Diocese of Rockville Centre

10 May 2011

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 10, 2011 – In an effort to continue the pastoral mission of the Church for Catholics in Elmont, the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced “a new era for collaboration in mission” in which the parishes of Saint Vincent de Paul, Elmont and Saint Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square will be called to work together to collaborate on planning for the future mission of the Church in the area. 

Given the number of Catholics in the parish of Saint Vincent de Paul, the limited number of available priests and the need to husband resources, including material, personnel and financial, the Diocese is calling for the new era of collaboration of mission.

A study of the financial history of Saint Vincent de Paul parish over the past ten years shows the parish has not generated enough income to cover its costs for at least the past ten years.  Financial projections for the next five years indicate the parish is not expected to be able to do so in the future.  Cooperation and collaboration across the whole sphere of pastoral ministry will provide efficiencies that should enable the pastoral life of Saint Vincent de Paul parish to continue.

The two parish churches will remain open and continue to offer the Eucharist, sacramental and pastoral services according to the needs of each of the parishes and their respective ability to support their parish.  The assets of each parish belong to that specific parish and are not to be commingled.  The income and expenses of one parish cannot be commingled with those of another parish. 

Parish leadership will be consolidated, beginning at the end of June 2011 when Rev. James Drew, pastor, Saint Vincent de Paul will receive a new assignment.  Rev. Msgr. Richard Figliozzi, pastor, Saint Catherine of Sienna will assume the leadership responsibilities of Saint Vincent de Paul as its administrator, in addition to his responsibilities as pastor of Saint Catherine of Sienna. 

Rev. Msgr. Figliozzi will have the assistance of priests as associate pastors who will reside in Saint Catherine’s rectory in Franklin Square.  They will celebrate Mass and offer the sacraments in both parishes under Rev. Msgr. Figliozzi’s administrative leadership.

This plan was communicated during an open meeting of the two parishes held at Saint Vincent de Paul parish on May 2, 2011. 

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
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 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/10).

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