Coronavirus & Our Church

Your Safety is Our Concern!

Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish is concerned for the health & safety of all regarding the Coronavirus (CoVid19) pandemic.  As we take more steps in "reopening" and put in place "new normal" we must still follow rules and guidelines of our Diocese, New York State and Health Officials.  The wearing of masks and practicing social distancing is part of daily life now.  Masks or proper facial coverings are 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.  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 and Click Here to read news and info on our "To Our Parishioners" page! 

Highlighted update as of  Saturday, November  25, 2020:  

SCS Church is Open – for Private Prayer:  Mondays through Fridays until 8:00PM;  Saturdays until 5:00PM; and Sundays until 2:00PM.  All individuals over the age of 2 must wear mask (proper facial covering).  Social distancing must be observed throughout the parish campus. Except for families and couples, this means a spacing of 6 feet and sitting in designated pews and chairs in Church, SCS Chapel/Sienna Center and all space within the premsises.

  • Mass celebrated on regular schedule for Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish. Click here for schedule. For those that are sick or vulnerable Masses are televised from other parishes; see below.
  • SCS Adoration Chapel open with limited hours and attendance capacity of 8.   For more information click here.
  • Appropriate personal hand sanitizers and safety wipes should be used. One must be careful to sanitize hands after arriving in church and after leaving church. Parish Sanitizer is located at various entrances.  Stay safe, repsect one another; care should be taken not to touch one's face.
  • Holy water fonts remain empty. Holy Water dispenser (tank) in SCS Church vestibule remains available for people to take Holy Water home with them.  
  • Hymnals, prayer booklets and bulletins not available; read weekly bulletin on this website.
  • Restrooms closed; not available at this time.
  • Church, Sienna Center and Adoration Chapel sanitized by Facilities Staff on regular basis throughout daily use weekdays and weekends.

Mass & the "New Normal" –
Liturgies and Sacraments (includes Mass, Funerals, Baptisms, Weddings, etc.) take place in our Church and Sienna Center; however, based on Diocese, NYS and Health Officials there is limit of 50% capacity in both spaces for Mass attendance in order to comply with social distancing, all must wear mask (proper facial covering) and maintain social distancing.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect indefinitely.

Those who are sick or vulnerable due to age or health conditions are strongly encouraged to remain at home and view the Mass on television or onlineTelevised 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. 

Protocol for Mass--
1a. Weekday and Weekend Masses follow regular schedule at Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish & Faith Community.  Social distancing is maintained with use of every other pew in SCS Church and selected rows of chairs in the SCS Chapel/Sienna Center.  Families and those who traveled to the church together may sit together in proper designated space.  All others must maintain social distancing (6 feet apart).

1b.  Masks (or proper facial coverings) must be worn by all present; and people may not be admitted without oneMask to cover nose and mouth.   However, the 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. Masks or facial coverings should not be worn by children under two years of age or by anyone with breathing difficulties. Any homemade mask or scarf is sufficient, provided it covers the nose and mouth.

1c. There is no Entrance, Offertory or Recessional Processions to avoid close contact with numerous people.  All clergy and assistants for the liturgy must wash/sanitize their hands immediately before the liturgy begins. 

 1d. Hymnals/missals are removed for health and safety of all.   When Cantors and instrumentalist participate they maintain social distance greater than 6 feet from others and wear masks.  The elimination of faithful singing hymns is recommended due to help mitigate spread of virus.

 1e. The Sign of Peace omitted until further notice; and no holding of hands during the Our Father.

 1f. Collection baskets will not be used during MassNew 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

1g. Holy Communion distributed 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 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.    

1h. Bulletins are not distributed; available on this Website with reflections, Mass Intentions, Mass Schedule, prayers for sick, deceased, memorials/tributes, brief parish updates and more.

1i. Worship space sanitized on regular basis.  Restrooms not open.

Protocol for Sacraments and public liturgies:
2.  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.

3.  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 and practicing social distancing is a must; priest and penitent must be 6 feet apart.  There is limited capacity in Sienna Center during the hearing of Confessions; please respect one another and follow proper protocol.

4.  Sacraments of Baptism & Marriage (Weddings) Restrictions include limited seating capacity for attendance, wearing of masks for all over the age of 2, and practicing social distancing is a must.  Contact Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling

5.  Sacraments of First Holy Eucharist & Confirmation – First Holy Communion usually held in May was held during the summer months this year.  Confirmation was in October celebrated by Pastor due to scheduling issues and Coronavirus.  Our Faith Formation Office maintains contact with families of communicants and confirmandi.  

6.  Funeral Masses – Restrictions include limited seating capacity for attendance, wearing of masks for all over the age of two and practicing social distancing by all is a must. Contact your Funeral Director or Parish Office for inquiries and scheduling.  

7.  Memorial Masses – Restrictions include limited seating capacity for attendance, wearing of masks for all over the age of two and practicing social distancing is a must.  Contact the SCS Parish Office for scheduling and additional information.

8.  SCS Perpetual Adoration Chapel -- is open with limited hours and only 8 adorers permitted at one time.  Click here for general information.

9. Social Outreach Ministry -- continues its work in helping those in need.   Our SCS Outreach Food Pantry open with limited hours and services.  Currently preparing for special Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need.  Click here for additional info

10 Pray is Important -- We stay connected together in spirit through prayer.  

  • The use of Skype, Facetime, Zoom or other forms of social media can be a way that everyone can stay together - the family that prays together, stays together.  Set a specific time for prayer so that everyone in your family and friends may pray together in spirit and stay connected.   
  • Pope Francis' Prayer and Coronavirus Prayer on our Prayer Page that is update periodically according to season and needs. Click here.
  • Participate in an Act of Spiritual Communion through special prayer.  Click here.

ALSO . . .
a. Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish Offices are open with limited hours and 50% staff capacityhowever, kindly leave messages and inquiries on voice mail or contact us via email at parishoffice@stcatherineofsienna.org and someone will get back to you in a timely manner.

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

c. Our Faith Formation Program continues with blended program.  Parents of children in our religious education classes are notified by the Faith Formation Office.  For additional information, registration forms and more 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)

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to keep one another safe during this challenging time.   It is necessary for each of us to follow all guidelines and protocols for the health and safety of all.  As requirements change protocols are updated/established and we ask you to visit this website on a regular basis.

We demonstrate our love of God and one another following Jesus' commandment to love one another.  Wear a mask and practicing social distancing during this pandemic in daily living and when on premesis.  We extend a welcome for fellow parishioners and visitors to celebrate our faith in a safe 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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