Parish Coronavirus Update
We are now three months into the easing of restrictions and the opening of St. Raymond Church for Masses and other services. There has been a gradual increase in attendance which is good. We will continue to follow our regular schedule of Masses. While we now can have more people at Mass, there are still restrictions that we must follow. All people in church must wear a facial mask or covering at all times, even in the confessional rooms. We will continue distributing Holy Communion at the end of Mass as our diocese directs. Please follow the guidelines that are explained at each Mass. We are celebrating Funerals, Baptisms, and Weddings with similar groups under the same restrictions. We hope that in time there will be an easing of these restrictions so we may pray together more comfortably.
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. The church will continue to be open outside of Mass time for personal prayer only until 5pm Monday through Friday. Confessions will be at the regular time on Saturday from 3:30pm till 4:30pm. We will continue Eucharistic Adoration every Thursday afternoon from 1pm till 4pm for personal prayer only. As we receive more information and can formulate additional plans, this website will be updated, and more details will be regularly included in the weekly bulletin which is also on the parish website.
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 Wednesday from 10am till 2pm. Please call for an appointment at (887-9197). Food donations can always be made, especially on the First Sunday of every month when you come to Mass. Always check the Parish Social Ministry column in the bulletin for current needs. In addition, any money or gift donations are also most appreciated.
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!