Coronavirus & Our Church

Your Safety is Our Concern!

Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish, the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Vatican are concerned for the safety of all regarding the Coronavirus (CoVid19) pandemic.  Each have taken precautionary actions to try to maintain a safe environment and to stay connected with people in spirit during this virus season.

We update this page regularly to keep all aware of what our parish is doing during these challenging times.  Links are provided to facilitate your visit and bring you the latest information.  We all know that the Coronavirus (CoVid19) is very contagious and travelling throughout the world.  Cases are increasing daily in our nation, New York State and here in Nassau County. “What are we doing at our Parish?”  With care and consideration we are coordinating efforts with our Diocese and Catholic Churches to safeguard our parishioners and visitors--adults and children--during this pandemic.   Highlights include:

"Letter to Our Parishioners" from our Pastor, Msgr. Richard Figliozzi are posted on this site.  Click Here for Letter published April 3rd for Palm Sunday.
 
"Email Blasts" to Parish Ministry Leaders & Others are sent three and four times a week with NEW information, prayers and special announcements.  Click here last email blasted.  Send your name, town, email address to parishoffice@stcatherineofsienna.org to receive our Parish blasts (Saint Catherine of Sienna RC Church and Saint Vincent DePaul Faith Community).   
 
Update as of April 3 -- Guidelines/Directives from Diocese of Rockville Centre and required by NYS and Health Officials have been implemented in our parish.  We ask you to review regularly as these are updated as needed.  Gatherings have been restricted and NYS now in federal and state emergency status.  Events and gatherings in parish have been suspended,  postponed and/or cancelled. Lastest NEW information is highlighted in yellow!
 
In an effort to promote health and safety of all people, the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced the following measures:
1.   All Masses suspended (weekday and weekend) until further notice.  This will include Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Liturgies.  However, these will be televised and available online.  (See #3 below)

1a. Emergency Sacraments (Anointing of the Sick) are permitted but excerising the proper health precautions is a must. Funeral and Memorial Masses postponed until further notice.  Burial serivces may be offered by Cementary Chaplain when available; and wake services should no longer be conducted. 

1b. All Confirmations, First Communions, First Confessions, etc. will be rescheduled, Parents of children in Faith Formation Program have been notified directly.  Funerals and weddings are to be suspended and/or postponed as necessary; contact Funeral Home and/or leave message on Parish Office voice mail for additional information.  Baptisms also postponed unless absolutely necessary.

 

2.  Churches may remain open for private prayer at the discretion of the Pastor.  Saint Catherine of Sienna RC Church is currently open daily for private prayer 10:00AM to 5:00PM.  Please remember all must practice social distancing (6 feet from another person); and only 10 people or less may gather.  We ask you to respect one another!    

             See Letter to Our Parishioners dated April 5 for Practical Tips during Holy Week and Easter

2a.  Saint Catherine of Sienna Perpetual Adoration Chapel is closed until further notice.

3.  Televised Liturgies are provided by The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) daily and and online;  includes Holy Week and Easter Liturgies, as well as other devotional and spiritual programs. (Optimum channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, and Spectrum channel 162/471.)  CFN is also available on selected cable and satellite systems and through 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”.  

4.  Our Social Outreach Ministry continues its work; however, the Outreach Food Pantry is open for donations and pick up during limited hours and services.  Click here for additional info.
 
5.   Catholic Schools closed until further notice following the measures taken by Nassau and Suffolk public schools.  The Diocese continues to monitor the situation and will adapt and update as needed.  

5a. Our Faith Formation Program has been suspended for the remainder of the year as it was scheduled to end of month April.  Parents of Holy Communicants and Confirmandi received direct information.  Check back for additional information.

6.   Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish Offices also closed until further notice.  The Welcome Desk and direct services are suspended during this challenging time in an effort to participate in the statewide efforts to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Administrative offices of the Diocese of Rockville Centre located in Rockville Centre and Massapequa Park will also be closed until further notice. 

7.   Cleaning and sanitizing of PAC, Sienna Center, Church, Adoration Chapel and Outreach Office/Pantry will be conducted.  Classrooms and desks being santized in Parish Activity Center (PAC) which had been used by Evergreen Charter School and our Faith Formation Program.  Cafeteria, Auditorium/Gym in PAC and all Meeting Space is being cleaned and sanitized in Sienna Center.  Staircase banisters, Elevator buttons, Doorknobs, etc. wiped down and santized in all facilities.  Chairs, pews and railings in Church and Adoration Chapel being cleaned, wiped down and santized.

8.  PRAYER IS IMPORTANT!  Even though daily and weekly Mass is not available we are encouraging families and friends to connect using Skype, Facetime, or other forms of social media.  Set a specific time for prayer that everyone can pray together in spirit and connect via social media.  Pope Francis' Prayer is on this page and we have been updating prayers regularly. Click here

9.  Parish Ministry continues even though it may be in different ways and using various alternative means.  Your weekly offertory gift, your sacrifice at Mass, is still needed to keep the parish going and meeting its needs.  We ask you to please mail your weekly offering to the Parish Office, use Faith Direct or TXT to GIVE.  More information on funding will be given soon.  FYI, our parish has had decrease in support of over  $125,000+ thus far.  We appreciate your continued sacrifice and support. Thank You!

10.  On a personal note, we help one another and ourselves by frequently washing and sanitizing our hands and observing proper health and hygiene practices.  Washing your hands thoroughly; the suggestion is to sing Happy Birthday twice.  However, you might wish to pray three Hail Mary's each time you wash your hands asking Our Lady for intercession and protection.  Practice self "social distancing" which is staying 6 feet from another person; and contact with less people is best. 

Effective Sunday, March 22, New York State is on "PAUSE" (Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone) so all non-essential activity is suspended and all encouraged to stay safe, stay home. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to keep one another safe during this challenging time.  Back to Homepage
 

 
 

Catholic Faith Network (CFN)
broadcast of the
Celebration of the Eucharist--
MASS
St. Agnes Cathedral
Rockville Centre
Monday - Friday   8:30AM, 12:30PM
Sunday   11:00AM, 7:00PM

St. Patrick's Cathedral
New York
Monday - Friday   6:30PM

Our Lady of Loretto Church
Hempstead
Sunday   6:00PM

 


Pope Francis' Prayer
     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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