www.drvc.org We in the Diocese of Rockville Centre make up the Roman Catholic Church on Long Island. As a sacramental community, we are one with the Catholic Church throughout the world, while here at home we are united under the leadership of Bishop William Murphy to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as one family of faith and to celebrate this life in our liturgy, sacraments, prayer and service. http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/2.html Tue, 23 May 2017 14:44:30 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Vocations Office Launches New Vocations Website http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/vocations-office-launches-new-vocations-website.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/vocations-office-launches-new-vocations-website.html

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 21, 2009 – In conjunction with the Year for Priests, the Vocations Office of the Roman Catholic Church of Long Island has launched its new website www.longislandpriest.com.  Using cutting-edge design and functionality, the website features informative, compelling videos and articles for prospective discerners to gain more knowledge about the discernment process, the priesthood and various seminary options.

The goal of this contemporary website is to give young men on Long Island a modern resource about the discernment process and the priesthood.  Also, this site will give any potential discerner guidance in where to turn after his initial questions are answered.

“We are so happy to have our own vocations website,” said Father Brian Barr, director of vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “The site should definitely help those who are considering the call to the priesthood – something very much needed these days – and will also help the parents of those discerning. The parent’s resource page will be a tremendous help in answering questions that seem to have no answer.”

Along with news about upcoming events in the world of vocations, the site gives detailed information about what it takes to be a priest. With blog posts, video and feature stories, the site is dedicated to give possible discerners on Long Island a place to further their understanding of the ultimate act of love: the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Other key aspects of the site include a comments section where visitors can submit questions and comments directly to the Vocations Office. The Resource page contains videos and books recommended by current priests for further reflection. And, the Real Life section will detail the stories of those priests by giving insight into their day-to-day lives.

 “Longislandpriest.com is another piece to the vocations puzzle,” said Sean Dolan, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “We hope that this will be a great resource for discerning men.”


About The Catholic Church of Long Island

The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
                (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                (c) 516-510-0473
                E-mail: rvcinfo@drvc.org

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2009 Press Releases Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:24:46 +0000
Funeral Arrangements for Rev. Msgr. James M. Kissane http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/funeral-arrangements-for-reverend-monsignor-james-m.-kissane.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/funeral-arrangements-for-reverend-monsignor-james-m.-kissane.html

Reverend Monsignor James M. Kissane 

Wake:

 

 

 

Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Chapey Funeral Home
200 E. Main Street
East Islip, NY 11730
631-581-5600

Sunday, December 20, 2009 3:00 p.m.
St. John of God Chapel
84 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722
631-234-6535

Mass of Transferral:   

 

Sunday, December 20, 2009 7:30 p.m.
St. John of God Chapel
84 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722
631-234-6535

Funeral Mass:

 

 

Monday, December 21, 2009 10:30 a.m.
St. Agnes Cathedral
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
 516-766-0205

Cemetery:

 St. Charles Cemetery


Curriculum Vitae
Rev. Msgr. James M. Kissane, 44

Birth:                                              June 29, 1965
Bronx, New York

Death:

December 16, 2009

Education: Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception Seminary

Ordination:

 

 

May 30, 1992
Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre

Assignments:

 

6/24/92    Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead – Associate Pastor
6/25/97    Church of St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport – Associate Pastor
10/13/99   Suffolk Police Department - Chaplain
6/25/03     Church of St. John of God, Central Islip - Pastor

 

Picture Available Upon Request.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

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2009 Press Releases Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:46:38 +0000
Catholic Conference 'pleased and grateful' with Senate vote on same-sex 'marriage' http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/catholic-conference-pleased-and-grateful-with-senate-vote-on-same-sex-marriage.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/catholic-conference-pleased-and-grateful-with-senate-vote-on-same-sex-marriage.html  

New York State Catholic Conference Executive Director Richard E. Barnes made the following statement today regarding the defeat of a bill in the New York State Senate by a vote of 38-24 that would have allowed people of the same sex to “marry” each other:

“On behalf of the Bishops of New York State, we are extremely pleased and grateful that the New York State Senate in a bipartisan vote rejected the concept that marriage can be anything other than the union of one man and one woman.
“While the Catholic Church rejects unjust discrimination against homosexual men and women, there is no question that marriage by its nature is the union of one man and one woman. Advocates for same-sex ‘marriage’ have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable. However, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society.”

