Christmas Schedule 2019

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas Eve Masses:
Tuesday, December 24
4 pm, 5:30 pm, 10 pm

Christmas Day Masses
Wednesday, December 25
9 am, 10:30 am, 12 noon

Mary, the Mother of God, Wednesday, January 1, New Years

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31:
Holy Hour for Peace with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,
Adoration and Benediction 4 pm – 5:30 pm;

Vigil Mass Tuesday, December 31 – 5:30 pm.

Mass Wednesday, January 1: 10:30 am.

Giving Tuesday Thank You

Thank you for your prayers and support on GIVING TUESDAY!  

If you were unable to give on Giving Tuesday, there is still time to join in!  Just click this Faith Direct Button for the easiest way to make your
Giving Tuesday Gift
(select “make a one time gift” and write
“Giving Tuesday” in the note section)
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What is “Giving Tuesday”?

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving which has developed in recent years as a positive reaction to the hype of “Black Friday”and “Cyber Monday”.  It is a wonderful antidote to the frantic consumerism which sometimes threatens to swamp the true meaning of our Advent and Christmas seasons.

  • Please consider taking this opportunity to assist the mission of St. Boniface Martyr Parish.
  • Donations are safe, easy and online.
  • This is great chance to avail of the tax advantages provided by year-end giving.

Thank you for considering a gift to our Parish, and please spread the word of this opportunity among your friends and relatives on social media.

Click here to donate

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World takes place on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 in the St. Boniface Gym immediately after the 5 pm Mass and tree lighting and blessing of the crèche.

This is a Parish run event where we have Christmas displays and treats from many countries.

Ways you can lend a helping hand:

  • Represent a country by coordinating a table at the event (we have 14 countries already!)
  • Performing a holiday dance or song representing your country
  • Helping to obtain or make raffle baskets and donations for the silent auction
  • Helping at the event like selling tickets for the 50/50 raffle
  • This year we are having a cookie swap booth so we are looking for bakers and people to help run that booth!
  • We need help setting up, during the event and cleaning up afterwards as well!
  • Bring your family & friends to start celebrating the Christmas Season in the most festive way!

For more information or to lend your support, please contact:
Email Belinda at bzbasaca@gmail.com or call/text 516-551-2788.

A Fun, Free, Parish-Run Event with:

Christmas Displays & Treats from Different Countries

Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle

Live Entertainment & Christmas Carol Sing-Along

Photo Op with Special Mystery Visitors from the North Pole! 

Giving Tuesday 2019

What is “Giving Tuesday”?

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving which has developed in recent years as a positive reaction to the hype of “Black Friday”and “Cyber Monday”.  It is a wonderful antidote to the frantic consumerism which sometimes threatens to swamp the true meaning of our Advent and Christmas seasons.

  • Please consider taking this opportunity to assist the mission of St. Boniface Martyr Parish.
  • Donations are safe, easy and online.
  • This is great chance to avail of the tax advantages provided by year-end giving.

Thank you for considering a gift to our Parish, and please spread the word of this opportunity among your friends and relatives on social media.

All Saints Day

All Saints' DaySolemnity of All Saints (Holy Day) Friday, November 1

Holy Day Masses, Friday, November 1, 2019:
8 am, 12:15 pm and 7:30 pm

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

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019:  Vigil Mass 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019:  8:00 am, 12:15 pm.

Holy Thursday

April 18: Holy Thursday

9 am Morning Prayer
7:30 pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Adoration at Repository until 10:30 pm
Concludes with 10:30 pm Night Prayer

Good Friday

April 19: Good Friday

9 am Morning Prayer
3 pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
4:30 – 6:00 pm Confessions
7:30 pm Stations of the Cross

April 20: Holy Saturday

9 am Morning Prayer
11 am-12 pm Confessions
12 pm Blessing of the Food
8 pm The Easter Vigil (no 5 pm Mass)

April 21: Easter SundayMasses at 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm

Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday at St. Boniface Martyr Parish.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturdaty

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. Paschal Triduum 2019 will begin in the evening of Thursday, April 18 & ends in the evening of Sunday, April 21.

April 18: Holy Thursday

9 am Morning Prayer
7:30 pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Adoration at Repository until 10:30 pm
Concludes with 10:30 pm Night Prayer

April 19: Good Friday

9 am Morning Prayer
3 pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
4:30 – 6:00 pm Confessions
7:30 pm Stations of the Cross

April 20: Holy Saturday

9 am Morning Prayer
11 am-12 pm Confessions
12 pm Blessing of the Food
8 pm The Easter Vigil (no 5 pm Mass)

April 21: Easter SundayMasses at 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm