St. Saviour’s Academy

St. Charles is linked to St. Saviour’s School in Park Slope. I will be attending an open house this Tuesday, December 17 at 9 AM. St. Saviour’s was my first assignment as a Priest 40 years ago. I revisit older assignments rarely and I think this is my first time back in over 20 years. I hope that some of you may be able to join me. If you cannot, I will ask any questions you may have. So far, I have been asked to discover:

  1. How much is Prospect Park used, especially for athletic events?
  2. To what museums and other cultural activities are the students brought? Are they involved with any of the programs in the Brooklyn Museum?
  3. What kind of transportation can be arranged?
  4. How is it Catholic?
  5. What is the process for entering in middle school?
  6. What competitive high schools have the graduates attended?

Thanksgiving Food Drive and Distribution

This Thanksgiving, we are supporting the efforts of Catholic Charities to “help those in need find their Thanksgiving.” For background, their Thanksgiving food drive last year was featured in this NYTimes article. There are two opportunities to participate:

1. Food Drive on Sunday, Nov. 17

We will be hosting a food drive on Sunday, November 17 to collect the following Thanksgiving dinner staples requested by the organizers:

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All Saints / All Souls / St. Charles Borromeo Novena

This week, we will honor and remember all of the Saints and Souls in Heaven, especially our patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo, and our late devoted parishioner Frances X. Gates.

We have prepared a Novena prayer guide for you to use over the 9 days leading up to St. Charles Day on November 4th. If it is possible, attend all or as many of the 9 days of Masses between this Sunday and next Monday, where we will pray the Novena together, or pray the prayer for each day.

Sunday, October 27: 30th Sunday Ordinary Time – Novena Day 1
Mass at 9 am, 11:15 am, 7 pm. Infant Baptisms at 11:15 am Mass. Special Blessing for NYC Marathon Runners at each Mass. Parish Leadership meeting at 5:30 pm in the Rectory.

Monday, October 28: Novena Day 2
Weekday Mass at 12:10 pm

Tuesday, October 29: Novena Day 3 
Frances X. Gates: Wake 10 am, Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at the Church – all parishioners welcome. Weekday Mass at 12:10 pm

Wednesday, October 30: Novena Day 4
Weekday Mass at 12:10 pm

Thursday, October 31: Novena Day 5
Weekday Mass at 12:10 pm

Friday, November 1: All Saints Day, Novena Day 6: Holy Day of Obligation
Masses at 12:10 pm and 7 pm

Saturday, November 2: All Souls Day, Novena Day 7
Novena Mass at Noon

Sunday, November 3: St. Charles Borromeo Parish Patronal Feast Celebrated, Novena Day 8
Masses at 9 am, 11:15 am, 7 pm. New Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal Missals blessed and distributed. Meet and Greets after each Mass: coffee and refreshments after 9 am and 11:15 am Masses, wine and cheese after the 7 pm Mass.

Monday, November 4: Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, Novena Day 9
Mass at 12:10 pm. Discussion: Developing a Young Professionals Ministry, hosted by Paul Morisi at 7:30 pm in the Rectory.

Recap of “Your Unfinished Business” Talk by Chaplain Pitegoff

Last Sunday, Chaplain Barry E. Pitegoff, BCC gave the inaugural talk at our “Between the Masses” series. His talk on “Your Unfinished Business” addressed spiritual as well as practical steps we should all consider as we and our loved ones approach the end of life. The full text of his remarks is available here.

For those who attended and are looking to hear more from Chaplain Pitegoff, he is a contributor to Jewish Sacred Aging. His recent column, “Do Not Cast Me Off,” can be found at

RSVP for Fall Parish Cookout on 9/15

You and your family are cordially invited to attend
the Fall Parish Cookout
on Sunday, September 15 after the 11:15 AM Mass. 

Join us for a cookout as we reconnect with those who have been away over the summer and welcome in the fall season. There will be activities for all ages, including games and story time with the St. Charles lectors.

To help us arrange for the appropriate amount of food, please let us know if you can attend by September 8. This event is free of charge thanks to your generous donations.

Please fill out the form below to RSVP:

Fall Cookout 2019 RSVP