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Roman Catholic Church, Seaford, New York

Welcome to Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church

As a community of Baptized Catholics, endowed by God with special gifts and nourished by the Eucharist, we at Maria Regina Parish recognize our mission to call forth these gifts to help build the Body of Christ.

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Parish Social Ministry

Maria Regina Parish Social Ministry Can Help!

If you are struggling with something and not sure where to turn, Maria Regina Parish Social Ministry offers confidential support, resources and referrals. If you would like to know more, please call (516) 795-7438.

Easter

With Easter quickly approaching Social Ministry is calling upon the generosity of our fellow parishioners to help provide Easter meals for the less fortunate of our parish community. We are hoping for donations of hams, turkeys, non perishable foods and gift cards. Anything you can donate is always greatly appreciated.

Comfort Café

For those suffering from the aftermath of Sandy, please attend The Comfort Café. We will have trained counselors; it is a place to take a sacred pause, bring a question, a memory, a wound, a hope. We are meeting at St. William the Abbot, Convent Meeting Room, located on Jackson Avenue, in Seaford, on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Please call Social Ministry to register at (516) 795-7438.

Are you having trouble paying for heat and/or saving on home energy this season? If so, you may be eligible for one of many programs available to LOW INCOME residents, such as:

HEAP
– A federally funded annual supplement to assist households with heating costs.

Regular Heap
– Nassau County Seniors Age 60 plus call 516-227-7386 All others in Nassau County call EAC at 516-565-4327

For HEAP eligibility and other information: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/

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EMPOWER NY –
For further information, contact Outreach for applications or visit http:// www.nyserda.ny.gov/en/Residential/Programs Low- Income-Assistance/EmPower-Overview.aspx.

Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council / Long Range Planning Committee

Mr. Robert DeRose
Mr. Kevin Hughey
Mrs. Cathy Hughey
Mr. Jim Kalinowski
Ms. Carol Ann Malinowski
Ms. Tina Rine
Ms. Kathy Ryan
Mr. Bob Welsh


What is a Pastoral Council?


The Council and Planning Committee in consultation with the Pastor, identifies and prioritizes the needs, hopes, and dreams of the parishioners, in accord with the Parish mission statement. Success depends on input from parishioners to council members. Research and investigation is done for each item by priority to judge the feasibility for implementation at Maria Regina.

Feel free to contact a member through the Rectory by mailing or dropping off a handwritten communication or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ways to Give

goldtreeSupport Maria Regina's Shopping Cents Gift Card Program

If you go shopping each week, or if you need a gift card to use as a gift, you can assist Maria Regina at no cost to you. You can buy gift cards to pay for your purchases at supermarkets as well as a variety of other retailers. Take advantage of this program and you can receive a free $25 gift card for every $1250 of cards you buy each year

Memorial Walkway and Children's Garden of Remembrance

Here at Maria Regina, we have a Children's Garden of Remembrance as well as the Maria Regina Memorial Walkway. (These are both located behind the school and are in the process of renovation.) Engraved bricks can be purchased with the name of your loved one, a special occasion, or a prayer of gratitude. Each brick is $100 and forms can be picked up at the Rectory Office. If you have any questions, please call the Rectory.

Electronic Giving

Have your Sunday Offering deposited directly from your checking or savings account into the parish account. We offer this convenience for weekly collections and second collections including Holy Days.  The form to begin this process can be picked up at the Rectory.  Parishioners are still encouraged to drop their Sunday offering envelopes in the basket at Mass and mark on the envelope that their parish offering is through electronic checking. 

Time and Talent

Click here to see a partial list of the many ministries here at MR. How is God calling you to service of your brothers and sisters? As you come to know us, please feel free to call any one of us on Staff so that we might help you to discern where your talents might be best used.

Consolation Ministries

Become a Minister of Consolation

St. Paul teaches that when one person in the community suffers, so do we all.  Thus, at the time of the death of a loved one, we minister to the grieving through the Consolation Ministry and by witnessing to the love of God.  Our trained teams help the family to plan a beautiful Mass of Christian Burial including the choices of Scripture Readings, Music and assisting family members who would like to be invloved in the Mass.
All are invited to consider being a part of this moving minstry either as a planner, a minister of presence or a minister of the Altar.
Call the Rectory for more details.

