Christmas Gift Appeal – Gift Cards for St. Vincent Scholars

This Christmas once again, our parish is partnering with HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services College Program to provide gift cards for 75 to 100 young people who are cycling out of foster care and will very likely not receive any gifts for Christmas this year.

We will be hosting a group of the young folks from St. Vincent’s at the Nativity Pageant Mass this Sunday when we will present them with gift cards for the group.

You can donate to this very worthy parish effort and help to bring Christmas joy to our young friends online at Please note that we only have a few days left to collect for the cards, so if you would like to contribute, don’t delay! We would be very grateful for contributions of any amount.

Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Frances X. Gates – Funeral Announcement

Dear St. Charles Parish Family and Friends,

I regret to inform you of the death of Frances X. Gates.
She passed Wednesday at Brooklyn Hospital.

There will be a wake at the Church (19 Sidney Place) in the Narthex
beginning at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 29th,
followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.

We extend our condolences to her family, friends,
and the Polish Catholic Community.
May she rest in peace.

In Christ,
Fr. Bill

The family has asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers – please see info at the link below:

Church Renovation Update

St. Charles Borromeo, Renato Araujo, November 2009.

Below is an update on the church renovations prepared by Nick Strachovsky, our client representative at K.O.W. ARMA:

Progress on the exterior has been moving along well the past few months.  The brick repair is in final stages. The chimneys have been repaired and new chimney caps are in place. The sandstone above the sidewalk bridge has been restored. Cleaning of the bricks and brownstone is in progress.  The slate roof repair is complete with the exception of patching around the gutters. All work at the tower is complete and the scaffolding has been removed. The flat roof work and parapet repair is in progress.  

Exterior stained glass cleaning and putty replacement is mostly complete. All exterior window woodwork restoration is complete. The stained glass windows will be covered by protective glazing. The final details are being reviewed for the protective glazing fabrication to begin. Once protective glazing installation is complete, the remainder of the sidewalk bridge can be removed. Once the remaining scaffold is removed, the exterior repair below the bridge will  be completed and step resetting will commence.  

Plans for the interior bathroom work are being filed this week for DOB review. The bathroom work is anticipated to begin within the next few weeks.

Diocese Honors Distinguished Parishioners

Photo by Antonia Fusco

Nearly 450 “Distinguished Parishioners” were recognized in an evening prayer service celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights on April 28.  Frances X. Gates and Francis H. Chin were selected by the diocese to be honored from our parish. All of the honorees gave of their “time, talent and treasure,” Bishop DiMarzio explained, before awarding a custom-designed medal to each of them. Read more at The Tablet.

Brooklyn Diocese Clergy Sex Abuse Reports List

The Brooklyn Diocese on February 15 issued an updated list of clergy accused of sexual abuse. The list includes a former pastor of St. Charles, Fr. Charles Kraus, who died in 2008.

Report allegations of abuse to the Independent Reporting Line,  1-888-634-4499. All reports generated are immediately reported to the Brooklyn or Queens District Attorney.

Bro. Beckett Ryan

Our dear Bro. Beckett Ryan, O.S.F., who served as Advocate for the Elderly at St. Charles, passed away on Tuesday.

Wake: Our Lady of Angels Friary (344 73rd Street) Friday 3-5 PM and 7-9 PM.

Funeral Mass: Our Lady of Angels Church (7320 4th Avenue) Saturday 10:30 AM.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.