Photo from Aleppo in Syria, Sept. 2. (CNS/Molhem Barakai, Reuters)


• Diocese of Rockville Centre Joins Holy Father in Day of Prayer on Saturday, Sept. 7

• All are welcome to attend Vigil for Peace at Seminary from 1 – 5 p.m.

Bishop William Murphy has invited all Catholics to join the Holy Father and the Church Universal in praying and fasting for peace in Syria and the Middle East on Saturday, September 7. “This is a day for Catholics for prayer and fasting wherever they may be,” said Bishop Murphy. “I am asking all Catholics to make some particular effort of prayer at home or in their parish church for peace during this grave time in Syria and the Middle East.”

Churches across Long Island will offer opportunities for communal prayer including celebrating the Mass for Peace, recitation of the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.

Last Sunday, during the course of his remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer, Pope Francis urgently called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and the world to be held on September 7, 2013, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace.

“On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world,” said Pope Francis. (Read the entire text here.)

Special Vigil at Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

In accord with the Holy Father’s request, Bishop Murphy is also inviting the Catholic faithful to pray in unity with the Holy Father at a special vigil held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, on Saturday, September 7, from 1- 5 p.m. These hours coincide with the hours Pope Francis will pray in Saint Peter’s Square.

This vigil will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Rosary, the Litany of the Saints, readings from scripture, and vespers with benediction. The vigil will conclude with Mass celebrated by the Bishop Robert Brennan which will include admission to the candidacy for men studying for permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Tentative Schedule:

1:00 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and midday prayer
1:30 PM Scripture reading and brief reflection
1:45 PM Litany
2:15 PM Rosary
2:45 PM Scripture Reading, Brief Reflection followed by Litany
3:15 PM Rosary
4:00 PM Vespers with benediction and Reposition (Bishop Robert J. Brennan, presiding)
5:00 PM Mass (Bishop Robert Brennan)

“Coming to the Seminary is an exemplary way to join in this communal prayer for peace with the Holy Father,” said Bishop Murphy.

The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception ( is located at 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, New York 11743. Tel: 631-423-0483