Lenten Observances

During Lent we are called to prayer, fasting, and alms-giving:

Eucharistic Adoration: Monday-Friday 9 am – noon

Living Lent Scripture Prayer Groups: Sundays 10 am, 8 pm; Thursdays 7:30 pm; Fridays 12:35 pm.

Confession: Weekdays 11:45-noon (before Weekday Mass)

Catholic Relief Services Rice BowlPick up a mite box to take home – bring back your donation before Easter.

Friday Abstinence: Parishioners from ages 14 and above are asked to not eat meat on Fridays during Lent, as well as on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those ages 18 – 59 are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Easter Vigil Choir: Volunteers requested to sing during the Easter Vigil on March 31st. Please contact Sergio Sandí at [email protected] or via the contact form.

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2/14

Lent is a time for looking at our lives and finding both the presence and the absence of God. We thank Him for his Grace through our relationship with Jesus, but we take this time to pause and reflect on how we have weakened this relationship though sin. On Ash Wednesday we are signed with ashes to show our recognition that we need repentance. It is an important ritual and, as you can see below, we will make every opportunity help you receive them. Please note however we also will have many hours for confession. What better day to ask for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.

7:00 a.m.: Mass with distribution of ashes
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Confessions

12:10 p.m. Mass with distribution of ashes
4:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday (Non – Eucharistic) Service with Confessions to 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Confessions to when last person leaves
7:00 p.m. Mass with distribution of ashes

If you or a neighbor are homebound and wish to receive ashes and Holy Communion, please call the rectory for a home visit on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Scripture Groups

This Lenten season, St. Charles invites you to Live Lent. Join a small group for an opportunity to share your faith with some of your fellow parishioners. These weekly small discussion groups take a deeper look at each Sunday’s gospel and provide inspiration for conversation about how our faith applies to our everyday lives. Sign-up sheets are available in the pews and at the back of the church. Please fill one out with your contact information and your day & time meeting preferences. Either drop it in the offertory basket or put it in one of the baskets at the back of the church on your way out.

Groups start the first week of Lent (Feb. 15) and run for six weeks (through March 28). Instead of giving up chocolate, join us this Lent to connect with your parish neighbors, deepen your spirituality and learn more about your faith. If you’d like more information, please contact the rectory.

Lenten Eucharistic Adoration

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th and we will once again have Eucharistic Adoration every weekday morning from 9:00 AM until noon.

To do this, we need at least one person present at all times in the church. So we are looking for volunteers to fill an hourly time slot, once a week. (Monday -Friday, 9-12)
Perhaps if you are in the neighborhood during the weekdays this Lent, you can help us out? If you cannot commit to a weekly hour, but can do several hours over the season, that is very helpful to us and we would love to hear from you.

Please email Maureen Pond at [email protected] to volunteer. There are also sign-up sheets in the back of the church. Thank you!

In Memoriam: Julianna P. O’Brien

Julianna P. O’Brien

September 25, 1950 – January 14, 2018

Dear St. Charles Parish Family and Friends,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Julianna O’Brien.

A Viewing will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 5 – 8 PM, at the Scotto Funeral Home, 106 1st Place, Brooklyn.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 AM.  The church will open at 9:30 AM for any that would like to pay their respects.

Julianna was a long-time member of St. Charles Borromeo.  She was born in Silvermines, County Tipperary, Ireland.  She lived and worked in Toronto, Canada before moving to NYC in 1986.

Julianna was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Charles where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, on the Pastoral Council, on the Monday Counting Team, taught in the Religious Education program, co-chaired the Activities Committee, and chaired the Parish Security Committee.

In lieu of flowers, Julianna’s family asks that donations be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Know Each Other Better

Last week I mentioned that I would be asking the members of the parish to know each other better. I have found no better way to do this than relational (one-on-one) meetings and have had almost 70 of them with members of the Parish. Through them I feel that I have been able to know you not just know about you far more than merely chatting after Mass or at parish Meetings. I think this is a very common experience and I have asked some people with whom I have met these past few months to have relational meetings with other Parishioners.

These are not interviews, nor are we asking for money nor, at least immediately, for participation in any parish function or ministry. They are a somewhat structured means of contacting each other person to person. Those of you who have had one with me have heard my story and I have heard yours. It is constantly amazing to me how this can reveal so many areas of common interest and concern that would have been otherwise closed. This is most surprising with people who have “seen” each other for years but never really knew one another.

Nothing is for everyone. There will be people who will read this and look forward an individual meeting with great enthusiasm. There will be others who would prefer a root canal. No one should feel in anyway forced. To those who are intrigued but unconvinced I would ask that if a fellow parishioner requests a meeting I ask you to consider it very seriously. It can be at a coffee shop, at home or in the rectory. When the greeting space is created in the rear of the church there will be an area set aside for them as well.

Many programs and projects will, no doubt, come from these meetings and that is good and to be encouraged and praised but the most important thing will be a sense of our community. It is a basic experience and belief of Catholic Christians that belonging comes before believing. By belonging we affirm our belief that it is the risen Lord that creates and sustains us against all things for all time.

Buildings Update


What you will see: You can now see the unpainted brick around the whole church.  As you can see from the areas of the church that are visible the paint removal was very successful, and the brick and mortar below are in very good condition for the most part.  A few isolated areas may still have some paint residue.  The paint has been mostly removed however a few areas of touchup remain to be completed once the weather warms.

We are now at the stage where the architect is finalizing the work to be done as he can fully inspect the brick and brownstone that was previously covered.  For the next two or three weeks you may see our intrepid architect Yves on the scaffolding creating a map of the broken brick and decayed mortar. This was intended to happen a few weeks ago but the weather was not very cooperative. This will be given to the company which will repair the façade and to the Landmarks commission.  You will likely see some investigation going on around the church including the windows.  This is to accurately express our restoration goals to Landmarks and the contractor. For security reasons alarms will be installed on the scaffolding itself.

What you can expect: Once the investigation from the architect is complete we will contract a very large and reputable construction company to repair the brick and restore the church facade. They will begin when weather permits and have a most impressive record for completing projects on time. Thus, I firmly expect the scaffolding to be down by July 4,, 2018 and the job itself completed by Labor Day.



Phone Service, Intercom, Fire, Smoke and Carbon monoxide alarms: These are all connected as they require wiring to be done behind the walls and we will only open them once.  The plans with proper architectural drawings for the fire alarm have been submitted to the Fire Department. This can take up to 3 months to process. Once these have been approved the work can be completed quite quickly.

I once more apologize for any difficulties in contacting the Rectory. We have resorted to a number of work arounds and, despite whatever message may sometimes be found on the system, the general voicemail does work and your calls will be returned. The bell for the office (rectory first floor) is also functioning.