Diocese of Rockville Centre

Media Advisory
WHAT: Fiftieth Anniversary of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, East Patchogue

Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will be the principal celebrant at a Mass to celebrate the parish anniversary. Joining him will be Bishop Emil Wcela, Episcopal Vicar of the Eastern Vicariate, Father Michael Banks, O.F.M. Cap., the Provincial Minister of the Province of St. Mary Capuchin Order, as well as priests who currently and previously served in the parish.

About 500 people are expected to attend a parish dinner under a tent following the Mass.
WHEN: Saturday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Joseph the Worker Church
510 Narragansett Avenue
East Patchogue, NY 11772
Historical notes on St. Joseph the Worker parish
Eleven families in the late 1890’s came together to worship as a Catholic community. The developing community built a Mission Church on Montauk Highway in 1910. In 1955, after several petitions by the congregation, the Archbishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn raised the status to Church, and St. Joseph the Worker Church became part of the Diocese of Rockville Centre when it was formed in 1957.

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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516-678-5800, ext. 625
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