Bishop Barres’ Letter on School Funding

July 29, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Catholic schools and the tuition-paying families that support them are facing enormous challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One month ago I shared with you the sad news that due in part to the pandemic, three of our elementary schools would close and reopen in September. Our Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is expecting and planning for what they forecast to be a dramatic increase in requests for tuition assistance due to the effects of the pandemic. Read more…


Letter from Pastor, August 2, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It has come to our attention that some people are relaxing the observance of the protocols that we have been given to observe, as we reopen our churches. I want to use this column this weekend to once again underscore the rules that we have on several occasions announced and published in the bulletin and on the website.

NYS and Church Laws: There are two sets of rules: (1) Those that govern all residents of New York State, given by the Governor, Andrew Cuomo. (2) Those that govern only Catholics, given by the Bishop of the Rockville Centre Diocese, Most Reverend John Barres. They complement each other; not contradictory.

Obey the Laws: The rules have been made for our safety and wellbeing. It is essential that we comply with these rules while in public places, including the church. Our strict observance of the protocols would show our vigilance for our own safety and that of others. We are each other’s keeper.

Face Covering: Please, Remember to Wear Your Mask or any face covering! Ensure that both your mouth and nose are covered. The Diocese has directed that if anyone has difficulty breathing, that person must stay at home and watch the Mass online or on TV (the Catholic Faith Network). The dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation is still in effect.

Social Distancing: Please be reminded that all social distancing protocols remain in effect. Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others both when seated in the church and while entering and exiting. Your charity, cooperation and understanding are appreciated. Continue reading “Letter from Pastor, August 2, 2020”

First Holy Communion Dates


The children of St. Frances will be receiving Jesus for the first time at the following dates and mass times:

Saturday, August 15 at 5:30pm Mass

Sunday August 16 at 10am & 12 noon Mass

Saturday, August 22 at 5:30pm Mass

Sunday August 23 at 10am & 12 noon Mass

Saturday, August 29 at 5:30pm Mass

Sunday August 30 at 10am & 12 noon Mass

Saturday September 12 at 5:30pm Mass

Sunday September 13 at 10am & 12 noon Mass

Saturday September 19 at 5:30pm Mass

Please pray for our First Communicants as they receive Jesus for the first time.

News from St. Frances CYO Basketball

As of now, there has been no determination in regards to the upcoming CYO basketball season.

We are awaiting guidelines from CYO to see if it will be feasible to have a season. We hope to receive those shortly.

Thanks for your patience and please stay safe.

Any question please email Pat Collins /