The Great Week

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop

A Pilgrimage with the Lord in Holy Week.

This pastoral letter, written by Bishop John Barres in 2020 has been reissued for 2021. This Lent, make a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Lord during the last week of His life by attending, or if that is not possible, viewing virtually, all the liturgies that take place in your local parish during Holy Week, the final week of Lent just prior to Easter. This pastoral letter will provide you an overview and explanation of the ‘places’ you will visit, the things you will see and the people you will meet on your spiritual journey. To read the letter, visit www.thegreatweek.com.

http://www.thegreatweek.com

Community Easter Dawn Service

Our Parish is once again participating in a Community Easter Dawn Service, along with other area Christian churches, at Morgan Park, Glen Cove from 7:00 am to 7:30  am on Easter Sunday morning.  Please note that this is NOT a Mass.  Our Easter Sunday morning Masses are at 9 am, 10:30 am and 12 Noon in the church  The Dawn Service is limited to 150 people.  All attendees are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.  The service will also be simulcast via Facebook Live on the Community Easter Dawn Services Facebook page.

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Holy Week and Easter

Lent Obligations

Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence for Catholics. Good Friday is an obligatory day of fasting, for those ages 18 through 59, and abstinence for those ages 14 and over. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal and two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.  –US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Stations of the Cross

Fridays at 7pm during Lent (not Good Friday) 

Penance Day, Monday, March 29: 3pm-9pm

Individual Confessions in the Parish Center

Holy Thursday, April 1

9am Morning Prayer

7:30pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Adoration at Repository until 10:30pm

10:30pm Night Prayer

Good Friday, April 2

9am Morning Prayer

3pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

Church will be open for private veneration until 7pm

7pm Night Prayer

(No Stations of the Cross on Good Friday)

Holy Saturday, April 3

9am Morning Prayer

12 noon Blessing of Food

(No Confessions on Holy Saturday)

(No 5pm Mass Holy Saturday)

7:30pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 4

Masses at 9am, 10:30am, 12 Noon

Interfaith Community Easter Dawn Service
(NOT a Mass)
Morgan Park, Glen Cove, Easter Sunday, 7 am

Diocesan Bankruptcy Update

Information Re: Claims Deadline

Information regarding the deadlines for filing proofs of claim in the Diocese’s chapter 11 case and the forms to use can be found by clicking on the following link to the Diocese’s bankruptcy website and scrolling down the page: 

https://dm.epiq11.com/drvc

Diocesan Bankruptcy Announcement
October 2020

Our Parish received this message relative to the announcement that the Diocese of Rockville Centre has declared bankruptcy:

A Message to the Faithful of the Diocese of Rockville Centre:

As our valued partner in providing spiritual, educational, charitable and cultural activities in the Long Island community, the Diocese of Rockville Centre felt it was important to share the news with you that today we have filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In addition to the media release attached to this email, a video message from Bishop Barres announcing this filing and other information regarding the filing is posted on the diocesan website: www.drvc.org

We took this necessary action to manage litigation expenses, address disputes with the Diocese’s insurers and facilitate settlements of lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act. Like many other institutions and the parishioners, we serve, the Diocese has suffered a strain on its finances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 40 percent of our annual revenue comes from offertory collections, which have dropped precipitously with attendance at Sunday Mass. 

We believe the restructuring process is the only way to ensure a fair and equitable outcome for everyone involved, including abuse survivors whose compensation settlements will be resolved by the courts.

But rest assured, this process will impede neither our mission to be a spiritual resource to the 1.4 million Catholics who reside in Long Island nor our partnership with your organization.

The Diocese believes its current and future liquidity will be sufficient to fund operations and ministries during the restructuring process and beyond. Operations of the parishes and schools are expected to continue as normal. We will work diligently with all survivors, creditors and ministries to maintain open communication while we work toward our goal of completing a settlement and finalizing a restructuring plan that includes a comprehensive and fair resolution for survivors.

We appreciate your support prayers during this period. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. You may also find updated information on our website: www.drvc.org.Sean Dolan/516-510-0473

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Schedule

On Ash WednesdayFebruary 17, 2021, ashes will be distributed by sprinkling them over one’s head so as to make it contactless.  Ashes will NOT be imposed on foreheads this year to avoid contamination of the priest or ministers and congregants. Ashes will be distributed inside the church at 8 am Mass and 12:15 pm Mass, and at two Word Services outside the front of the Church at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm with distribution of Ashes from 4:30 pm to 5 pm and 5:30 pm to 6 pm.

 * Ministers will be at the main entrance of the Church. Entry into the Church is not required,  however you may come in for private prayer, if you wish.  *Please Note: You may stop by anytime within the “outside” time frame to receive ashes, perhaps on your way home from work.

Our Parish During COVID

The year 2020 brought hard times to our Parish and the word with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Near the onset of the crisis, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter at St. Boniface were celebrated in innovative and moving ways in order to keep our parish and community safe.

Onset of Crisis

The parish’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Party was, by chance, celebrated rather early in 2020, on March 1, a few days after Ash Wednesday. Few, of any, present that day foresaw that it would be the last social occasion they would be able celebrate in physical proximity to each other for a number of months.

