Hispanic Apostolate

Deacon Francisco R. Cales
Director, Office of New Evangelization
Phone: (516) 678-5800 ext. 618
Email: fcales@drvc.org

Deacon Roberto Polanco
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry
Phone: 516-678-5800 ext. 606
Email: rpolanco@drvc.org

Mrs. Maria Theresa Gutierrez
Assistant for the Ministry
Phone: (516) 678- 5800 ext. 560
Email: tgutierrez@drvc.org

East End – North Fork 

Sister Margaret Smyth, O.P.

Phone: (631) 369-4601

East End – South Fork 

Vincentians Priests

Rev. Marvin Navas, C.M.

Phone: (631) 283-4379

Mission Statement
The Hispanic Ministry is a Ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre
established to respond more effectively to its evangelizing mission were by
we commit ourselves by means of Pastoral de Conjunto to promote the full
integration and holistic formation of the Hispanic community.

Pastoral de Conjunto:  It is the harmonious coordination of all elements of
the pastoral ministry with the action of the pastoral ministers and
structures in view of the common goal, the kingdom of God.  It is not only
a methodology, but the expression of the essence and mission of the Church,
which is to be and make communion.

The Mission is accomplished by means of Pastoral de Conjunto through
specialized areas of ministry.

  • New Evangelization
  • Integral Formation
  • Youth Ministry
  • Social Pastoral Ministry

History:

Hispanics, with the exception of the American Indian, have been in this country longer than any other European culture.  To be explicit, Hispanics arrived in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered America.  In 1564, forty-two years before the English founded Jamestown, the Spaniards established the first permanent settlement in what is now St. Augustine in Florida.  It is here that the first Spanish Mass was celebrated.  In 1565 the Spanish-speaking people began the colonization of New Mexico.  That was twelve years before Jamestown and a quarter of a century before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Over the past fifty years the Spanish-speaking people have become the fastest growing population in the United States.  In 1983, the American bishops, in their pastoral letter, The Hispanic Presence: Challenge and Commitment, estimated that there were at least twenty million people of Hispanic origin in this country.  This was an increase of over three hundred percent dating back to the 1950’s.

The Hispanic population on Long Island continues to grow.  In the year 2000 it was estimated that there were at least 2.8 million Hispanics living on Long Island.  This does not include the many who are undocumented.  Hispanics can be found in at least 291 of the more than 300 towns, villages, hamlets and cities of which Long Island is comprised. Eighty percent of the Hispanic population on Long island is Catholic.  

Hispanics began arriving on Long Island in the late 1920’s.  They brought with them their strong gift of faith and faith practices and deep family values.  At that time they established residences in Brentwood and Patchogue.  In the early 1950’s through the efforts, hard work and dedication of a small group of lay leaders the first Spanish Mass was celebrated in St. Anne’s parish in Brentwood.  Subsequently, all Spanish Masses that are being celebrated today in this Diocese of Rockville Centre and the presence of religious and apostolic movements are a result of the hard work and commitment of the laity.
The presence of Hispanic priests and religious, as well as those who are bi-lingual and bi-cultural and supportive pastors enriched the faith life of the Hispanics, thus enabling them to express it through their culture and language.  In response to the demands of the ever-increasing Hispanic Catholic population, the diocese officially opened the Spanish Apostolate Office in September 1968.  Since its inception the office has developed programs and ministries for Hispanics.  It has provided training and developed resources which pertain to all levels of pastoral outreach and social advocacy.  It has raised consciousness concerning the Hispanic presence within the diocesan structure and among the existing groups.

This historical background of the Spanish-speaking people of our diocese gives a clearer understanding of the mission of the Hispanic Ministry Office.  We firmly believe that working within a Pastoral de Conjunto  we can strive to achieve greater participation of all of God’s people in the life of the church as the bishops of this country have requested in their pastoral letter: Hispanic Presence: Challenge and Commitment.
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A People United in Christ” is our logo and our response to the call made to each of us to live the Gospel in our everyday lives.  It is a call for all of us to work together to bring the Kingdom to fulfillment as we minister to each other.

