Coronavirus & Our Church

Your Safety is Our Concern!

Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish has always been concerned for the health & safety of all related to the Coronavirus (CoVid19) pandemic.   As the protocols change we follow the guidelines of Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York State and Health Officials.  Below we provide answers and information on “What are we doing at our Parish?” 

We stay connected together in spirit through prayer and ... this website and parish email blasts. If you currently have not received parish email blasts check your junk or spam box or send your name, town, email address to parishoffice@stcatherineofsienna.org and we will add you to our list.  Visit and read this page along with the To Our Parishioners" page for updates and news.   Click Here  

Highlighted update as of  Wednesday, June 16, 2021:  

SCS Church -- resumes "new normal" hours for weekday Masses, weekend Masses and Funerals with 100% capacity.    Church is closed following Masses/Services as it was prior to Coronavirus.  However, mask (facial covering) is optional for those individuals that have been fully vaccinated.  Use common sense regarding social distancing keeping in mind respect for others.  

Sienna Center/SCS Chapel - ONLY open for weekend Masses, Confessions heard on Saturdays and special "Parish-Wide" spiritual events and pre-approved ministry gatherings until further notice.  

SCS Adoration Chapel - opened from 8:30AM to 8:00PM Sundays through Fridays.  Closed Saturdays  For more information click here.

In our Church, Sienna Center/SCS Chapel, Adoration Chapel--

  • Masks (facial coverings) for those that are fully vaccinated are optional.  For those not vaccinated and chidren over the age of 2 optional as well; however, should consider your safety and the safety of others. 
  • Facilities and space are cleaned by Facilities Staff on a regular basis throughout the parish complex.
  • Personal hand sanitizers are located at various entrances in Church and Sienna Center for convenience.  
  • Holy water fonts will be filled soon. Holy Water dispenser (tank) in SCS Church vestibule remains available for people to take Holy Water home with them.  

Protocol for Mass--

  • For those that are sick or vulnerable Masses are televised.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until August 15, 2021.  Those who are sick or vulnerable due to age or health conditions may remain at home and view the Mass on television or online.  Televised Liturgies are provided by Catholic Faith Network (CFN) daily and online on Optimum channel 20/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296 and Spectrum channel 162/471.  CFN is also available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, or by download CVNiOS mobile app.  For Mass Schedule  Click here for schedule.
  • Masks (facial coverings) are optional.   Those not vaccinated and chidren over the age of 2 should consider wearing masks for their own safety and with respect for others.  Our Priests and Deacons are all vaccinated and may be seen not wearing masks.  Other liturgical ministers serving have option of wearing mask. Lectors, if choosing to wear mask, should remove mask when proclaiming (reading) the Word of God.
     
  • Entrance & Recessional Processions resume.   
     
  • Hymnals & Misselettes available again.  Please note Our Choirs usually not available beginning late June for summer; and will not resume currently at pastor's discretion.
      
  • Offertory Procession can resume based on availability of faithful assembled.
     
  • Collection baskets are in use when available with poll during Mass.  Offering Boxes are still available in Church and Sienna Center. Faithful have options:   Drop your Weekly Offertory Envelope or Cash in offering box.  We also recommend Faith Direct Online Giving or TXT 2 GIVE now for automated and hands free giving.  Mailing offering to Parish Office is also acceptable.  We appreciate your continued sacrifice and support. Click here for details on Ways of Giving Weekly Offertory Gift
     
  • Sign of Peace omitted until further notice; and no holding of hands during the Our Father. 
     
  • Holy Communion distributed under one species during Mass using proper guidelines and should consider maintaining social distancing.  All our Priests are vaccinated; Deacons and EM if not vaccinated have option to wear mask during distribution.  The “new normal” is to have an individual sanitizing station nearby for use.  Individuals that are wearing mask should temporarily lower or remove mask (facial covering) just prior to receiving the Body of Christ and replace after consumming.  Social distancing is a good practice as one approaches for reception of Holy Communion.   
     
  • Bulletins available with limited supply at this time.  Our Weekly Parish Bulletin always available online at this website.  Our Parish Weekly Bulletin consists of reflections, Mass Intentions, Mass Schedule, prayers for sick, deceased, memorials/tributes, brief parish updates and more.  Bulletin may be distributed AFTER Masses.
     
  • Liturgical ministers will resume responsibilities on voluntary basis (at the discretion of the pastor).   At this time Altar Servers serve with permission of parent/guardian; Ushers serve as volunteers and should have their proper ID/volunteer credentials.  Lectors, EMs and Music Ministers also serve on voluntary basis and they too should have proper ID/volunteer credentials. 

