Rockville Centre, New York, July 24, 2006 – Bishop William Murphy will lead a diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Saturday, September 23, 2006.
From noon to 5:30 p.m., participants will embark on “A Journey of Unity in Christ” consisting of guided tours of the shrine, private prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary and Mass.
A pilgrimage is a day long journey of faith to honor Mary, to seek her help and protection and to ask God to shower upon us His Spirit for our earthly life here on Long Island.
The Diocesan Choir will provide the music for prayer, penance service, recitation of the rosary and Mass.
Priests and deacons are invited to attend.
Transportation may be provided. Please contact your home parish.
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org
Sean P. Dolan
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