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Outdoor Mass Celebrated by Cardinal Oscar Rodriquez of Honduras to Open Diocesan Eucharistic Congress Print E-mail

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WHAT:Outdoor Mass Celebrated by Cardinal Oscar Rodriquez of Honduras to Open Diocesan Eucharistic Congress

Many cultures and peoples that make up the Diocese of Rockville Centre will gather for prayer, fellowship and reconciliation at the first ever diocesan Eucharistic Congress.

The opening of the Eucharistic Congress will be marked by a diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Eastport. During the day, one of Latin America’s most dynamic pastors, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, will address the theme of “Eucharist, Pentecost and Diversity.”

The day will conclude with a Mass for the Vigil of Pentecost celebrated by Cardinal Oscar along with Bishop William Murphy, all the bishops and as many priests from the diocese as possible. The two weeks of the Eucharistic Congress (June 3, 2006 – June 18, 2006) will be marked as special days of prayer, reflection and adoration in every parish in the diocese.
WHEN:Saturday, June 3, 2006, beginning at Noon; Mass begins at 5 p.m.
WHERE:Shrine of Our Lady of the Island
Eastport, NY
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Call 516-678-5800, ext. 309
 About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 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, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625