Special Announcement, Child Victims Act

Diocese of Rockville Centre

OFFICE  OF  THE BISHOP

August 11, 2019

Dear  Brothers and Sisters  in Christ:

Our Church continues to suffer as a result of past sins of sexual abuse of minors. Victim survivors of abuse and their families also continue to carry the terrible effects of that abuse. We pray that the fire of the Holy Spirit may descend upon the Church to purify and sanctify her. It is also important that we are all aware of recent developments that will cause uncertainty and present serious challenges for us in the months and perhaps years ahead.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act  (CVA)  into  law  last  February.  The CVA suspends for one year any statute of limitations associated with  alleged  sexual  abuse of a minor. This law  will allow currently time-barred lawsuits to be brought against individuals as well as public and private institutions, regardless of how many years or even decades ago the abuse may have taken place.

When the one-year window to file lawsuits opens on August 14, 2019, hundreds, if not thousands of  lawsuits are expected to be filed across New York State against dioceses, parishes, municipalities, public schools, hospitals and a broad range of not-for-profit charitable organizations, both religious and non­religious. The financial impact of this law may  be far reaching.

However, if we are people of the Paschal Mystery,  we enter the unknown with what we do know –  that  the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ will sustain and strengthen us in the days ahead. The power of the Resurrection overcomes despair.

No doubt, we will hear about many past failures. We will again hear the heart wrenching stories of victim survivors. I have personally met with survivors of abuse, their families, friends and loved ones.  I have listened at a deep level to their stories of tragedy, betrayal, trauma and their heroic efforts to engage in the process of healing. Their lifelong wounds of trauma run so deep, that only the warmth  of the Holy Spirit  can begin to touch, relieve and heal  them. Together, we pray that the fire of the Holy  Spirit brings the light of true repentance and reform, moving the Church to continue listening and  responding with the humility and compassion of Jesus Christ.

It is also important that we be aware of what is already happening and has been happening for many years in our Diocese as to the extraordinary work that goes into child protection. First, the Diocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Young People was established in 2003. Many years of hard work have made this office one which puts the safety and well-being of children first, and seeks to reach out to and support victim survivors of abuse. It works to ensure the screening and training of every person who works in or volunteers for the Church. If you are an employee or a volunteer in your parish, you know about background checks, VIRTUS training and the call for every member of the Church to be vigilant in protecting children.

For years, we have worked closely with law enforcement whenever an allegation of abuse is made against a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Our confidential hotline (516-594-9063) is closely monitored, and calls made to it are returned within 24 hours by a licensed mental health professional. Allegations of abuse are promptly reported to the appropriate district attorney’s office and are thoroughly investigated. In addition, pastoral care and mental health support is offered to any abuse survivor who needs assistance.

These are just a few of the reforms, efforts and safeguards that have been in place since 2002 in our Diocese, and have made the Church on Long Island a truly safe environment. And we do not rest there. We continually work to discern the best ways to adjust and enhance our child protection practices, to raise consciousness in the Church and society about vigilance and to support survivors of abuse.

In 2017, we initiated our Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) to provide a confidential mechanism for survivors to receive compensation and some measure of healing and justice. We intend to continue this program for the foreseeable future, even after the CVA takes effect, so survivors can, if they wish, be heard in a fair, respectful, confidential and timely  way.  To date, 370 people have filed claims with our IRCP. The vast majority of claimants—277 to be exact – have accepted compensation totaling just over $50 million, with 75-80 claims still being processed.

We have worked diligently with our financial and legal advisors to assess our financial position and maximize the availability of insurance coverage to meet the demands that will likely be imposed by anticipated CVA litigation. Please also know that parish collections and financial donations made through the Catholic Ministries Appeal will continue to be used, consistent with our commitment to our parishioners, to support the Diocese, and its ministries and pursue the goals of the Catholic Ministry Appeal. The parish offertory and Catholic Ministry Appeal funds have not and will not be used to resolve claims for clergy sexual abuse.

The work of the Church – of administering the Sacraments, of teaching, healing, advocating, serving, and ministering to the poor and vulnerable – can and must continue, despite the sins of the past. I speak in greater detail about all of this, and about the Diocese’s robust safe environment practices and commitment to them, in a Catholic Faith Network (CFN) special video which you can view on CFN television, the Diocesan website (www.drvc.org) and on Diocese of Rockville Centre social media platforms.

The coming months will require perseverance and prayer if we are to  emerge  even  more  dedicated  to Christ’s saving mission. As the opening of the CVA window takes place near the Solemnity of  the  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin,  we are reminded  to tum  to Mary  our  Mother  and  draw  courage  from the one who did not look away from her suffering  Son.  She  waited  patiently,  suffered  with  Him,  and shared  in His victory over sin and  death.

This is the same Mary who, as Mother of the Church, gathered with the Apostles in the locked room, waiting for the power of the Holy Spirit to descend at Pentecost. As we enter a time of Paschal Mystery suffering, may Mary guide us, so that together we may continue to carry out the mission of her Son: the building up of the Kingdom of God throughout Long Island and the world.

