Coronavirus & Our Church

Your Safety is Our Concern!

Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish is concerned for the health & safety of all related to the Coronavirus (CoVid19) pandemic.   Wearing of masks and using common sense in practicing social distancing is part of daily parish life and a must for participation in any parish activity. 

 “What are we doing at our Parish?”  We stay connected together in spirit through prayer and ... this website and parish email blasts.  We follow guidelines and directives of Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York State and Health Officials.  If you currently have not received parish email blasts check your junk or spam box or send your name, town, email address to parishoffice@stcatherineofsienna.org and we will add you to our list.  Visit and read this page along with the To Our Parishioners" page for updates and news.   Click Here  

Highlighted update as of  Monday, May 10, 2021:  

SCS Church -- resumes "new normal" hours for weekday Masses, weekend Masses and Funerals with 100% capacity; effective May 15.    Church closed following Masses/Services.  Al individuals over the age of 2 must wear mask (proper facial covering).  Use common sense regarding social distancing keeping in mind respect for others.  

Sienna Center/SCS Chapel - ONLY open for weekend Masses, Confessions heard on Saturdays and special "Parish-Wide" spiritual events and approved ministry until further notice.  

SCS Adoration Chapel - opened from 8:30AM to 8:00PM Sundays through Fridays.  Closed Saturdays  For more information click here.

In our Church and Sienna Center/SCS Chapel--

  • Facilities and space are sanitized by Facilities Staff on a regular basis throughout daily and weekend use.
  • Personal hand sanitizers and safety wipes continued to be used.  Parish Sanitizers are located at various entrances.  
  • Holy water fonts remain empty. Holy Water dispenser (tank) in SCS Church vestibule remains available for people to take Holy Water home with them.  

Protocol for Mass--

  • For those that are sick or vulnerable Masses are televised.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice.  Those who are sick or vulnerable due to age or health conditions may remain at home and view the Mass on television or online.  Televised Liturgies are provided by The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) daily and online on Optimum channel 20/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296 and Spectrum channel 162/471.  CFN is also available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, or by download CVNiOS mobile app.  For Mass Schedule  Click here for schedule.
     
  • Masks (or proper facial coverings) must be worn by all present and required for indoor participationMask to cover nose and mouth.   Priests and deacons will not wear a mask during the actual celebration of the Holy Mass maintaing reverence.   Other liturgical ministers serving will be masked to be reasonably protected from spreading or being exposed to viruses.  Lectors will remove mask when proclaiming (reading) the Word of God.
     
  • Entrance & Recessional Processions resume.   
     
  • Hymnals will be available soon to participate in raising voice in song praising Our Lord.  Music ministers.  (Choirs previously not available beginning late June for summer; and will not resume currently at pastor's discretion.)  
     
  • Offertory Procession will not resume due to added complications of handling the gifts and interactions, etc..
     
  • Collection baskets are not used during Mass.  Offering Boxes are available in Church and Sienna Center.  Drop your Weekly Offertory Envelope, Cash in box.  We also recommend Faith Direct Online Giving or TXT 2 GIVE now for hands free giving.  Mailing offering to Parish Office is also acceptable.  We appreciate your continued sacrifice and support. Click here for details on Ways of Giving Weekly Offertory Gift
     
  • Sign of Peace omitted until further notice; and no holding of hands during the Our Father. 
     
  • Holy Communion distributed under one species during Mass using proper guidelines and maintaining social distancing.  Priest, Deacon, EM are masked during distribution and the “new normal” is to have an individual sanitizing station nearby for use.  Individuals should temporarily lower or remove mask (facial covering) just prior to receiving the Body of Christ and replace after consumming.  Social distancing should be practiced as one approaches for reception of Holy Communion.   
     
  • Bulletins currently available on this website  with reflections, Mass Intentions, Mass Schedule, prayers for sick, deceased, memorials/tributes, brief parish updates and more; however, may be coming soon for distribution after Masses.
     
  • Liturgical ministers will resume responsibilities (on voluntary basis) at the discretion of the pastor; and will be notified accordingly. 

