7th Sunday of Easter – Homily (Fr. Gribowich)

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Morning, everyone! It’s so great to be with you all again here today on such a beautiful Sunday. I think that today is this special day where we can really appreciate the beauty of creation – something I want to touch upon, especially as we reflect upon our readings today.

You know, I’m sure many of us have been able to spend a lot of time in our apartments and our homes catching up on different movies that maybe we wanted to watch, or TV shows. And one movie that I had every intention of watching but I just never got around to was the one called A Hidden Life and it came out last December, I believe in the movie theaters. And I know that some people here at the parish actually have seen it, and they had a very favorable impression of it. But for those you may not know what the movie’s about. It’s a true story of a man named Franz Jägerstätter, who was an Austrian during World War 2 who refused to swear an oath – pledge an oath of loyalty – to Hitler, and because of that, he was essentially persecuted, but then eventually executed. Continue reading “7th Sunday of Easter – Homily (Fr. Gribowich)”

The Power of Prayer – Maria Marti

Wash your hands…Wear a mask…Maintain six feet of distance…Avoid crowds…Watch daily updates by Governor Cuomo on the confirmed cases…Isolate…Quarantine…Lockdown… Zoom… Skype… Home school…Work from home…Closures of non-essential businesses.   Most of us cannot truly find the words to describe our new reality.

In the midst of all of this uncertainty, we have also witnessed the wonders and blessings of God.  We see how medical professionals attend to coronavirus patients.   Catholic charities provide emergency assistance and food.  We comfort our loved ones, neighbors, and parishioners by connecting and reaching out.   “I believe that I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13) Continue reading “The Power of Prayer – Maria Marti”

Psalm by 6th Grade Family Faith Class

This year, Antonia Fusco and her 6th Grade Family Faith Program Class wrote this beautiful psalm that we wished to share with the parish.

A Praise to the Almighty

Joy of the earth, Father Almighty all powerful—
You who dwell in the farthest heights.
Praise to You, Creator of beauty and light.

We glorify You, who are invincible.
Your mercy is endless,
Your love, infinite.
Bring us peace,
Rain down Your goodness.
Come be with me
So I may shine Your light on others.

Thank you, Chloe, Vikram, Annabel, Jacob and Antonia for this joyous prayer!

Church Open for Private Prayer on Tuesday, May 26

In accordance with the recent announcement by Bishop DiMarzio, St. Charles will be open for private prayer and devotion this coming Tuesday, May 26 between 11 AM and 1 PM. The following protocols must be followed in accordance with the diocese’s guidance:

  • masks must be worn inside the church
  • anyone who feels sick in any way should not to come to church for prayer
  • entry to the church will be limited to 10 people, as per New York State guidelines
  • all who enter the church must maintain the 6 ft. social distancing regulation at all times

Fr. Smith is hearing confessions at the rectory. Please contact him to arrange a mutually convenient time.

This is Phase 1 of a multi-phase diocesan plan that will ultimately lead to the resumption of Mass based on government regulations for public gatherings.  Please contact the rectory with any questions.

We hope this provides an outlet for spiritual nourishment as we move towards a full reopening.  A regular schedule for private prayer in the church will be announced soon.

Volunteers Needed:

We are seeking volunteers to help facilitate the private prayer hours by ensuring that we adhere to no more than 10 people at a time in the church and that visitors use hand sanitizer and wear masks, and wiping down pews after use. If you are able to assist, please let us know which days and which times you would be available during Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM.

Once we are allowed to resume public Masses, we will need more ushers and greeters given the enhanced health and safety protocols. We will not be able to resume public Masses until the Diocese of Brooklyn determines it is safe to do so. However, we want to ensure that we are prepared when that day comes.

If you are interested in serving either during private prayer hours or once public Masses resume, please email Jane Olson, [email protected]