Coronavirus & Our Church

Your Safety is Our Concern!

Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish is concerned for the health & safety of all regarding the Coronavirus (CoVid19) pandemic.  We have taken precautionary actions to maintain a safe environment and to stay connected with parishioners and people in spirit during this virus season.

As we slowly move to a position of cautious "reopening" we must still follow the rules and guidelines of New York State, Health Officials and our Diocese.  The wearing of masks, using gloves and practicing social distancing is part of daily life now.  It is very important for all to realize that while progress has been made, the pandemic is not over by any means and we are obligated to continue cooperating with each other to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and others.  We all are experiencing the stress of restrictions on daily living and, as men and women of faith, the difficulty in not being able to attend Mass in person.  We regularly update this page with the latest news, guidelines and links to facilitate your visit!  We do our best to answer the question:  “What are we doing at our Parish?” 

"Letters/Messages to Our Parishioners" from our Pastor, Msgr. Richard Figliozzi, and our Bishop, John O. Barres, are posted periodically on this page as well as videotaped Special Blessings.  Click Here

"Email Blasts" to Parish Ministry Leaders, Parishioners & Others are sent at least weekly or more with NEW information, prayers and special announcements. 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).   

“Guidelines/Directives under the guise of Diocese, NYS and Health Officials”  There have been some revisions; the following are the latest guidelines and rules as we begin another phase of “reopening” and find the “new normal” of practicing our faith.  Vsit this page regularly to know what we are doing in our parish!  Highlighted updated information as of Monday, June 1, 2020:  

Church is Open –
during specific hours only.  Only 10 people permitted in Church at any one time and we ask all to follow proper protocol (see below).

  • Open only for private prayer Sundays through Friday from 1:00PM to 5:00PM; closed on Saturdays.
  • Appropriate social distancing will be observed. Except for families and couples, this means a spacing of 6 feet and the use of every other pew.
  • Appropriate hand sanitizers and safety wipes should be used. One must be careful to sanitize hands after arriving in church and after leaving church. Sanitizer is located at entrance.  Stay safe and care should be taken not to touch one's face.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty.
  • Hymnals, prayer booklets and bulletins are not available.
  • Church, pews and entrances sanitized by Facilities Staff on regular basis throughout daily use weekdays and weekends.

Masses –

  • Weekday Masses are celebrated privately by parish priests until further notice. 
  • No Public MassesWeekly Sunday Mass can be viewed Sundays at 11:30AM on this website, or through other social media means.  Televised Liturgies are provided by The 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.  Click here for Sunday Mass at Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish.

2.  Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick – as an Emergency Sacrament, permitted but exercising the proper healthcare and safety precautions is a MUST.  Priests confer and have been given strict guidelines from the Diocese related to this sacrament.

3.  Sacrament of Reconciliation/PenanceEffective June 6 - Confessions will be heard on Saturdays from 3:00M to 400PM in the Sienna Center.  The only entrance available to the Sienna Center will be the doors located behind the Rectory.  There will be floor markings to follow proper social distancing once inside to lead one to “confessional” as well as markings for proper departure.  Wearing of masks and practicing social distancing is a must; priest and penitent must be 6 feet apart.

4.  Sacraments of Baptism & Marriage (Weddings)resume and must follow proper protocol and guidelines of Diocese.  Restriction of 10 people in attendance, wearing of masks for all over the age of 2, and practicing social distancing.  Holy Communion will not be distributed during a wedding until further notice.  Contact Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling

5.  Sacraments of First Holy Eucharist & Confirmation – usually held in May are postponed until further notice; most likely in fall.

6.  Funeral Masses – resume and must follow proper protocol and guidelines of Diocese.  Restriction of 10 people in attendance, wearing of masks for all and practicing social distancing by all. Holy Communion will not be distributed during a Funeral Mass/Service until further notice.  Contact your Funeral Director or Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling.  

7.  Memorial Masses – remain suspended and cannot be offered until further notice.

8.  SCS Perpetual Adoration Chapel -- remains closed until further notice.

9. Social Outreach Ministry -- continues its work in helping those in need.   Our SCS Outreach Food Pantry open for donations and pick up during limited hours and services.  Click here for additional info

10. Camp Sienna Summer Program – suspended for 2020 summer season.  For health & safety of our campers, counselors and all individuals involved due need of limitation of gatherings to 10 people; and be able to ensure social distancing practiced and the wearing of masks during these times. click here

11. Weekly Offertory Gift -- Parish Ministry continues even though it may be in different ways and using various alternative means.  Your weekly offering collected at Sunday Mass, your sacrifice, is still much needed in support of our parish.  We ask you to please mail your weekly offering to the Parish Office, use Faith Direct , TXT 2 GIVE or place in Church Offering box.  We appreciate your continued sacrifice and support.  Thank You!  Click here for details on Weekly Offertory Gift

12 Pray is Important -- While there is still a temporary ban on Mass we encourage families and friends to continue to pray!  We stay connected together in spirit through prayer.

  • Use Skype, Facetime, or other forms of social media and set a specific time for prayer so that everyone in your family and friends may pray together in spirit and stay connected. 
  • Pope Francis' Prayer and Coronavirus Prayer on our Prayer Page that is update periodically according to season and needs. Click here.
  • Participate in an Act of Spiritual Communion through special prayer.  Click here.

ALSO . . .
a. Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish Offices closed until further notice.  The Welcome Desk and direct services are suspended. Some staff working from home; others temporarily furloughed. Leave messages and/or use email for inquiries. Diocesan Administrative offices located in Rockville Centre and Massapequa Park also closed until further notice.


b. Our Faith Formation Program suspended until further notice.  Parents of Holy Communicants and Confirmandi will receive direct information as available.  Click here.

c. Catholic Schools closed until further notice following the measures taken by Nassau and Suffolk public schools.  The Diocese continues to monitor and update as needed. 


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

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MASS 
Saint Catherine of Sienna 11:30AM
Every Sunday

 

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

 

 


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including
Coronavirus Prayer
and more!

  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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