We've been contacted by a local funeral home, because they've been contacted by whatever dept in Nassau County, seeking burial space for the remains of twenty indigent/homeless persons, claiming that there is no space available in public cemeteries in Nassau, and no private or church cemeteries will take them. One of our cemetery committee members suggests that public cemeteries, being state-regulated, are required to accommodate.
Perusing the diocesan directory, I have no idea whom to contact there. I'm also not finding pertinent info on the NYS Division of Cemeteries or Indigent Legal Services pages. So, does anyone here have any helpful info to offer? Anyone? Anyone?
I just wanted to share, and to see how many others have found this to be the case, that streaming worship on Facebook Live is turning out to be a welcome mat for a lot of folks who have been disconnected from Church, or never connected to it at all.
In addition to my own friends and family scattered across the continent, a lot of local people have been joining us, whether through being directly invited by a parishioner, or having seen the church's FB invitation as it's been reposted by parishioners, or whatever. I've received positive feedback directly from some of these folks, and indirectly through their fam/friends who are members of St James, for which, "Praise ye the Lord!"
May our good and gracious God inspire us who have been locked out of our churches to go out, once this time of trouble has gone by, into the highways and hedges to invite them into the feast.
The Rev. Ian Wetmore St. James Episcopal Church 490 North Country Rd (Rt 25A) Saint James NY 11780 email@example.com