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Home 2013 Press Releases Closed since Sandy – St. Mary’s Church, Long Beach to be Blessed on Aug. 15
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• Blessing by Bishop Robert Brennan set for - August 15 at 7:00 p.m.
• Rev. Brian Barr to be installed as pastor

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – August 14, 2013 – The newly-renovated Church of Saint Mary of the Isle, closed since October 29, 2012 as a result of extensive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy will be blessed by the Most Rev. Robert Brennan, vicar general and auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre on
Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Bishop Brennan will also officially install Reverend Brian Barr as pastor.

General repairs to the church were made with more resilient materials and provide a traditional church interior. The interior space looks more like the church which existed prior to the renovations of the 1970s. New finishes and improved lighting enhance the scale and quality of the space in the church, which was constructed in the early 20th century.

Father Barr arrived as pastor of Saint Mary’s barely two weeks before Superstorm Sandy devastated the City of Long Beach. The church building and parish hall suffered major damage from flooding. Immediately following the storm, Saint Mary’s was able to set up a collection and distribution center in the parish hall, offer Mass in the hall at Noon and serve a hot lunch to people right after Mass. The hall has served as the only worship space for the parish since the storm.

The Solemnity of the Assumption is when the Mother of God, was assumed body and soul to Heaven.


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 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.

There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (04/13).