The Catholic Conference represents New York State’s Bishops in matters of public policy.

Visit their Website: New York State Catholic Conference


Contact:
Dennis Poust
518-434-6195 (O)
518-439-7805 (H)
518-225-4882 (mobile)
dpoust@nyscatholic.org

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2009 Press Releases Fri, 04 Dec 2009 14:27:18 +0000
Statement Regarding Rev. Msgr. Alan J. Placa Decision http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/statement-regarding-rev.-msgr.-alan-j.-placa-decision.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/statement-regarding-rev.-msgr.-alan-j.-placa-decision.html  

The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the  Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has been informed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome that it has completed its final review of the status of Rev. Msgr. Alan J. Placa, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The Congregation has found him to be not guilty of the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor which was made against him in June of 2002.

When the allegation was made, the Diocese immediately placed Msgr. Placa on administrative leave of absence.  Over the course of seven and a half years, this case has been subjected to extraordinary scrutiny including all of the elements required by the Essential Norms established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas in 2002. 

This decision confirms the same decision which was determined in first instance by the Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany.  The Holy See’s definitive decision completes the canonical process for Msgr. Placa.  This action by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith renders the decision final and definitive.  As a result of this decision, Msgr. Placa is no longer on administrative leave and is now permitted to exercise priestly ministry freely in the Roman Catholic Church.  In accordance with the provisions of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, we have been instructed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to restore Msgr. Placa to ministry and to do what we can to restore his good name.

“I thank the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith as well as the Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany for their work.  We will abide by its decision to return Msgr. Placa to ministry,” said Bishop Murphy.  “We hope that everyone in the diocese will recognize that Msgr. Placa is a priest in good standing.  It is my hope and prayer that this decision will bring closure and healing.  We also ask people of good will to join us in praying for those who were, in fact, victims of sexual abuse.  Their suffering must never be forgotten.”

Bishop Murphy and Msgr. Placa have agreed that Msgr. Placa will not be given a diocesan assignment.  Msgr. Placa will reside at St. Aloysius parish, Great Neck.  Msgr. Placa’s status is that of a retired priest in good standing.


Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
Cell: 516-510-0473
sdolan@drvc.org

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2009 Press Releases Thu, 03 Dec 2009 21:46:20 +0000
http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/the-diocese-of-rockville-centre-s-annual-catholic-campus-ministry-mission-trip.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/the-diocese-of-rockville-centre-s-annual-catholic-campus-ministry-mission-trip.html  

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. Twenty students from the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Catholic Campus Ministry will be traveling to Belize for one week to volunteer their time to better the living conditions there.  This year’s trip has nearly doubled the students from last year’s mission trip.  The students will be leaving January 10, 2010 with Father Brian Barr, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

While in Belize, the students will serve the community of Benque, a small town near the border of Belize and Mexico.  They hope to assist those struggling to provide safe homes for their families, as the living conditions are very poor.  As a result, the team will participate in several building projects with Habitat for Humanity.  In addition to the building projects, they will work with a local high school, Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School, to provide assistance to teachers both in the classroom and through various after school activities.

Last January, eleven students from the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Catholic Campus Ministry traveled to Blessed Assurance Orphanage in Jamaica.  This is one of eight orphanages run by Mustard Seed Communities, a privately-run Catholic organization that cares for children with physical and mental disabilities to bring joy and bring life to the children. They came back to serve as leaders on their college campuses, filled with a renewed zeal and love for Jesus Christ and their brothers and sisters in their communities.

“The fact that I could get these kids up and help them run, play and eat made me feel so connected to Jesus and all He did for us,” said Jillian Lipari, junior year student, Hofstra University.  Jesus used His abilities to help people experience what they never have, and perhaps never would have without His influence.  I, a 20-year-old college student, was able to do that for these kids.”

