Diocese of Rockville Centre

Media Advisory

WHAT: Bishop William Murphy’s Schedule for Holy Week and Easter
WHEN: Thursday, March 24
    Morning Prayer - 9:00 a.m.
    Chrism Mass - 11:00 a.m. - Concelebrated by Bishop Murphy, the auxiliary Bishops and numerous priests of the Diocese of Rockville Centre who renew their vows of priestly service at the Mass. Bishop Murphy also blesses the sacred oils that will be used to celebrate the Sacraments throughout the diocese over the next year.
     Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 8:00 p.m. - During this Mass Bishop Murphy will wash the feet of 12 people, commemorating Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper. At the end of Mass, there will be a procession to bring the Eucharist to a repository in St. Agnes’ Parish Center. The altar in the Cathedral will be stripped and the tabernacle left empty.

Friday, March 25
     Morning Prayer - 9:00 a.m.
     Passion of the Lord- 3:00 p.m. - Includes the reading of St. John’s account of the Passion and Veneration of the Cross.

Saturday, March 26
     Morning Prayer - 9:00 a.m.
     Easter Vigil - 8:00 p.m. The Mass begins with the lighting of the Easter candle which becomes the source for lighting candles in the congregation. Catechumens are also baptized.

Sunday, March 27
     Easter Sunday Mass - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: All services will be held at St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre
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 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 21,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities 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. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. 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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
516-678-5800, ext. 625