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Diocese of Rockville Centre Joins Holy Father in Day of Prayer on Saturday, Sept. 7

All are welcome to attend Vigil for Peace at Seminary from 1 – 5 p.m.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – September 4, 2013 – The Most Rev. William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, has invited Catholics to join the Holy Father and the Church Universal in praying and fasting for peace in Syria and the Middle East on Saturday, September 7, 2013. “This is a day for Catholics for prayer and fasting wherever they may be,” said Bishop Murphy. “I am asking all Catholics to make some particular effort of prayer at home or in their parish church for peace during this grave time in Syria and the Middle East.”


Churches across Long Island will offer opportunities for communal prayer including celebrating the Mass for Peace, recitation of the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.

Last Sunday, during the course of his remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer, Pope Francis urgently called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and the world to be held on September 7, 2013, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace.

“On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world,” said Pope Francis.

Special Vigil at Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
In accord with the Holy Father’s request, Bishop Murphy is also inviting the Catholic faithful to pray in unity with the Holy Father at a special vigil held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY on Saturday, September 7, from 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT. These hours coincide with the hours Pope Francis will pray in Saint Peter’s Square.

This vigil will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Rosary, the Litany of the Saints, readings from scripture and vespers with benediction. The vigil will conclude with Mass celebrated by the Most. Rev. Robert Brennan which will include admission to the candidacy for men studying for permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Tentative Schedule:

1:00 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and midday prayer
1:30 PM Scripture reading and brief reflection
1:45 PM Litany
2:15 PM Rosary
2:45 PM Scripture Reading, Brief Reflection followed by Litany
3:15 PM Rosary
4:00 PM Vespers with benediction and Reposition (Bishop Robert J. Brennan, presiding)
5:00 PM Mass (Bishop Robert Brennan)

“Coming to the Seminary is an exemplary way to join in this communal prayer for peace with the Holy Father,” said Bishop Murphy.

The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception ( is located at 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, New York 11743. Tel: 631-423-0483

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( 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).

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
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