Parish COVID-19 Update
As we come to the close of 2020, there is a greater sense of urgency to stay safe and healthy as the COVID-19 virus has been surging. Record number of cases are recorded every day and hospitalizations and deaths have significantly risen also. The vaccines that have been approved are starting to be given and that gives us hope for the coming year but as we move along to getting better we still have to be smart in regards to social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks. Now the added challenge at this time is our Christmas season which will soon be upon us. Our regular Mass attendance has been pretty steady and within capacity restrictions. However, Christmas poses an additional challenge. We can only accommodate so many people at each Mass. I would strongly suggest that if you have not been attending Mass pretty regularly these past months, Christmas is not the time to start. 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 urged to remain home and view the Mass on television or online, while making a Spiritual Communion. It would probably not be the best choice to bring young children either. A good alternative would be to come to Mass during Christmas week or make a visit for prayer to our church which will be beautifully decorated and inviting for just such a visit.
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.
The Parish Social Ministry will be closed for the month of January 2021. Please call the rectory at 516-593-5000 for more information.
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 be open on the following schedule: Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Regular donations can be made either by mail, through the mail slot on the front door of the rectory or in the collection baskets when you come to Mass. They are placed on the pew shelves throughout the church.
Stay St. Raymond Strong!