Parishioner Belinda Basaca Zeitlin had already organized and conducted the first session of a Family Lenten Retreat series and a demonstration of Passover Seder, but by the time St. Patrick’s Day itself had arrived, the Diocese of Rockville Centre had announced that it was joining surrounding Dioceses in suspending the public celebration of liturgy and all other public gatherings. Within a week, most religious entities in the United States had taken the same step.

Safe Together at Home for Lent and Easter

The balance of Lent and Easter were celebrated by the parish from the safety of home by parishioners lucky enough to be able to shelter there, praying for the safety of friends and relatives who were members of groups especially endangered by the virus and others the world came to revere under the heroic title of “front-line” servants to their community.

These brave people included physicians, nurses, EMT’s and other medical personnel, first responders, sanitation and utility workers, restaurant and retail employees and all manner of public servant. With everyone else, parishioners were inspired to describe them what they always were, “essential” to society, or, as our church teaches: people using their God-gifted charisms to build up the Kingdom.

The Parish reminded the neighborhood about these special people by ringing the church bells every afternoon at 3 PM.

How St. Boniface Prayed and Stayed Together

St. Boniface had long had in place a “virtual” online infrastructure which parishioners, staff and clergy now pushed into high gear in order to celebrate Lent and Easter while unable to congregate physically together.

The parish had established a website soon after the dawn of he internet and had embraced other elements of social media, particularly Facebook, as they developed. These tools were invaluable in allowing the parish to gather as well as it could under the unprecedented circumstances thrust upon it by the COVID-19 health crisis.

The last three sessions of the Family Lenten Retreat series were held via “Zoom” conferences, allowing participants to see and share directly with each other online. Zoom also provided parishioners and friends to pray Lenten Stations of the Cross as if they were present in the church building.

Sunday Mass came to be celebrated online, streamed on Facebook Live and archived on the website and the parish YouTube channel. Parishioners who had not previously felt called to embrace social media, particularly senior citizens, now appreciated the semblance of community it provided, particularly for the observance of the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, Easter and related devotions.

The St. Boniface Youth Group also met by Zoom; young people were already familiar with it since all middle, high school and college classes had begun using such tools once school campuses were shut down because of the crisis.

Fathers Kevin Dillon, Chinthaka Perera and Azubuike Igwegbe, concelebrated Holy Week and Easter Masses, often in the of members of the Sisters of Jesus the Savior residing at St. Bonface in attendance and proclaiming the readings. Musical Director, Jeff Schneider, played the organ and Cantor, April Beisser, sang on Easter Sunday and on other Sundays providing a most welcome sense of “normalcy”.

The following videos are samples of some of the observances streamed during the crisis:

Community Easter Dawn Service 2020

A multi-lingual service, hosted by the eight-member churches of the Committee for the Community Easter Dawn Service, was streamed online on Easter Sunday 2020.

Community Easter Dawn Service 2020

The message of Easter was shared by local clergy, including Fr. Kevin and Fr. Perera. Robert Lynch opened and closed the service with the bagpipes.

Easter Dawn Service 2020 Program

Streamed Easter Vigil 2020

The Crisis Continues

Our parish was one of the first on Long Island to establish a presence on the internet, launching a website at www.saintboniface.org, on October 15, 1999.  With the rise of “social media”, the parish has also developed Facebook pages and uses such tools as Twitter, Instagram, and a YouTube channel.  The weekly parish bulletin and newsletters are distributed digitally on these platforms and are also sent by email to about 900 online subscribers.  The parish’s head-start in the world of digital communication was a blessing as the Covid-19 crisis stretched far longer than we would have thought, lasting a year or more, into 2021, and the continuing need to provide safe live-streamed Masses and virtual replacements for face to face meetings and the social activities curtailed by the crisis. 

VIRTUS Update

Child Protection at St. Boniface

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People promulgated by the Bishops of the United States in 2002 outlines specific practices and guidelines providing standards of safety in parishes and diocese throughout the United States.

In an effort to remain in compliance with these directives we are updating our records.

The process has been streamlined and the volunteer application, code of conduct and background screening can be accomplished online at www.Virtus.org. You will need your user name and password to update your account. If you need assistance please contact Virtus at 1-888847-8870 or helpdesk@vitus.org.

Active Volunteers:
If you are an active volunteer you may receive an email from Sterling Volunteers who will be asking you to update your background screening application on-line.

Please be aware that this is not a scam nor has your e-mail been hacked. It is merely a way for the parish to make sure its files are accurate and up to date.

Once you have accessed your account, review the information for accuracy and make any changes necessary by hitting the TOOLBOX tab at the top of the screen and choose Update My Account.

Any further questions please contact Christine Whited, our VIRTUS coordinator at stbonvirtus@gmail.com.

How the Diocese of Rockville Centre Has Been
Addressing Child Protection and
the Clergy Abuse Scandal

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2021

HELP US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Every year through the support and commitment of individuals and organizations, we are able to serve more than 600,000 people in our Long Island community.

The Catholic Ministries Appeal enables our Church to continue to form our youth and adults in the faith, promote the dignity of life, provide quality education to our young people, feed the hungry, and foster vocations to the priesthood.

Your generosity helps to make all of this, and so much more, possible!

Thank you for your support.

Streamed Christmas Masses