Parishes with Services in Spanish:  

NASSAU COUNTY:

PARISH: ST. AGNES CATEDRAL (Rockville Centre)

29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY  11570
(516) 766-0205

Mass: Saturdays: 7:30 PM

PARISH ST. CHRISTOPHER (Baldwin)

11 Gale Avenue
Baldwin NY 11510
516-233-0723

Mass: Sundays: 7:00 PM

PARISH: ST. BONIFACE (Elmont)

631 Elmont Road
Elmont, NY  11003
(516) 354-0715

Mass: Saturdays: 8:00 PM 

Sundays 1:00 PM

PARISH: ST. KILLIAN (Farmingdale)

485 Conklin St.
Farmingdale, NY  11735
(516) 249-0127

Mass: Saturdays: 6:15PM

PARISH: OUR HOLY REDEEMER (Freeport)

37 S. Ocean Ave.
Freeport, NY  11520
(516) 378-0665

Mass: Sundays: 1:00 PM

Saturday: 7:00 PM
Thursdays: 7:30 PM

PARISH: ST. PATRICK (Glen Cove)

235 Glen St.
Glen Cove, NY  11542
(516) 676-0276

Mass: Sundays: 9:15AM

PARISH: ST. ALOYSIUS (Great Neck)

592 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY  11023
(516) 482-2770

Mass: Saturdays: 7:30 PM

PARISH: OUR LADY OF LORETTO (Hempstead)

104 Greenwich St.
Hempstead, NY  11550
(516) 489-3675

Mass: Saturdays: 9:00 AM

Sundays:  9:00 AM & 12:30 PM
Weekdays: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 7:30 PM

PARISH: ST. LADISLAOS

18 Richardson Place
Hempstead, NY 11550

Mass: Sundays: 6:00 PM

PARISH: ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA (Hicksville)

129 Broadway
Hicksville, NY  11801
(516) 931-0056

Mass: Sundays:  7:30 PM

PARISH: OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL (Inwood)

68 Wanser Avenue
Inwood, NY  11696
(516) 239-0953

Mass: Sundays: 9:15 AM

PARISH: ST. MARY OF THE ISLE (Long Beach)

315 E. Walnut St.
Long Beach, NY  11561
(516) 432-0157
Mass: Sundays: 9:30 AM

PARISH: OUR LADY OF FATIMA (Manorhaven)

6 Cottonwood Road
Manorhaven, NY  11050
(516) 767-0781

Mass: Saturdays: 7:00 PM

PARISH: CORPUS CHRISTI (Mineola)

155 Garfield Ave.
Valley Stream, NY  11580
(516) 746-1223

Mass: Sundays: 5:00 PM

PARISH: NOTRE DAME (New Hyde Park)

45 Mayfair Road
New Hyde Park, NY  11040
(516) 352-7203

Mass: Sundays: 7:00 PM

PARISH: ST. ANTHONY (Oceanside)

110 Anchor Avenue
Oceanside, NY  11572
(516) 764-0048

Mass: Sundays: 12:45 PM

PARISH: ST. DOMINIC (Oyster Bay)

93 Anstice St.
Oyster Bay, NY  11771
(516) 922-4488

Mass: Sundays: 7:30 PM 

PARISH: ST. PETER OF ALCANTARA (Port Washington)

1327 Port Washington Blvd.
Port Washington, NY  11050
(516) 883-6675

Mass: Sundays: 9:00 AM 

PARISH: ST. MARY’S (Roslyn)

Bryant Ave. P.O. Box 387
Roslyn, NY  11576-0387
(516) 621-2222

Mass: Saturdays: 7:15 PM

PARISH: QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY (Roosevelt)

196 W. Centennial Avenue
Roosevelt, NY  11575
(516) 378-1315

Mass Sundays: 1:15 PM

PARISH:          ST. MARTHA (Uniondale)

546 Greengrove Avenue
Uniondale, NY  11553
(516) 481-2550

Mass: Sundays: 8:45 AM

PARISH: HOLY NAME OF MARY (Valley Stream)

55 East Jamaica Ave.
Valley Stream, NY  11580
(516) 825-1450

Mass: Sundays: 1:00 PM

PARISH: BLESSED SACRAMENT (Valley Stream)

201 No. Central Avenue
Valley Stream, NY  11580
(516) 568-1027

Mass: Sundays: 9:30 AM

PARISH: ST. BRIGID (Westbury)

50 Post Avenue
Westbury, NY  11590
(516) 334-0021

Mass: Saturdays:  7:00 PM – Church on Post Ave.

