October Update

Catholic Appeal:

It has been well said that a budget is a moral document. Mission statements are fine in their way but show me where you are spending your money and I will show you what your beliefs really are. For the last few weeks we have been looking at the activities and ministries sustained by the Annual Catholic Appeal. This is the real mission statement of the Diocese. I ask you to look at the pie chart in the insert to today’s parish bulletin. It shows a range of concerns and the values that the Diocese of Brooklyn truly hold. They extend from the care of retired priests, some of whom have been ordained over 60 years, to maintinaing Catholic Schools for our youngest members. I have been most personally indebted to the hospital and nursing home chaplaincies supported by the campaign and professionally by “Faith Formation and Pastoral Life”. Others would pehaps have different priorities but they would all reveal a concern for the needs of the people of Brooklyn and Queens. Turning to the other side of the paper you can see how we can support the appeal and the wonderful work it does among us. I ask you to read and to reflect on both sides.

Recent collections:
September 3 – Catholic University Collection – $671.00
September 24 – Disaster relief Collection – $1,470.00

Liturgical Ministers:

There will be a training session for anyone who would like to be a Lector, Eucharistic minister or Minister of Hospitality for St Charles at:
BISHOP KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL
2202 60th Street
Brooklyn New York 11204

On Dec 9, 2017 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM.
Travel time under 1 hour by subway, under 30 mins by car
If you are interested please call Fr Smith in the rectory,

All Souls Novena:

The All Souls novena will be conducted from Thursday, Nov 2nd to Saturday Nov 11th for deceased family and friends. The times for the Mass for each day will be in the bulletin the weeks of Oct 29th and Nov 5th. More than remembering our deceased loved ones this is an opportunity to join with them praising the Father in the communion of Saints. Envelopes will be available in the entrances to the Church.

Collections for the Victims of Natural Disasters

Second Collections in Church:
Hurricane Maria: Oct 8th
Earthquake in Mexico:  Oct 15th

Material Goods:
We will be taking up a collection of desperately needed material goods for the victims of Hurricane Maria. These will be sent through Catholic Charities of Brooklyn to the Churches in Puerto Rico.  These items will be picked up by Catholic Charities and transported by JetBlue directly to Puerto Rico.

Please bring them to Mass on Oct 8th or to the Rectory on Oct 9th and 10th.  They will be picked up mid-week. (If you will not be able to attend church on Oct 8th, please call the rectory for a time to drop off the items.)

The following items are needed:

  • Bottled Water
  • Non-perishable food/canned food
    Rice
    Beans
    Crackers
  • Baby Food/Baby Formula
  • Diapers for Baby/Adult AND disposable wipes
  • Flashlights and Batteries
  • First Aid supplies – bandages, gauze, tape, antibiotic ointment, aspirin. Anti-diarrhea, Nausea, sunburn medication, sunscreen
  • Personal Hygiene Products – feminine, toothpaste, tooth brushes soap, shampoo, deodorant, foot care, towels, toilet paper
  • Sanitizers/ Cleaning Products – antibiotic soap, bleach, sponges, rushes mops, brooms, paper towels, gloves, mass, garbage bags.

NO CLOTHES WILL BE ACCEPTED

Mass:
There will be a Mass for the Victims of Hurricane Maria on:
Friday
Oct 20, 2017
7:00PM
Co-Cathedral of St Joseph

Annual Diocesan Appeal:
The Parish has pledged $26,475 of a $27,553 goal.  We ask you to read very carefully the bulletin inserts every work on the work of the appeal for our community and our Parish.