St Raymond Parish Virus Update:
Next Sunday, May 31, 2020 is Pentecost Sunday. It is the day which signifies the official ending of the Easter Season. We usually celebrate this feast in special ways at the Sunday Masses, with Ministry Banners, a Litany of Ministries, Hospitality, and sometimes a Ministry Fair. Since we cannot celebrate Pentecost in these ways this year we will once again have a special Drive-By Blessing with the Blessed Sacrament on Pentecost Sunday from 10am till 12pm noon. Simply drive in from Carman Avenue and we will meet you in the back-parking lot. After receiving your blessing, you will exit onto Roosevelt Avenue. We hope to see many of you on this great day when we celebrate all the Parish Ministries that truly reflect St. Raymond Parish as a Community of Faith, Love and Friendship. So, come and greet the Holy Spirit next Sunday.
Wear something red for the occasion and be ready to have your picture taken!
As of this coming weekend we will be able to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for our parishioners. Starting this Saturday, May 30th we will have Confessions from 1pm till 3pm in the church. Both confession rooms will be used during these two hours. Distance markers will be placed on the floor outside the rooms for lining up. Everyone must wear a mask. The kneeler and a chair will be placed further away from the screen. The priest will be in his usual spot. This is a start as more guidelines are being formulated for celebrating a Funeral Mass, Baptism or Wedding with only 10 people allowed at this point. Hopefully regular Masses with an expanded seating capacity will be next. Guidelines for the reception of Holy Communion are still being worked out by the diocese. As we receive the go ahead with guidelines, we will post them on this website and in the weekly bulletin. Until then, keep praying as you have been. The church will still be open every day for personal prayer from 9am till 5pm.
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 will be open this coming week on an appointment basis only for food distribution on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3 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