Protocol for Sacraments and Public Liturgies:
1.  Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick – as an Emergency Sacrament, permitted but exercising the proper healthcare and safety precautions.  Priests confer and have been given strict guidelines from the Diocese related to this sacrament.

2.  Sacrament of Reconciliation/PenanceConfessions are heard on Saturdays from 3:00M to 4:00PM in the Sienna Center --  The only entrance available to the Sienna Center are the doors located behind the Rectory.  Masks (facial coverings) for those that are fully vaccinated are optional.  Those not vaccinated and chidren over the age of 2 are optional as well; however, shoud consider your safety and the safety of others. We ask for respectful social distancing once inside; priest and penitent should practice social distancing.  There is rspectful limited capacity in Sienna Center during the hearing of Confessions; please respect one another and follow proper protocol. 

3.  Sacraments of Baptism & Marriage (Weddings) resume 100% capacity; wearing of masks for all those fully vaccinated optional.  For those over the age of 2 and not vaccinated also optional; however, consider your own safety and safety of others.  Use of common sense in practicing social distancing.  Contact Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling

4.  Sacraments of First Holy Eucharist & Confirmation – First Holy Communion was held during May in 2021.  Confirmation was offered May 2021. Our Faith Formation Office maintains contact with families of communicants and confirmandi.  

5.  Funeral Masses – resume 100% capacity for attendance.  Wearing of masks for those fully vaccinated optional. For those over the age of two or not vaccinated is optional; however, consider your own safety and safety of others.  Use common sense in practicing social distancing. Contact your Funeral Director or Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling.  

6.  Memorial Masses – resume 100% capacity for attendance, wearing of masks for those fully vaccinated optional; all those over the age of two not vaccinated should wear mask; use of common sense in practicing social distancing is respectful.  Contact the SCS Parish Office for scheduling and additional information.

7. Social Outreach Ministry -- continues its work in helping those in need.   Our SCS Outreach Food Pantry open with limited hours and services.  Click here for additional info

8.  Prayer is Important -- We stay connected together in spirit through prayer.  Many have been using 
Skype, Facetime, Zoom or other forms of social media to pray together.  Some Parish Ministry groups will be scheduled during May and June.  Listen for announcements and read bulletin for schedules.
-      Participate in an Act of Spiritual Communion through Special Prayer.  Click here.

ALSO . . .
a. Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish Office remains operational; however, not open to public without a previously made appointment.  Currently operates with 50% staff .  Kindly leave messages and inquiries on voice mail or best to contact via email at parishoffice@stcatherineofsienna.org and someone will get back to you in a timely manner.  See Welcome Desk Hours below.

b. SCS Welcome Desk opened Wednesdays 1:00PM to 5:00PM and Saturdays 9:00AM to Noon. Wearing of mask (facial covering) by those fully vaccinated optional.  For others also optional; however, consider your safety and the safety of others.  Currently our Parish Activity Complex is utilized by Evergreen Charter School during school days and masks are still a must during school hours following New York State and Health Official guidelines.      

c. Our Faith Formation Program ended in May.  Parents of children in our religious education classes are notified by the Faith Formation Office.  For additional information, registration information for the 2021-22 year and more contact via email or Click here.

d. Catholic Schools are monitored by Diocese of Rockville Centre and appropriate measures will be followed as will be in all Nassau and Suffolk public and charter schools.  The Diocese continues to monitor and update as needed. (Return to our Homepage for link to DRVC website)

e.  Camp Sienna Summer Program - a popular summer activity was cancelled for summer of 2021. Click here for details

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to keep one another safe during this challenging time.  We demonstrate our love of God and follow Jesus' commandment to love one another.  Wearing a mask is optional; however, all should consider own safety and respect the safety of others.   We extend a welcome for fellow parishioners and visitors to celebrate our faith in a safe and secure environment.   Stay safe and follow protocols and guidelines -- Thank You!

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  O Mary, 
     you shine continuously
on our journey
     as a sign of salvation and hope.
     We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
     At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
     with steadfast faith.
     You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
     We are certain that you
will provide, so that,
     as you did at Cana of Galilee,
     joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
     Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
     to conform ourselves to the
Father’s will
     and to do what Jesus tells us:
     He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and
bore our sorrows to bring us,
     through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
 
     We seek refuge
under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
     Do not despise our pleas 
we who are put to the test 
     and deliver us
from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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