Sundays: 10:45 AM and 12:15PM (St. Brigid’s Chapel on 101Maple Ave.)
(July & August 7:30 AM &10:45 AM) 

SUFFOLK COUNTY: 

PARISH: ST. MARTIN OF TOURS (Amityville)

37 Union Ave.
Amityville, NY 11701
631-264-0124

Mass: No Tuesdays: 7:30 PM – Prayer Group (No Mass)

PARISH: ST. JOSEPH (Babylon)

39 North Carll Ave.
Babylon, NY  11702
(631) 669-0068 x 102

Mass: Sundays: 10:00 AM

PARISH: ST. PATRICK (Bayshore)

9 North Clinton Ave.
Bayshore, NY 11706
631-665-4911

Mass: Sundays: 12:00 PM

PARISH: ST. ANNE (Brentwood)

88 Second Ave.
Brentwood, NY  11717
(631) 273-8113

Mass: Saturdays: 7:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM

PARISH: ST. LUKE (Brentwood)

266 Wicks Road
Brentwood, NY  11717
(631) 273-1110

Mass: Saturdays: 8:15 AM &7:00 PM

Sundays: 9:15 AM & 12:30 PM

Daily: 6:45 PM

PARISH: ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE (Bohemia)

1140 Locust Ave.
Bohemia, NY  11716
(631) 589-0540

Mass: 2nd Saturdays – 7:00 PM

PARISH: ST. JOHN OF GOD (Central Islip)

84 Carleton Ave.
Central Islip, NY  11722
(631) 234-6535

Mass: Saturdays: 7:00 PM

Sundays:  9:00 AM and 12:30 PM
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM

PARISH: ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST (Center Moriches)

25 So. Ocean Avenue
Center Moriches, NY  11934
(631) 878-0009

Mass: Saturdays – 7:30 PM

PARISH: ST. FRANCIS CABRINI (Coram)

134 Middle Country Road
Coram, NY  11727
(631) 732-8445

Mass: Sundays: 10:30 AM

PARISH: OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION (Copiague)

1 Molloy St.
Copiague, NY  11726
(631) 842-5211

Mass: Sundays: 11:45 AM & 6:30 PM

PARISH: ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER (East Patchogue)

510 Narragansett Avenue
East Patchogue, NY  11772
(631) 286-9133

Mass: Saturdays: 7:00 PM

PARISH ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (East Northport)

20 Cheshire Place
East Northport, NY 11731
(631) 261-1077

Mass: Sundays: 10:30 AM (Lower Church)

PARISH: ST. MATTHEW (Dix Hills)

35 N. Service Rd.
Dix Hills, NY  11746
(631) 499-8520

Mass: Saturdays: 7:00 PM

PARISH: RESURRECTION (Farmingville)

50 Granny Road
Farmingville, NY  11738
(631) 696-0232

Mass: Sundays: 6:30 PM

PARISH: ST. HUGH OF LINCOLN (Huntington Station)

21 E. Ninth St.
Huntington Station, NY  11746
(631) 427-0638

Mass: Sundays:  8:15 AM 

PARISH: ST. JUDE (Mastic Beach)

89 Overlook Drive
Mastic Beach, NY  11951
(631) 281-5743

Mass: Sundays: 11:45 AM

PARISH: ST. FRANCIS DE SALES (Patchogue)

P.O. Box 71
Patchogue, NY  11772
(631) 475-0161

Mass: Sundays:  9:15 AM
Tuesdays: 7:15 PM

PARISH: INFANT JESUS (Port Jefferson )

110 Myrtle Ave.
Port Jefferson Sta., NY 11777
(631) 473-0165

Mass: Sundays: 9:00 AM

PARISH: ST. JOSEPH (Ronkonkoma)

45 Church St.
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(631)588-8456

Mass: Sundays:  6:30 PM

PARISH: OUR LADY OF MIRACULOUS MEDAL (Wyandanch)

1434 Straight Path
Wyandanch, NY  11798
(631) 643-7568

Mass: Saturdays: 6:30 PM

Sundays: 9:45 AM and 12:00 PM

EAST END – NORTH FORK 

PARISH: ST. AGNES (Greenport)

Front St.
Greenport, NY  11944
(631) 477-0048

Mass: Saturdays:  8:00 PM

PARISH: ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST (Riverhead)