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Youth Ministry

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To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6.8

Maria Regina's Youth Ministry Program is a vibrant and welcoming youth community that surrounds youth with an unconditional love that fosters genuine relationships, anchors them in the joys and traditions of the Roman Catholic faith and energizes and equips them to extend the love of Christ to the world. Our Mission is to actively work for the transformation of the world by awakening and deepening our own personal faith in order to be Christ-bearers for our world. It is through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ that our youth experience empowerment to become agents of change and to live lives fully surrendered to God through prayer, retreats, service opportunities and social gatherings.

Service Ministries

Holy Name Society

Holy Name Society membership is open to all men of the parish over the age of eighteen. Many HNS members serve in other parish ministries as well as on various HNS committees. There are monthly meetings where members have the opportunity to exchange ideas and make recommendations to the Pastor. 

The Inn Keepers

The Maria Regina Innkeepers prepare over 900 meals and 4,000 sandwiches per month and deliver them to the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen in Hempstead.  The Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen serves five hot lunches per week and we help serve lunch once per month.  We also prepare the Thanksgiving dinner for the INN.  None of this would be possible without the help of the Maria Regina parishioners who donate their time, talent, treasure and prayers. For more information or to volunteer or make sandwiches, contact coordinator George Lyons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Click here for the Innkeepers upcoming schedule.

Knights of Columbus

Maria Regina Parish is proud to sponsor the Maria Regina Council 12533 of the Knights of Columbus.  A very dedicated group of men and their families work with us at so many parish events.  The council sponsors membership drives throughout the year, and special events may be found on the News page of this Website.
In the current year 2017/18 please note the following officers of this Council:
GRAND KNIGHT:   Gary Kromer  646.423.5505
DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT:  Alex Herrera  917.873.2772
Please feel free to call these men for information on membership and the Knights' activities.   
 

Legion of Mary

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Parish Social Ministry (Outreach)

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516-795-7438
Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: By Appointment Only

Parish Social Ministry, in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, assists in serving the basic needs of the families of the parish and community who are in crisis. Our goal is to help, organize and empower people. Parish Social Ministry assists people with direct service in an effort to help them help themselves. This ministry stems from the call to Social Justice.  It enlivens the belief that we celebrate within the Christian community.  Parish Social Ministry aims to empower and support the parishioners as they act out the Gospel call to love and serve one another.
 
Direct Services
The Office of Parish Social Ministry works in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Catholic Charities to meet the immediate needs of the people of our community by providing food, clothing, shelter and fuel.

Advocacy
We act as a voice for the people in the area when they need to work with agencies such as Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Department of Social Service, Social Security, Government and Human Service Agencies.

Referrals
We refer people where to find services we do not provide. We try to work in a way that educates our community in the need for social change and to implement that change whenever possible.


Services

Food Pantry
Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Special Holiday Programs
Food baskets for the needy families for Thanksgiving Christmas Easter
Sponsor a Family for Christmas

Transportation
Our volunteers will drive Senior parishioners to local doctors for appointments
Monday thru Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

Bereavement
From Grief to Hope
Widows and Widowers
Sunday 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Fall and Spring
One on One Bereavement Counseling
By Appointment

Parents Who Have Lost A Child
Appointment When Needed

Liturgical Ministries

Priests and Deacons

We are all called to serve God in different ways.  Many are called to be priests, permanent deacons and professed religious.  The community of Maria Regiona prays that if you hear this call, you will be open to God's gentle voice. Call one of our priests or deacons if you wish to discuss the joy of service in the church.

Ushers and Greeters

This special ministry, often the first contact with a guest who enters our doors, is a very important ministry. Duties vary with the needs of each Mass, but a smiling face and a cordial greeting goes a very long way.

Altar Servers

We have some of the best servers on Long Island! If you wish to serve and are Grade 4 or older, please contact the Rectory.

Lectors

Lectors are lay Catholics who proclaim the Word of God (the Sacred Scriptures) at Mass and other liturgies.  For more information about how to become a lector, contact the Rectory.

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, often called "Eucharistic Ministers," are lay Catholics who are commissioned to distribute the Eucharist at Mass or to those at home or in the hospital who are too ill to attend Mass.  For more information about how to become a  Eucharistic Minister, contact the Rectory.

Music Ministry

Why not become a Music Minister? To learn more about the music ministry, please contact Lauretta Kowalik or Christina Leone at (516) 798-2415. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following:
 
Adult Choir
This group rehearses every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the church and sings every Sunday at the 9:00 AM Mass as well as holidays and other special events. No previous experience is necessary. If you are not able to commit weekly for rehearsal and Mass, perhaps you might consider Festival Choir for Christmas and Easter. You are most welcome!

