Diocese of Rockville Centre

Faithful to Gather at Our Lady of the Magnificat Mission Chapel, Ocean Beach

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 29, 2007—The Young Adult Apostolate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will host its third annual Beach Day, a gathering for sun, surf and spirituality, at Our Lady of the Magnificat Mission Chapel, Ocean Beach, N.Y. on Saturday, August 11, 2007.

The day starts at 10:00 a.m. with the opportunity to relax with friends, enjoy deli-style food and participate in beach activities. At 5:00 p.m., there will be time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, music and reflection, followed by celebration of Holy Mass.

Alexandra Bastien, coordinator of the Young Adult Apostolate, described Adoration as “time spent in prayer in front of Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament.”

The day will culminate at 6:00 p.m. with a barbeque.

“The Catholic culture can be in everything, even a day at the beach,” Bastien said. “Who you are doesn’t have to take a vacation, even if you’re on vacation.”

Participants should meet at Our Lady of the Magnificat rectory at the Corner of Bungalow Road and Midway. After taking the Fire Island ferry, walk directly south until you get to Midway (a small concrete walkway). Make a right on Midway and walk four to five blocks west until you get to Bungalow Road. The rectory and white, country church will be on your left. Contact the rectory at 631-583-5868 for questions about directions.

To register, RSVP by July 20 to Bastien at 516-678-5800, ext. 616 and bring a food item. The event is open only to individuals in their 20s and 30s.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)

For more information Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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