St. Raymond Church
St Raymond Parish continues to offer a full schedule of Masses and Sacramental celebrations. We still need to be vigilant about COVID-19 which hopefully will not grow more serious during the winter season. Hopefully too, more people have become vaccinated and also received the booster shots in recent months. It is clearly our best way out of this pandemic and most effective way to avoid serious illness. The church, from our Pope, through the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and the American Bishops have all determined that the vaccine is morally acceptable for all Catholics to receive. Being physically compromised because of a transplant and having survived a months' long bout with COVID last January, I am definitely on the side of being vaccinated and following the main CDC guidelines. So, I encourage everyone who qualifies to consider getting vaccinated if you are medically cleared. It is good not only for you but for all of us. Of course, please continue to wear a face mask if that makes you more comfortable when attending Mass or other indoor church related gatherings. All the Priests, Deacons and Extraordinary Ministers will continue to wear face masks and sanitize their hands when distributing Holy Communion. All are urged to definitely receive and to still consider receiving in the hand. The obligation to attend Mass was restored in August, and everyone should be attending Sunday Mass unless sick or caring for someone who is sick. The full complement of missalettes have been restored to the pews and regular collections have resumed. In time we should have more altar servers, the offertory procession, and the sign of peace offered. So, let's hope and pray everything moves forward positively.
Stay safe, stay well and God bless always!
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 is open Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Please call 887-9197 for more information.
The full supply of the weekly bulletin is published 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 from 10am to 5pm 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.
Stay St. Raymond Strong!