Children/Youth Choir
This group rehearses every Thursday evening at 5:00 PM in the church. They provide music for Sunday at the 10:30am Mass. We need children from grade 3 and up.

Cherub Choir

This group rehearses on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 PM in the church. No previous experience is necessary. Children ages 4 to 8 are welcome.  Parental attendance at rehearsals is requested until the children feel comfortable in this setting.

Adult Handbell Choir/Children's Handbell Choir
We are currently developing a new program and schedule for our handbell choirs.  Please contact us if you are interested in this fun ministry!

Cantors
Cantors are experienced singers who lead our congreagation in the sung prayer of our liturgies.  We encourage anyone with some singing experience to consider being a part of this vital and rewarding ministry. Candidates will receive the training and guidance necessary for this special role.

Instumentalists
We are always interested in enhancing our liturgies with instrumental music. If you play the violin, viola, cello, trumpet, flute, oboe, clarinet (etc.), we would love to have you join us for Choir Masses and other Masses per your schedule- especially on Holy Days, Advent, Christmas and Easter.  Please contact us for more information.

Folk Group
Our Folk Group rehearses at 4:00 PM on Sunday and serves the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass.  We would like to enhance the group, adding singers and instrumentalists (which currently consists of guitar, piano, oboe, violion and several singers.) This group offers a special opportunity for young musicians, age 15 and up to become a part of a great group of musicians.  Please contact the Music Ministry through the Rectory number: (516) 798-2415. 
 

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Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Sunday Mass Greeters
Ushers
Music Ministry (Choir, Youth Choir, Cantor)
Altar Servers
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Liturgical Movement
CLOWD (Children's Liturgy of the Word)
Liturgy Committee

Social Ministry

Parish Social Ministry (Outreach)
Direct Services
Advocacy
Referrals
Services

Service Ministries

Family Life Ministry
The Inn Keepers
Shawl Ministry
Ministry of Consolation
The Knights of Columbus Maria Regina Council
Bereavement Ministry
Ministry of Welcoming New Parishioners
Gardening Ministry
Ministry to the Sick

Formation

Catechist / Hall Monitor
Youth Ministry
Baptismal Preparation
School Parent Volunteer
Adult Sacramental Preparation (R.C.I.A.)
Marriage Preparation
Adult Faith Formation

 

Community Life

Prayer Groups: Padre Pio, Charismatic, Italian,
          Nocturlal Adoration
CYO Sports
Evangelization Committee
Legion of Mary
MRPA - MR School Parents Association
Father's Club 
Rosary Altar Society
The Holy Name Society
Men's Spirituality Group
The Young at Heart Seniors

PASTORAL COUNCIL
FINANCE COUNCIL/FUNDRAISING
TECHNOLOGY/MEDIA




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Pastor's Message

Welcome to Maria Regina!

I'd like to welcome you to the website of our parish, Maria Regina in Seaford New York!Fr. Frank
We are a Roman Catholic community located on the South Shore of Long Island.  We number approximately 6,000 families and are committed to the teachings and challenges of Vatican II. We join with our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Rockville Centre as we search for ways to 'Belong More Deeply' to the Church and to be evangelizers of our Faith.

We are proud of the great amount of lay involvement here at MR.  On any given night, you might find over 15 people cooking in our kitchen to provide food for The INN (Interfaith Nutritional Network), a Family Faith session for over 1800 children, choir practice or handbell choir, the Rosary being prayed at Our Lady's Grotto on Jerusalem Avenue, a Liturgy Committee meeting, an Outreach volunteer providing food or advocacy, or any number of other ministries. They are all represented on the pages of this website.

I invite you to spend some time at the website of our school.  You will find a link to that page through this site. Our school is a premier Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle-School Catholic School which is in its 57th year of fine education.  Our school offers classes from Nursery and Pre-K through the 8th grade and rates among the finest on Long Island. Our faculty, fully accredited through the New York State Department of Education, devote their lives to the future of our young people. 
The Ministry of Faith Formation (Religious Education) is a busy school of over 1,500 young people and more than 150 Catechists.  What a blessing, but also an obligation which we take very seriously, to pass the faith on through the Sacraments and 8 years of instruction to the next generation.  

Our Web page will provide you with an introduction to the ministry and worship of our parish.  It will give you an over-view of the 'goings on' of this busy community of faith. I also would like to invite you to visit our campus, to pray with us and join with us as we strive to witness to Christ at all times and in all ways. 

May God bless you and your family, and welcome to Maria Regina!