Sincerely in Christ,

John O. Barres

Most Reverend John O. Barres

Bishop of Rockville Centre

PO Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-0023

Bishopsoffice@drvc.org; 516-678-5800

Religious Education

Religious Education Registration

Religious Education early bird discount is now at an end. The regular registration is ongoing throughout the remainder of the summer and will conclude on September 1st. Please make every effort to submit your forms before September 1st. Classes are filling up quickly and you may be closed out of your first choice.

Please consider becoming a member of our wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers and receive a substantial fee discount!

Catechists are still needed in the following grades:

Kindergarten – Tuesdays 4-5 PM

Grade 4 – Tuesdays 4-5 PM

Grade 7 – Tuesdays 7-8 PM

Grade 5 – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4-5 PM

Kindergarten – Wednesdays 5-5 PM

Grade 1 – Wednesdays 4-5 PM

Grade 3 – Wednesdays 4-5 PM

Grade 6 – Wednesdays 7-8 PM

Family Program – Grade 2 – 9:15-10:15 AM Sundays

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The St. Boniface Parish Religious Education Program assists parents with the sacred responsibility of educating their children in the Catholic faith. Our parish offers both formal classroom instruction and a Family Program of religious instruction. For more information, please contact Karen Croce at 516-671-0418 or by email at stbonccd@gmail.com.

Registration:

Print and sign the following forms:

  1. Religious Education 2019-2020 Registration Form
  2. Family Participation Agreement
  3. Photography and Video Release Form
  4. Religious Ed Volunteer Form
  5. Emergency Care Form
  6. Copy of student’s Baptismal Certificate.
  7. Print and sign forms 1 through 6, above, and submit them with payment at the registration sessions after Sunday Masses or bring them to the Parish Office.  See Tuition rates, below.  Payments may be made online at  FaithDirecthttps://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/NY820/25277.

Any questions please call the Religious Education Office at 516-671-0418.

Program Choices:

Class preferences are filled on a first come first served basis.

GradeDayTime
K-6Tuesday 4- 5 pm
K-6Wednesday  4-5 pm
6-8Tuesday OR Wednesday7-8 pm
K-8Family Program: Sunday-(Parents attend with child), Class followed by MassClass: 9:15 – 10:15 am
Followed by Mass at 10:30 am


Tuition:

Early Bird Registration Fee (received before July 15): $150 for 1st child – $100 for each additional child ($350 max per family).

Regular Registration Fee (received after July 15): $175 for the 1st child – $115 for each additional child ($405 max per family).

Catechist Only (Religious Education Teacher Volunteer) Discount: deduct 60%   (1 child:$60 – 2 children:$100 – 3 or more children: $140)

Note:  Payments may be made online at  FaithDirecthttps://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/NY820/25277.

  • Any questions? Please call the Religious Education Office at 516-671-0418.
Volunteers needed 2014
Training is available and team teaching is encouraged. There is a 50% tuition discount available for all Catechist volunteers.

Parish Outreach

Parish Outreach: Parish Center, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 10 am-1 pm.

Call Jody Fleischmann and David Meagher at (516) 676-0676 x125.

Sandwich Making Saturdays

Mass Schedule

  •  Daily Mass   8 am in Chapel
  •  Sunday Masses:  Saturday: 5 pm Vigil;   Sunday: 9 am, 10:30 am (Family Mass), 12 Noon
  •  Holy Day Masses:  5pm Vigil; 8am, 7pm
  •  Special Intentions Mass:   5pm first Saturday of month

Website and app for finding Mass times and locations while traveling.

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Group gives teens the opportunity to meet and foster lasting friendships while exploring our faith and belief.

Check us out, bring some friends, make some new ones!  Join our Facebook page “St. Boniface Youth Group“.

All are welcome!

Belinda Basaca Zeitlin:  516-676-0676;  email:  stbonym@gmail.com.

We meet on Sundays from 6 – 8 pm in the Fr. James Donohoe Parish Center.  All 8th – 12th graders are invited!

For up to date information on all of our events email stbonym@gmail.com to join our weekly mailing list or follow us on Instagram at STBONYG
Follow us on our  Instagramusername: ‘stbonyg’,
Join our Facebook  page ‘St. Boniface Youth Group
Email  the Youth Minister, Belinda, at stbonym@gmail.com.
Who is your new Youth Ministry Director?
Dr. Belinda Basaca Zeitlin, MS, MD (aka “Dr. B”) is a pediatrician and has been a St. Boniface Parishioner for over a decade.  She and her husband were raised in Glen Cove and returned to the area in June 2000 to raise their now teenage boys.  She has extensive training in youth empowerment, interpersonal communication and leadership skills. She serves as member to the Pastoral Council, an Extraordinary Minister and lector and has launched several new initiatives at our Parish including the Parish Yard Sale and Christmas Around the World. As a parent and pediatrician, she has prided her professional work on being a sentinel for child protection and anti-bullying. As a child advocate, her life’s mission is to empower youth and instill leadership skills that will last them a lifetime.
 

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Through Faith Direct you can make all of your contributions to St. Boniface Martyr via automatic payment from your checking account or credit card – just as you may do now with your mortgage, household bills, and other monthly payments. This is a great way to simplify your giving – and it’s the most cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way for our parish to receive your gifts.

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