In order to afford the trip, each student is trying to raise $1,200, which will cover the cost of travel, room and board as well as a donation to leave with the Belizean people.  Additionally, students are planning a campus-wide fundraising event entitled "So You BELIZE You Can Dance," on December 3rd at Adelphi University, to build awareness and gain support of the mission through prayers and financial means.

Campus Ministry is one of the ministries of the Catholic Church of Long Island supported by the Catholic Ministries Appeal. 

For additional information or to contribute to the mission trip, please contact Matthew Rudolph at mrudolph@drvc.org.

 

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
               Director of Communications
               (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
               (c) 516-510-0473
               E-mail: rvcinfo@drvc.org

 

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2009 Press Releases Tue, 24 Nov 2009 18:46:53 +0000
Bishop Murphy Issues Pastoral Letter for Renewed Vocations to the Priesthood http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/bishop-murphy-issues-pastoral-letter-for-renewed-vocations-to-the-priesthood-2.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/bishop-murphy-issues-pastoral-letter-for-renewed-vocations-to-the-priesthood-2.html  

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 18, 2009– The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre issued a Pastoral letter entitled “I Will Give You Shepherds,” inviting parishioners and clergy to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their homes, parishes and all other places where “your witness to Christ makes such a difference.” The letter was released on November 4, the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo.

A pastoral letter is an open letter addressed by a bishop to the clergy and/or laity of his diocese.

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI declared June 19, 2009 to June 19, 2010 as the Year for Priests. He has invited the Church to join together in prayer and reflection on the theme The Faithfulness of Christ, the Faithfulness of the Priest.

“There is no Church without bishop and priest because without them we do not have the necessary pastors to teach and guide us all in faithfulness.  Without them we do not have the Eucharist and there can be no Church without the Eucharist. Thus we would be missing the necessary elements, or the very esse, the very being of the Church,” said Bishop Murphy.

For this reason, Bishop Murphy is reaching out to parishioners throughout the diocese to enthusiastically encourage vocations to priesthood as well as religious life. “We must all become actively involved in encouraging vocations through our prayer, our witness, our word and our deed.  Vocations cannot grow in a desert of indifference or apathy,” said Bishop Murphy.

Bishop Murphy outlined some practical suggestions that should help bring men and women into religious life:

• Prayer for vocations at home and church for vocations cannot be stressed enough
• Each parish as well as three diocesan high schools will be holding a monthly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for vocations
• Open, candid discussions with those who are discerning the priesthood

Also, as a part of the Year for Priests, Bishop Murphy asks us all to be thankful of the priests we have currently. “This year, as part of your work for vocations, reach out to your priests.  Please tell them what they mean to you.  A simple thank you for being a priest is more than enough,” said Bishop Murphy.

“It is a time for renewal of heart and mind, of prayer and word that unites us all together as one Church acknowledging our need for good and holy priests, praying they will be given to us and encouraging those we know to consider this as the greatest spiritual adventure God can offer anyone,” said Bishop Murphy.

The complete text of “I Will Give You Shepherds” is available in English and Spanish at www.drvc.org.

 

About The Catholic Church of Long Island

The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

 

 

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                 Director of Communications
                (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                (c) 516-510-0473
                E-mail: rvcinfo@drvc.org

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2009 Press Releases Wed, 18 Nov 2009 19:22:33 +0000
Catholic Church of Long Island Implements Electronic Giving Program with Faith Direct http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/catholic-church-of-long-island-implements-electronic-giving-program-with-faith-direct-3.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/catholic-church-of-long-island-implements-electronic-giving-program-with-faith-direct-3.html

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 18, 2009 – The Catholic Church of Long Island is launching a comprehensive, electronic giving program that is available to all 133 parishes with Faith Direct.

The electronic giving program is a convenient way to practice responsible financial stewardship by using electronic funds transfer (EFT).  Through electronic giving, parishioners can make all contributions to their parishes via an automatic payment from a checking/savings account or credit card – just as one would with their cable bill, phone bill or other expenses.  With the number of personal check users dwindling, this program offers a more secure, yet easy way to support parish offertory.