Father Frank Nelson
Pastor

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Maria Regina Church

3945 Jerusalem Avenue
Seaford, NY 11783




Parish Information

Rectory Address

3945 Jerusalem Avenue
Seaford, New York 11783

Parish Office: (516) 798-2415
Parish Fax: (516) 798-7493
Youth Ministry (516) 798-2415 ext 339
Parish Outreach (516) 795-7438
Religious Education (516) 541-0921

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Rectory Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
                                1:00 pm to 5pm
                                6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 1:00pm

 

 

School Address

4045 Jerusalem Avenue
Seaford, New York 11783

School Office: (516) 541-1229

www.mariareginaschool.org

 

 

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Sacraments

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism: The sacrament is celebrated every Sunday at 1:30 PM (except for the months of December to March when it is celebrated every other week). Please contact the Parish Office (798-2415) for an appointment with a priest or deacon at least several weeks before the baptism. A Baptismal Welcoming Mass at 5:00 PM on Sunday followed by a special preparation meeting for the new parents is offered once a month. Please call the rectory for information.

First Holy Communion: Children usually begin their religious education studies in the first grade and are prepared for Holy Communion in the second grade. Please call the Religious Education Office (541-0921) to register your child.

Confirmation: This sacrament is currently celebrated in the 8th Grade after two years of preparation. Please call the Religious Education Office (541-0921) for more information or to register your child.

Sacraments of Healing

Anointing of the Sick: Please call the Parish Office (798-2415) at any time to arrange for the Sacrament of the Sick either at home or in the hospital.

Reconciliation: The sacrament (Confession) is celebrated every Saturday from 3:00 to 3:45 PM or by appointment with a priest.

Sacraments of Vocation

Matrimony: Congratulations! Couples planning to marry should make an appointment with a priest or deacon at least six months in advance of the date to allow time for adequate preparation.

Holy Orders: Is God calling you? Please call a Priest or Deacon to discern a possible vocation to the priesthood, the diaconate or the religious life.

R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process by which an adult joins the Church or completes their sacraments. Please call the office (798-2415) for details.

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Mass Schedule

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Monday-Friday: 7:00 am & 9:00 am
Saturday: 9:00 am

Weekend Masses

Saturday: 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Adult Choir),
               10:30 am (Family Mass, CLOWD, Youth Choir),
               12:00 pm, 5:00 pm (Contemporary Group)

Holy Days as announced

Celebrating God's Mercy in Confession

Saturday: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (September - June)
or by appointment with a priest

Celebrating the Prayer of the Church

Monday Night Novena
Novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots and
Exposition & Benedition of the Blessed Sacrament
Mondays at 7:00 PM  (Church)
First Friday Devotions
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and
Benediction each First Friday. (Chapel)


Religious Education

ReligiousEd GroupThe Maria Regina Religious Education Office is located in the Pastoral Center. The ministry of Faith Formation is a gift for over 1,800 children and over 150 trained catechists.

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm and
Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00noon, while classes are in session.

Religious Education Office: 516-541-0921
Fax: 516-795-2510

Tina Rine, Youth Minister &
Coordinator of Grades  6, 7, 8
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Alice Moran, Catechetical Leader &
Coordinator of Grades 1 - 5
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Henrietta Gentile, Administrative Asst.
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Forms/Documents

2019/2020 Faith Formation Registration Form

2019/2020 Family Registration Letter

Reconciliation Handout

Faith Formation Calendar 2018/2019

Faith Formation Parent Handbook 2018/2019

Priests and Deacons of Maria Regina

Volunteer Forms

Family Faith Sharing

For student and family games and activities, visit the Sadlier web sites
 
Grades 1 – 6
www.webelieveweb.com
 

VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” Live Training Sessions in our Diocese

As an integral part of the mandated diocesan safety policy, all parish staff, school parents, and volunteers must participate in a VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” training session.
 To register online go to www.virtusonline.org.  You will need to create a personal user name and password.  Please make sure you enter “Rockville Centre, NY (diocese)” as you begin the registration process so that you will be able to view all training sessions which are being conducted in our diocese.

Mass Schedule

Monday-Friday: 7:00 am
& 9:00 am
Saturday: 9:00 am
Weekend Masses
Saturday: 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Choir Mass),
10:30 am (Family Mass),
12:00 pm , 5:00 pm (Contemporary Group)
Holy Days as announced
Reconcilliation
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
or by appointment with a priest

School-Kids2Learn more about
Maria Regina School.