Feast of St. Neumann

Below is the letter that Fr. Bill referred to during his homily on the Tuesday morning online Mass on the Feast of St. John Neumann.

From a letter to Cardinal Barnabo by Saint John Neumann, bishop
(Archives of Propaganda Fide, America Centrale, 1858-1860, Vol. XVIII, fol. 386 v. Neumann to Barnabo, October 1858, as quoted in Michael J. Curley, Venerable John Neumann [Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1950, pp. 325-326].)

I have labored with all my powers to fulfill the duties of my office

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Summary of Christmas Giving Appeals

We sponsor opportunities for us to give in different ways this Christmas season. It’s a busy time of year, so below is a brief summary of our Christmas giving appeals. More details about many of the programs are available below on the website.

  • Toys for Individual Children
    • If you would like to buy toys for a particular child, we will have the names of individual children and what they really want.
    • Email [email protected] to obtain name of child and his/her wish list.
    • Respond by December 8, 2020.
  • Catholic Charities Toy Drive
    • New toys and baby items will be collected will be brought together in a “toy store” for parents to choose which toys they think best for their children. 
    • Bring unwrapped toys in the rear of church (by Wed., Dec. 9), or bring to Custom House on Sat., Dec. 12
    • Respond by December 12, 2020.
  • Volunteer Your Time with Catholic Charities
    • Two ways to participate: (1) Collect from churches and Investors Bank locations during the week of Dec 14; and/or
      (2) Help distribute the toys on Dec. 17/18 (Queens) and Dec. 22 (Brooklyn)
    • (1) Email or call rectory to help with toy collection; (2) Sign up online to help with toy distribution
    • Please respond as soon as possible.
  • Gift Cards for St. Vincent Scholars
    • Gift cards for young people who are cycling out of foster care and likely not receiving any gifts for Christmas this year, and foster children who do not have access to school supplies and learning tools required for remote schooling.
    • Donate online at https://stcharlesbklyn.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/StVincentsGiftCards or place a check in the collection box (see details below).
    • Respond by December 13, 2020.
  • Christmas Flower Memorials
  • Christmas Gift to Parish
    • We will ask for your support of our annual Christmas donation that goes to support the activities of St. Charles, and St. Charles only. A particular focus this year will be the increased costs due to the pandemic. The parish has been scrupulous in fulfilling our safety responsibilities during the pandemic, but this has been very costly and will continue longer than anticipated.
    • Donate online at https://stcharlesbklyn.weshareonline.org/ParishChristmasGift or via envelope enclosed with the pastor’s Christmas letter.
    • Respond by December 25, 2020.
  • Christmas Gift to Catholic Charities
    • Churches across our diocese take up a collection for Catholic Charities on Christmas Day. Catholic Charities has been vitally important for so many of our neighbors, particularly during the hardships of this year. We encourage you to contribute generously.
    • Donate online at https://stcharlesbklyn.weshareonline.org/CatholicCharitiesChristmasGift or place a check in the collection box.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be two Masses said at St. Charles Borromeo:

  • 8 AM – Online Mass – The priests will celebrate Mass in the rectory chapel. You cannot attend in person, but the Mass will be streamed via Zoom and YouTube and available on YouTube for later viewing.
  • 12:10 PM – There will also be a 12:10 PM Public Mass in the church that is open to all.

You can watch the 8 AM Online Mass in the YouTube window below.

Christmas Gifts for St. Vincent Scholars and Children

Gift Cards: We are partnering with HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services to provide gift cards for young people who are cycling out of foster care and likely not receiving any gifts for Christmas this year, and foster children who do not have access to school supplies and learning tools required for remote schooling.

You can donate to this worthy parish effort and help to bring Christmas joy to our young friends by donating online at https://stcharlesbklyn.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/StVincentsGiftCards or dropping off a check at the rectory or in the collection box for St. Charles Borromeo with a note in the memo line that it is for the St. Vincent’s Gift Card Drive.

Please note that in light of the pandemic, we will need to get the gift cards to St. Vincent’s Services earlier this year, so if you would like to contribute, don’t delay! We would be very grateful for contributions of any amount. Donations will be pooled and divided evenly for the recipients to use on Christmas toys and/or school supplies.

Toys for Individual Children: If you would prefer to “Adopt-a-Child” and buy toys for a particular child, we will have the names of individual children and what they really wants. Please email [email protected] if you would like to participate.

Catholic Charities Toy Drive

In what has been a strong nine year tradition, we are partnering with the Custom House, to support the Catholic Charities toy drive. The toys and baby items collected will be brought together in a “toy store” for parents to choose which toys they think best for their children. Please place your toys in the rear of the Church.

Volunteering for Catholic Charities Toy Drive

Much work goes into the toy drive, especially after the toys are donated. More help than usual is needed this year due to the safety protocols. We are looking for people who could help prepare for and make the toy distribution a success:

Toy Collection
The toys will be collected from churches and Investors Bank locations during the week of Dec 14. We are looking for people who have cars to drive and also those who can help load.

The toys will be dropped off at two churches in Brooklyn and Queens: St. Vincent Ferrer, Flatbush and Our Lady of the Angelus, Rego Park.

Toy Distribution
The toys will be set up at “toy stores” at the two churches where parents can select the toys for their children. Below are the dates of the toy distributions at each site:
Dec. 18: Our Lady of Angeles, Rego Park
Dec. 22: St. Vincent Ferrer, Flatbush

More details about exact timing should be available next week. If you are available to assist by email or call the rectory, [email protected] or (718) 625-1177.