Diocese of Rockville Centre


DATE:   August 26, 2011

RE:  Hurricane Irene

FROM: Sean P. Dolan

Hurricane Irene is expected to arrive on Long Island early Sunday morning.  In anticipation, some communities along the south shore have been evacuated.  Current weather forecasts predict high winds and heavy rain from the hurricane might cause widespread power outages, downed trees and flooding across Long Island.  

Parishioners should understand that parish Mass schedules may need to be adjusted and Mass times cancelled due to the storm.  Parishioners may consider attending the Saturday evening anticipatory Mass. 

If the storm eventuates as predicted, we must all exercise prudence in making the decision to attend Mass during the height of the storm on Sunday morning.  Catholics are encouraged to stay home if their trip to Church might place themselves, their families and others at risk.  We do hope to broadcast the Mass from Saint Agnes Cathedral on Telecare (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon FiOS 296) on Sunday at the usual times of 11:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. 

While at home, Catholics are encouraged to use the time to reflect on the readings and Gospel for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time.

The Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time:

  • Reading I: Book of the Prophet Jeremiah – 20: 7-9
  • Responsorial Psalm 63
  • Reading II: Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans – 12: 1-2
  • Gospel: Saint Matthew  – 16: 21-27


“We are all united in prayer for all those who have suffered through this storm already and we pray through the intercession of Mary, our Blessed Mother and Saint Agnes our patroness, in asking God’s protection over all of us, our families and all those who stand in the path of the storm,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.


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).

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
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                 (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
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