Moving to Long Island?
We are thrilled that new families are moving to Long Island! Moving to a new place can be overwhelming, but you have so much to look forward to when you arrive! In the Diocese of Rockville Centre, we have vibrant Catholic communities centered on our schools and parishes. Getting settled into a Catholic community takes three steps!
Step 1: Visit Local Parishes
So you’ve found a home. You’ve gotten to know nearby stores, parks, and your new favorite coffee shop. But have you looked at nearby Catholic parishes? The Diocese of Rockville Centre has many beautiful parishes with active Catholic communities. Attending Sunday Mass is essential for staying rooted in your Catholic faith in this time of change for you and your family.
There may be a few Catholic parishes near your home. Visit those parishes for Sunday Mass, daily Mass, and spend time in their Adoration chapel. Read the bulletins, visit their websites. Introduce yourself to the pastors! Share your story of moving to Long Island and learn more about each parish.
Step 2: Register at Your New Parish (You’ll be glad you did!)
Once you’ve chosen the best home parish for you family, be sure to register! Filling out a couple forms will open up a gateway of hospitality. Once the parish staff knows that you and your family are new in town, they’ll quickly move to welcome you into their community. Expect warm emails, a newsletter in your mailbox, and maybe a phone call from the pastor. They want to direct you to the parish ministries and groups that could be a good fit for your family.
Step 3: Look at Catholic Schools for Your Children
Catholic schools are more than just a place for learning. You also become a part of the community! When you are dropping your child off at school, you will know that your children are in a safe, loving, and Faith-building atmosphere. Students are supported by teachers and friends with the same morals. You will even find other like-minded parents that you can befriend at your Catholic school. It’s comforting to know that your child will instantly become a part of the community after a move.
If you already have a parish, find a Catholic school associated with your parish