Bishop Murphy to dedicate first basilica on Long Island Sunday, May 27th at 11:00 AM ET. Live coverage begins at 10:30 AM ET (rebroadcast 7:00 PM ET).
The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will preside on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist inaugurating Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church (168 Hill Street, Southampton, New York, 11968) in Southampton to the honor of minor basilica. The Mass will be televised live on Telecare (Cablevision Channel 29/137 and Verizon FiOS TV Channel 296) beginning at 10:30 AM with a preview program.
Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Murphy will be Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey Madley, pastor of the Basilica Parish of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. "I thought it would be a mark of recognition to the Catholics of the East End to have a parish with a distinguished history and a church building of remarkable beauty well supported by a congregation of faith receive this title," said Bishop Murphy. I believe it adds distinction to the Church on the East End as well as a recognition in which the parishioners can take pride and it will become more and more a place of pilgrimage with people from all over the island and beyond joining the parishioners in prayer and in the celebration of Mass."
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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 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2010, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,773 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2010, Catholic Charities assisted more than 53,500 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (05/12).