  • Email – please call the Parish Office at (516)938-3956 to assure we have your email in our database
  • Weekly bulletin (available in the church & on the parish website www.stpiusxrc.com)

 

How can we stay connected to the parish family during this time of social distancing?

  • I invite you to share with me pictures, video and creative ideas your family has to nourish your faith during this challenging time. I would like to share these with our parish family ... this is one way we can remain connected.
  • Reach out via phone, Skype, Facetime to family and friends, especially the most vulnerable ... share your story.

 

Prayer Resources

Stay Informed: The media is aflame with daily updates.  Reading everything only increases anxiety. The following is a reliable list of links for educational, planning, and coping tools:

 

  • CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
  • Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
  • Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.