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Ash Wednesday – Feb. 17

Protocol for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The reception of blessed ashes by the Catholic faithful is important for our people.  However, in the time of the pandemic, the imposition of ashes in the usual manner is not possible.   It is also prudent to remind the faithful that Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and that one is not obliged to attend Mass, nor is one obliged to receive ashes.

Because of the instruction from Cardinal Sarah and due to the current state of the pandemic, this year the Diocese of Rockville Centre will administer ashes by sprinkling the blessed ashes on the top of the head of the recipient.  While imposition of ashes with the sign of the cross on the forehead has been customary in the United States, in many other parts of the world, the Roman Rite’s tradition of sprinkling of dry ashes on top of the head is, in fact, the more common practice. 

The Priest will say the prayer for blessing the ashes.  He will sprinkle the ashes with holy water, without saying anything.  Then he addresses all those present and only once says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”, or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return“. The priest after cleansing his hands and putting on his mask will distribute the ashes to those who come to him.  The priest will take the ashes and sprinkle them on the head of each one without saying anything.

The Season of Lent – Fr. Seth

Dear Parishioners,

The Holy Season of Lent begins this week, on Ash Wednesday. Lent, as we know, is a preparatory period for the celebration of the greatest Christian festival, Easter. To celebrate this great feast, the Christian community needs adequate spiritual preparation through acts of fasting, penitence, reconciliation, and renewal. It is a time when we recall our initial conversion through the waters of baptism. Since conversion is a continuous life-long religious experience, Lent is the particular time of the year when we are reminded to recommit ourselves to the gospel of Christ. In the liturgy of Ash Wednesday, one of the formularies that we shall hear as ashes are imposed on us is, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” It will echo over and over again throughout the season. Continue reading “The Season of Lent – Fr. Seth”

2022 Mass Book

The 2022 Mass Book will open for announced Mass intentions on Tuesday, January 21st. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to open the Mass Book at the Pastoral Center.  All requests for 2022 Mass Intentions must be made in writing. Please include your name & phone number, the name of who the intention is for and the Mass(s) you are requesting.

Please mail it in or drop it into the Blue Box in Church or in front of the Pastoral Center. We will do our best to accommodate your request.  There will be a limit of 10 Masses and the stipend remains at $20 per Mass.

Parish Social Ministry Pantry Items Needed

As always, your generosity has kept the pantry well stocked throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Now as the new year begins, these are items we are especially in need of:       


As always, supermarket gift cards and gas cards are always in demand. 

Thank you for all the help. It is greatly appreciated.

God Bless,

This list is printable.  Click here to print.

Sunday’s Word / Breaking Bread books

Due to Covid Virus  we are unable to provide Breaking Bread Books in the pews this year. Also this year we will not be selling Sunday’s Word Books. If you would like to have your own personal copy of the readings, we will be selling Breaking Bread Books for $5.00 each. You will be responsible for your own book please write your name and phone number on the front cover just in case it is left behind by mistake.

These books will be available after 9 AM Mass Monday thru Friday – please see Cookie Reisert. They will also be available the weekend of November 28 & 29 in the church lobby after all Masses (except the 5 PM Mass). Please have a check made out to St Frances or exact change. At any time you may call 785-2333 X 202 to arrange pick up of a Breaking Bread Book.

Mass Cards

Mass Cards, Altar Candles. Eucharistic Bread & Wine and Altar Flowers are still available even though the Pastoral Center is Closed.

If you need a Mass Card etc. please call 516-785-2333 X 202 or 203. Please leave a message.

The Pastoral Center is closed but we are working from home and will return your call. We will mail your Mass Card anywhere you need it to go.