Donate to Support Catholic Charities Food Banks

Tomorrow, May 5, is Giving Tuesday at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Gifts made on May 5 to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will be matched up to $400K.

In the past 3 ½ weeks, Catholic Charities has distributed over 40,000 meals worth of food in Corona and Elmhurst Queens and East New York, Brooklyn, which have been the hardest-hit communities during this crisis. Families there are in dire need of essentials. Moreover, Catholic Charities has seen a 100% percent increase in demand for food at our existing food pantries throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

St. Charles Borromeo continues to support Catholic Charities in its important ministry and we will be making a contribution to Catholic Charities tomorrow. Please join us by contributing through our website.

Update from Bishop DiMarzio on COVID-19

Yesterday, Bishop DiMarizio issued a letter providing an update on the diocese’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The text of the letter is below. In the letter, the Bishop:

  1. reflects on the challenges of our times,
  2. offers suggestions for ways to experience Jesus when we are unable to receive the sacraments, and
  3. describes the process by which the diocese will determine when it is safe to reopen churches.

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Reflections on Matthew’s Gospel from Our Confirmation Class

While staying at home, the St. Charles Confirmation Candidates of 2020 have continued to prepare for the sacrament. Their latest assignment was to read the Gospel of Matthew and to reflect on it. One part of this work was to find a passage in the Gospel that would speak to having faith during our current crisis. Here are some of their thoughts:

Come to me,
all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me;
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
(Mt. 11:28–30)

I chose this passage because it shows how Jesus is always there for us to give us rest and to help us find peace spiritually, which can be incredibly helpful during times of hardship like this. –Nicholas N. Continue reading “Reflections on Matthew’s Gospel from Our Confirmation Class”