“[Faith Direct] is a great program,” said Rev. Msgr. Thomas Harold, pastor Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream, NY, who been using Faith Direct since February 2008. “It is safe, secure and has dramatically increased collections. I would definitely recommend Faith Direct.”

The Faith Direct program will help give each individual parish a predictable cash-flow that simply is not possible through traditional cash or check donations. It allows parishioners to fulfill their financial stewardship commitment automatically even when they are not at Mass due to inclement weather, vacation or other out-of-town obligation. As the leading full-service electronic offertory program for the Catholic Church, Faith Direct is uniquely qualified to implement and manage this transition to automated giving.

 “This is a bold action which will benefit our church for years and generations to come by strengthening each individual parish, and maximizing our overall financial stability,” said Charles Trunz, III, chief operating officer, Catholic Church of Long Island and the driving force behind this dramatic move towards a comprehensive electronic giving program. “By making Faith Direct our preferred provider for electronic giving, we’re allowing our parishes to leave the details of automatic giving to the experts and focus of the truly important work of reaching out in the community and helping others.”

“Electronic giving is our core competency, so we offer an unmatched level of expertise as well as one-on-one customer service to each parish, and we also handle every aspect of executing the system as well as transitioning envelope users to electronic giving,” said Brian Walsh, president of Faith Direct. “Also, Faith Direct adheres to the most rigorous security standards available so parishioners can use our system with confidence.”

Working with Faith Direct will also help strengthen the Church.  It will ensure that parishes and faithful will be comfortable with this new way of parish support before the decline in personal check usage renders the current envelope system obsolete.

 

About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

 

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
               (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
               (c) 516-510-0473
               E-mail: rvcinfo@drvc.org

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2009 Press Releases Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:02:42 +0000
Telecare to Air USCCB Fall Meeting Via Satellite http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/telecare-to-air-usccb-fall-meeting-via-satellite.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/telecare-to-air-usccb-fall-meeting-via-satellite.html  

  • USCCB will post updates on blog, Twitter and Facebook
  • Proceedings can be seen on Cablevision channel 29 and FiOS channel 296


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 16, 2009– Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.telecareTV.org), is broadcasting the U.S. Bishops’ Fall General Assembly, held November 16-19 in Baltimore, live via satellite. Telecare is sending live transmissions to members of the Catholic Television Network (CTN) and other Catholic and non-Catholic television systems.

Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) public sessions will air on Telecare Monday, November 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 18, 9 to 11 a.m. Cablevision subscribers can find Telecare on channel 29; Verizon FiOS subscribers can tune in to channel 296 for complete coverage of the USCCB fall meetings.

Hosts of the event will include Rev. Msgr. James Vlaun, CEO and president of Telecare; Sister Mary Alice Piil, C.S.J., director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre; and Rev. Msgr. Robert Brennan, vicar general, Diocese of Rockville Centre.

“This is a great honor for Telecare that the USCCB chose us,” Msgr. Vlaun said. In previous years, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has transmitted its coverage of the bishops’ meeting to other Catholic television systems that wished to carry the coverage.

Telecare is part of the Catholic Television Network, which includes more than a dozen diocesan television systems, such as Brooklyn, Detroit, Boston, Buffalo, California, and Youngstown, Ohio. It will provide the transmission to CTN members. For this year, Telecare will also transmit its coverage to other Catholic television systems at their request without cost, said Msgr. Vlaun.

In addition to Telecare’s coverage, the USCCB Web site will post documents, vote tallies and link to live streaming video at www.usccb.org/meetings/2009fall. The USCCB Office of Media Relations will also provide coverage of the meeting via Twitter at www.twitter.com/usccbmedia, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb) and on the USCCB Media Blog (http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com). The Twitter account will provide real time updates of the meeting’s proceedings while the blog and Facebook posts will include photos and in-depth information.

