Diocese of Rockville Centre

Media Advisory

WHAT: Fiftieth Anniversary of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Centereach

Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will be the principal celebrant at a Mass celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish, Centereach. At the invitation of the pastor, Monsignor Joseph Curley, Father Andrew Nirrengarten and Father Frances Sang who both served at the parish will concelebrate the Mass. A reception sponsored by the Catholic Daughters will follow.
WHEN: Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
20 Chestnut Street
Centereach, NY 11720
Historical background on Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish:
The parish was formed as a “break-off “ of St. Joseph’s in Ronkonkoma and started with 1,000 families. The first Masses were celebrated in the local Foreign Veterans of War Hall. Fund-raising followed and the new church building was dedicated in September 1958.
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


For more information:
Sean P. Dolan
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Cell: 516-313-8215