It was unusual: The pews at the recently shuttered Orient United Methodist Church were filled this past weekend. Rather than gathering for a sermon, however, locals flocked there Saturday morning to hear from the Oysterponds Historical Society and Orient Association about the building’s future.
A new bishop has been appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Rockville Centre, succeeding retiring Bishop William Murphy.
Bishop John Barres will assume his role as fifth bishop of Rockville Centre on Jan. 31, the diocese announced in a press release last Friday. He’ll oversee a population of more than 1.45 million Catholics across Long Island.
North Fork residents gathered at churches across Southold Town this weekend for annual Blessing of the Animals ceremonies. READ
A campaign nearly five years in the making at Mattituck Presbyterian Church is approaching its goal of raising funds to build a school and church in Haiti.
Last March, the mainline Protestant denomination Presbyterian Church (USA) finalized changes to its definition of marriage as being between “a man and a woman” to between “two people,” essentially giving local churches across the country the opportunity to accept gay marriages within their congregations for the first time. READ
As of July, North Fork United Methodist Church will have officially absorbed all four local congregations — Southold, Cutchogue, Greenport and Orient — into one regional church.
But what will happen to the historic church building Orient congregants will leave behind? READ
The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Mattituck held a Holy Friday service in Mattituck Friday night as part of the Easter holy week. READ
The following is The Suffolk Times’ annual listing of Easter services hosted by local churches.
North Fork United Methodist Church, founded in 2014 when congregations from Southold and Cutchogue merged, may soon be on the move again. READ
Last year, the owner of an Italian restaurant led the Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year, at 2 p.m. Saturday, the role will be filled by a Polish-German priest: Monsignor Joseph Staudt of Sacred Heart Parish. READ