 


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                 Director of Communications
                 (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                 (c) 516-510-0473
                 E-mail: rvcinfo@drvc.org

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2009 Press Releases Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:06:26 +0000
Bishop Murphy Urges Parishioners to Contact U.S. Representatives about Health Care Concerns http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/bishop-murphy-urges-parishioners-to-contact-u.s.-representatives-about-health-care-concerns.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/bishop-murphy-urges-parishioners-to-contact-u.s.-representatives-about-health-care-concerns.html  

Information Health Care Insert to be Included in Parish Bulletins

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 5, 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, and the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development is requesting Catholics to contact elected representatives about the current health care bill being discussed on Capitol Hill.

Bishop Murphy, as well as the Catholic bishops of the United States, strongly supports genuine health care reform that protects the life and dignity of all – from the moment of conception until natural death.

However, current bills are seriously deficient on the issue of abortion and conscience, and do not yet provide adequate access to health care for immigrants and the poor. For these reasons, the diocese is asking parishioners to contact their respective Representatives and Senators telling them to fix these bills with pro-life amendments.

In pews and bulletins, church-goers will find a special insert from the USCCB which explains why Catholics should tell Congress to remove abortion funding and mandates from needed health care reform.” The insert also includes a Web site address that allows one to send an e-mail message to Congress with a click of a button.

Catholics can find more information on the U.S. bishops’ advocacy for authentic Heath Care Reform, visit www.usccb.org/healthcare.

 

About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
                (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                (c) 516-510-0473
                E-mail: rvcinfo@drvc.org

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2009 Press Releases Fri, 06 Nov 2009 01:25:40 +0000
GUIDELINES REGARDING INFLUENZA http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/guidelines-regarding-influenza.html http://drvc.org/2009-press-releases/guidelines-regarding-influenza.html  

This year’s flu season brings heightened concerns to everyone with the addition of the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus.  All of us are reminded of the need to practice prudence, good hygiene, and proper respiratory etiquette (including sneezing and coughing into one’s elbow rather than into one’s hands) at all times but especially when the influenza virus is prevalent.

With that in mind, the following liturgical guidelines are offered for parishes:

  • Those who believe that they may be coming down with symptoms of the flu, and those who have it, are excused from Sunday Mass. (For your convenience, the Mass from St. Agnes Cathedral is televised each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 7:00 p.m. on Telecare.)
  • Those who administer Holy Communion should be especially attentive to the practice of good hygiene, particularly the washing of hands before and after Mass and even the possibility of using an antibacterial solution before communion.  This should be done discretely and prudently.  Also, ministers should refrain from distributing Holy Communion when they experience symptoms of the flu.  Parishes need to be prepared for the possibility of unexpected absences of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
  • The Sign of Peace may take several forms including, but not limited to, the shaking of hands.  Those who wish may refrain from shaking hands and offer a gesture or nod or word of friendship and peace at that point.  All should understand and accept such a gesture as a genuine sign of peace.
  • Individuals are free to elect to receive the Precious Blood from the Chalice at Masses where it is offered and they are equally free to decline.  We will continue to offer the Chalice at Mass according to local custom.  Those not feeling well certainly should refrain from receiving from the Cup as a sign of courtesy and concern for others.  Pastors can make pastoral and practical decisions about the amount of wine set aside to be consecrated, the proper purification and cleansing of vessels, and whether on a given Sunday it might be necessary to refrain temporarily from offering the Cup during a particularly severe outbreak of the flu or the unavailability of Ministers of Holy Communion.

 

With regard to non-liturgical issues, we also note the following:

  • Individuals engaged in apostolic activities, especially outreach to the infirm at home or in hospitals or nursing homes, should be attentive to hygiene and should refrain from these activities when they are not feeling well, especially since the homebound are more susceptible to illness.  Again, consideration of good hygiene and proper respiratory etiquette applies.  It might be wise to carry an antibacterial solution in the car for the cleansing of hands immediately before and after a visit.  Individual hospitals and facilities will have their own guidelines and volunteers are urged to respect all such applicable guidelines.
  • Schools and religious education programs should follow the practices and recommendations of the local boards of health and school districts.

 

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2009 Press Releases Fri, 06 Nov 2009 01:10:11 +0000