Worship space sanitized on regular basis.  

Protocol for Sacraments and Public Liturgies:
1.  Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick – as an Emergency Sacrament, permitted but exercising the proper healthcare and safety precautions is a MUST.  Priests confer and have been given strict guidelines from the Diocese related to this sacrament.

2.  Sacrament of Reconciliation/PenanceConfessions are heard on Saturdays from 3:00M to 4:00PM in the Sienna Center --  The only entrance available to the Sienna Center are the doors located behind the Rectory.  There are floor markings to follow proper social distancing once inside to lead one to “confessional” as well as markings for proper departure.  Wearing of masks is a must; priest and penitent should practice social distancing.  There is limited capacity in Sienna Center during the hearing of Confessions; please respect one another and follow proper protocol. 

3.  Sacraments of Baptism & Marriage (Weddings) resume 100% capacity; wearing of masks for all over the age of 2 a must; and, use of common sense in practicing social distancing should be followed.  Contact Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling

4.  Sacraments of First Holy Eucharist & Confirmation – First Holy Communion held during May in 2021.  Confirmation scheduled and celebrated by Pastor due to scheduling issues and Coronavirus.  Our Faith Formation Office maintains contact with families of communicants and confirmandi.  

5.  Funeral Masses – resume 100% capacity for attendance, wearing of masks for all over the age of two and use of common sense in practicing social distancing by all is a must. Contact your Funeral Director or Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling.  

6.  Memorial Masses – resume 100% capacity for attendance, wearing of masks for all over the age of two and use of common sense in practicing social distancing is a must.  Contact the SCS Parish Office for scheduling and additional information.

7. Social Outreach Ministry -- continues its work in helping those in need.   Our SCS Outreach Food Pantry open with limited hours and services.  Click here for additional info

8.  Prayer is Important -- We stay connected together in spirit through prayer.  Many have been using 
Skype, Facetime, Zoom or other forms of social media to pray together.  Some Parish Ministry groups will be scheduled during May and June.  Listen for announcements and read bulletin for schedules.
-      Pope Francis has asked all to say the Rosary daily during the month of May.  Click here.
-      Participate in an Act of Spiritual Communion through Special Prayer.  
Click here.

ALSO . . .
a. Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish Office opened weekdays; and remains operational with 50% staff .  Kindly leave messages and inquiries on voice mail or best to contact via email at parishoffice@stcatherineofsienna.org and someone will get back to you in a timely manner.

b. SCS Welcome Desk opened Wednesdays 1:00PM to 5:00PM and Saturdays 9:00AM to Noon. All must wear a mask (facial covering) before entering our Parish Activity Complex (PAC) and social distancing should be practiced.  

c. Our Faith Formation Program comes to end in May.  Parents of children in our religious education classes are notified by the Faith Formation Office.  For additional information, registration information for the 2021-22 year and more contact via email or Click here.

d. Catholic Schools are monitored by Diocese of Rockville Centre and appropriate measures will be followed as will be in Nassau and Suffolk public schools.  The Diocese continues to monitor and update as needed. (Return to our Homepage for link to DRVC website)

e.  Camp Sienna Summer Program - a popular summer activity is cancelled for summer of 2021 due to CoVid19 restrictions. Click here for details

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to keep one another safe during this challenging time.  We demonstrate our love of God and follow Jesus' commandment to love one another.  Wearing a mask and using common sense in practicing social distancing during this pandemic is now part of daily living and a must when on parish premesis.  We extend a welcome for fellow parishioners and visitors to celebrate our faith in a safe and secure environment.   Stay safe and follow protocols and guidelines -- Thank You!

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  O Mary, 
     you shine continuously
on our journey
     as a sign of salvation and hope.
     We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
     At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
     with steadfast faith.
     You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
     We are certain that you
will provide, so that,
     as you did at Cana of Galilee,
     joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
     Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
     to conform ourselves to the
Father’s will
     and to do what Jesus tells us:
     He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and
bore our sorrows to bring us,
     through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
 
     We seek refuge
under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
     Do not despise our pleas 
we who are put to the test 
     and deliver us
from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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