The Watermark: Open House Weekend

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights invites us to tour its new spaces and learn more about independent living, assisted living and memory care.

To arrange a tour during open house weekend, please contact Ann Murtagh at 347-343-4900 or [email protected]. Tours will be offered between 10 AM and 6 PM on June 12 and 13.

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is located at 21 Clark Street.

About the Watermark at Brooklyn Heights

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is a historic landmark. Our modernized 1920s-era building features an art studio and gallery on the mezzanine, showcasing work from local artists; you’ll also find a theater, programs and activities from our award-winning Watermark University, a heated indoor pool; as well as a range of mind/body wellness programs at the fitness and wellness center.

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Trinity Sunday – Homily (Fr. Smith)

There are many things I will appreciate more post-Covid. Already, I have enjoyed seeing people’s teeth, especially their smiles. It is amazing how much a smile can bring to life. I appreciate what we are doing now: coming together to celebrate Mass, live, in person and able to exchange pleasantries on the church steps, something I would have taken for granted only a year ago. However, more important than these has been my greater appreciation of the Trinity.

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7th Sunday of Easter – Treating All as Brothers and Sisters

Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1308 – 1311,
Museo dell’Opera metropolitana del Duomo (Siena)

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Second Reading
Seventh Sunday of Easter
1 John 4:11-16
May 16, 2021

Paraphrasing an old Italian saying the 17th century French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: “Man is neither angel nor beast, and unhappily whoever wants to act the angel, acts the beast.”

John the Presbyter (elder) shares this concern. (For background on the authorship of John’s letters, see the commentary for April 11, 2021) We have followed him these six Sundays of Easter and saw that the community his great predecessors the Evangelist and the Beloved Disciple formed and inspired had become fractured and divided over the nature of sin and redemption. The differences had become so complete that he referred to his opponents as “antichrists.”

As we come to the end of our reading of the first letter of John, is there a lesson for us? Unfortunately, there is, and it is both timeless and timely.

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5th Sunday of Easter – Actively Loving Each Other

Photo by Max Harlynking on Unsplash

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Second Reading
Fifth Sunday of Easter
1 John 3:18-24
May 2, 2021

Have you ever been asked if you were “saved” and felt that you didn’t quite know the answer John the Presbyter (elder) who wrote the first letter of John will help us answer this from today’s reading.

If the person who asked the question is a traditional Protestant, he is assuming that to be saved means to have had a strong and unmistakable experience that God has chosen you for his own. If she has a good grounding in Calvinism, she knows that this reflects the belief that humankind is hopelessly corrupt and broken, and even God cannot make us holy and whole. Therefore, God accepts – saves – some people by ignoring their sins. They are not changed by God’s grace, it is a free and gratuitous gift of God.  Therefore, after one has had this experience, a person cannot be unsaved. It is permanent. No wonder that it is called being “born again.”

There is a great truth here. No one can save himself; God’s action must come first and is absolutely necessary. Yet Catholicism believes that we are not totally corrupt. God’s grace – that is a relationship with Jesus – can change us so that we become more like Him. Therefore, although the church has an ancient and well-developed mystical tradition, no one experience of God is definitive. Although our actions cannot save us, they will show if we are in a right relationship with God. The Catholic question is “Is your conscience clear?” After examining our consciences, do we find ourselves free of Mortal – deadly – sin which would sever our relationship with God?

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Divine Mercy Sunday – Homily (Msgr. LoPinto)

We often refer to this gospel as the gospel of the Doubting Thomas.

But I dare say that this was not a doubting Thomas, just being a human.

And was looking for concrete evidence in which he could place his trust. The Lord recognizes that and gives him that concrete evidence by coming before him and inviting him.

Who put his hands into the large wounds that he may realize that this truly is the crucified Jesus who has been glorified, stands there in its midst as the glorified one.

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Black Americans on Their Way to Sainthood: Julia Greeley

Julia Greeley (c. 1840 – 1918), Ex-Slave, Housekeeper, “Denver’s Angel of Charity,” Servant of God
By Mike McGowan

Whatever was thrown at her,
Julia kept her good eye on her lover nailed to a cross and
chose to follow his lead in not fighting back,
while sharing his love to all.
Thus in a world, where so much racial vitriol still abounds,
Julia gives all a sterling example of respecting the dignity of all our brothers and sisters.

An Hour with Julia Greeley, Fr. Blaine Burkey, O.F.M.Cap, 2020

Julia Greeley lived a humble life devoted to helping those in need and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She is an example to us when we face challenging situations. She also shows us how to love and serve our neighbors compassionately.

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