546 St. John’s Place
Riverhead, NY  11901
(631) 727-2030

Mass: Sundays: 7:00 PM

EAST END – SOUTH FORK 

PARISH: MOST HOLY TRINITY (East Hampton)

57 Buell Lane
East Hampton, NY  11937
(631) 324-0134

Mass: Sundays: 5:00 PM (Winter)

(Summer: 7:30 PM)

PARISH: ST. ROSALIE (Hampton Bays)

31 Montauk Hgwy.
Hampton Bays, NY  11946
(631) 728-9461

Mass: Sundays:  4:00 PM

PARISH: ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX (Montauk)

South Etna Avenue
P.O. Box AA
Montauk, NY  11954
(631) 668-2200

Mass Saturdays: 7:30 PM

PARISH: SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND MARY (Southampton)

168 Hill St.
Southampton, NY  11968
(631) 283-0097

Mass: Sundays: 12:30 PM

PARISH: QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY (Bridgehampton)

2350 Montauk Hwy.
P.O.Box 3035
Bridgehampton, NY  11932-3035

Mass: Sundays: 11:30 AM

PARISH: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (W. Hampton Beach)

580 Main Road
P.O. Box 1227
Westhampton Beach, NY  11978

(631) 288-1423

Mass: Sundays: 5:00 PM

Services and Activities:

*Liturgical Workshops:  

    • Eucharistic Ministers
    • Lectors
    • Hospitality/Ushers

*Spiritual Catholic Groups:

– Cursillo Movement

    • Charismatic Renewal
    • MFCC (Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico)
    • Marriage Encounters
    • REMA  (Renovación Matrimonial)
    • Neocathecumenal  Way
    • Society of the Divine Mercy
    • Mariam Movement
    • Emaus

*Diocesan Activities:

    • Women’s Day Conference
    • Men’s Conference
    • Ultreya del Campo 
    • Youth Picnic 
    • Family Day Encounter– Labor Day
    • Hispanic Heritage Celebration –  October 
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 

Fe Fuerza Vida Newspaper

The Communications Office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre publishes Fe Fuerza Vida, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Spanish.
Each month, Fe Fuerza Vida brings Catholics across Long Island the latest news and information about their FAITH, their LIFE and their COMMUNITY. Fe Fuerza Vida provides valuable and useful information about the Catholic Church on Long Island.
Email: fefuerzavida@licatholic.org, www.fefuerzavida.org , follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Pastoral Ministry for Hispanic Young Adults

The Pastoral Ministry for Spanish Speaking Young Adults is divided into three zones that make up our entire Diocese.  Presently we have 22 young adult groups that meet regularly in different parishes.
Pope John Paul II in the apostolic exhortation “Christifideles Laici” that speaks of the vocation and mission of the faithful laity of the Church and of the world tells us “The youth in a great many countries of the world represent half of the population and often constitute in numbers half of the people of God living in those countries.  Simply from this aspect, youth make up an exceptional potential and great challenge for the future of the Church.”
    The Hispanic youth of our diocese are facing very difficult times.  Aware that the majority of these young people are faced with important challenges that touch upon every aspect of their lives, we believe that their needs should receive top priority.
    A small number of the Hispanic youth participate in programs at the diocesan and parish levels.  Most of them feel that these programs are limited and in many instances deficient because they do not address the reality of life for the Hispanic young person.  Also, pressures imposed by society itself and by their peers have led many away from the church.
    The youth of our diocese are the young Church of today and will be the Church of the future.  We must therefore seek out the potential, talents and abilities inherent in them and provide them with the proper guidance with instills Christian values.
    It is our objective to present to our Hispanic young adults the living Christ as their only Savior and encourage them to participate actively in the renewal of society and to be leaders in the Church’s evangelizing mission.

Programs and Projects
– Create and train mobile young adult teams that will assist in developing programs
for the young adult groups at parish level.
– Provide workshops in each parish.
– Promote representation of our young adults both at the diocesan and parochial
level.
  – Encourage and awake in our youth their vocational call.

John Paul II in speaking of the youth of the world stated:
“Youth   must   not   simply   be considered  as an aspect of  pastoral
concern for the church: in fact young  people are  and  ought to
be encouraged as leading characters in evangelizing  and  participating
in the renewal of society.” (Christifideles Laici, #46)

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