We now can celebrate Public Mass in our church. However, there are certain restrictions that we must follow. The capacity cannot exceed 25% of the regular seating capacity of the church for any Mass. All attendees must wear a facial mask or covering. Distance seating should be observed. We will tape closed the pews which are not available for seating to allow for distance seating. All missalettes will be removed. And best of all we will be distributing Holy Communion once again starting at the 5pm Mass on June 13th. There will be specific guidelines on how this will be done which will be explained at each Sunday Mass. And we will resume our regular schedule for Masses throughout the week.
Please remember that the obligation to attend Mass is still suspended and those who are sick or vulnerable due to age or health conditions are strongly encouraged to remain at home and view the Mass on television or online, while making a Spiritual Communion. Weddings, funerals, and baptisms can also be celebrated following certain regulations. The church will continue to be open outside of Mass time for personal prayer only until 5pm Monday through Friday. Group praying and devotionals will gradually be worked into the mix. Confession will be at the regular Saturday time of 3:30pm till 4:30pm. We will resume Adoration for personal prayer only on Thursday, June 18th from 1pm till 4pm in the Church. As we receive more information and formulate additional plans this website will be updated. So, keep praying and we look forward to seeing and praying with you once again in our beautiful church.
Stay St. Raymond Strong!
The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) will provide televised and online daily Masses as well as other devotional and spiritual programs. Everyone is urged to also join FORMED (the link is below) to have free access to a wide variety of Catholic programming.
Our parish Facebook Group page continues which you can access through (St. Raymond Parish, East Rockaway) This page offers us a means to be connected in prayer and reflection each day during this time of distance and isolation.
Parish Social Ministry is now open from Monday thru Thursday from 10am till 2pm. Please call for an appointment at (887-9197). Food donations and other essentials are most needed at this time, especially the following items (grape jelly, canned fruit, tea, coffee, cake mix, dry soup, sugar, flour, gravy, carrots, mixed vegetables, corn, mac and cheese, snacks, pancake mix, canned and dry milk, hot cereal, cooking oil, baked beans, salt, detergent, dish soap, and conditioner).
The weekly bulletin continues to be published in a limited supply and is available in the church every Saturday. It can also be accessed on the parish website.
The Rectory Office will continue to have limited weekday hours from 9am till 3pm, Monday through Friday. Regular donations can be made by mail or using the mail slot on the front door of the rectory.