Monday, April 14, 2014

Reconciliation Monday - From Cardinal Dolan

I hope that our non-Catholic friends will pardon many of us Catholics today.  They will probably sense that we’re a bit jittery:  This is Holy Week, and, today is Reconciliation Monday throughout all five boroughs, Long Island, and seven counties north of the Bronx, reaching almost to Albany.  Sometime this week, especially today in the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre (as every parish in those three dioceses has confessions available from 3:00-9:00) many of us will approach the sacrament of penance to conclude Lent and be ready for Easter.
So, we’re a little nervous.  Going to confession is like a trip to the dentist:  we know it’s good for us, and we sure feel better afterwards, but we’re anxious about doing it.
The simple truth is, we are sinners.  We Catholics – - like all Christians, and our Jewish neighbors – - acknowledge that our sins not only offend our loving God and harm ourselves, but that they hurt everybody else.
We claim to be people of love, and, I’m afraid, sometimes are hateful; we pretend to be selfless, and often are the opposite; we say we’re honest, and on occasion lie and cheat; we’re supposed to be for peace, and end-up fighting and arguing. We say we’re humble, but are all too often cocky and arrogant.  As is evident from what Pope Francis expressed Friday, we remain sickened and sorry for such a horror as the abuse of minors by priests, and negligence by bishops, however tiny a percent of clergy they may be.  We have disregarded the commandments, the beatitudes, the Bible, and the teaching of Jesus and His Church.  We admit it.  We’ve hurt God, ourselves, and our neighbors.  We’re sorry.
We know God forgives us when we ask Him to, because He told us so.  We experience that in Confession.  We find it hard at times to forgive ourselves.  And we ask those whom we have offended to pardon us for our failure to practice what we preach.
I guess that’s why we describe ourselves as “practicing Catholics,” because we keep trying to get it right.
So, this week finds us somber, as we recall what our sins did to Jesus that first Good Friday.  Jesus, on his way to His cross, fell three times, which means, in the Bible, “a lot.”  We slip and fall a lot too!
But, this Holy Week finds us ultimately joyful, grateful, renewed as we celebrate His resurrection from the dead this Easter Sunday.
Today finds us jittery as we prepare for confession on this “Reconciliation Monday.”
So, to our non-Catholic friends who read this blog, I say thanks for your patience with us, not only today, but every day, as we often stumble and fall in what I hope is our ongoing journey to follow Jesus more faithfully and generously.
And, to my fellow Catholics, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this most wonderful sacrament.  If you’re in New York, Brooklyn, or Rockville Centre, stop by any Church between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. today, and a priest will be waiting to hear your confession.  If you’re outside the New York metropolitan area, I am sure your local parish will have additional opportunities to receive the Sacrament.
Happy Passover to our Jewish neighbors!
Happy Holy Week and Easter to our Christian neighbors!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Holy Week and Easter 2014

Saturday Vigil - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Reconciliation Monday, April 14    3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
No Confessions on Holy Saturday

Office of Readings and Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30 p.m.
Adoration until Midnight in the Atrium

 GOOD FRIDAY – April 18
Day of Fasting and Abstinence From Meat
Office of Readings and Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
Children’s Service of the Passion – 12:00 noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross – 7:30 p.m.

Office of Readings and Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
Blessing of Easter Food – 12:00 noon
The Easter Vigil – 7:30 p.m.
(No 5:00 p.m. Mass)

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Additional 10:30 a.m. Mass in school gym

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Was Blind . . . But Now I See!

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound . . .

 Last 2 years of life, dad really suffered. At one point he asked me – is there something I did? Remember, a devout man who went to daily Mass.

1)    Whose sin was it?

Some thought misfortune due to his sin – sometimes we do cause our problems, but many times not

Not his sin – but sometimes can be used for good!

2)    Jesus, who is the enemy of darkness does something strange - Spits on the ground – makes a mud paste   -   MUDBLOODS

Remember creations story – formed out of clay of ground -  Jesus: Creation being completed –

3)    Wash in pool  Siloam “Sent”   Baptism   -   restores sight

4)    He is a new person - Can see – physically – but now invited to see Spiritually:

Football Commentator – art critic  -   doctor        see what I cannot   

Phrase: Seeing is Believing?   -  NOW - Believing is Seeing!!!

a)     A man

b)    A prophet

c)     A Man from God

d)    Lord  - the Biblical Word for God!!!

Faith is a new kind of sight -    see Christ in poor, unborn child, homeless person     see God’s presence and action in this world!

 March 21, 1748  - John Newton – the Slave trader  -  “The Great Blasphemer”

Tied self to helm of ship   prayed    survived

Amazing Grace

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Making All Things New"

Our archdiocesan pastoral planning process, Making All Things New, which officially got under way this past September after 3 years of preparation, reached another milestone this past week.
Our 40 member advisory group, composed of pastors, permanent deacons, religious, and laity, met from March 25-27 at the Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining and reviewed the suggestions presented by all 75 clusters.
The advisory group was impressed by the obvious dedication and hard work done by the parishes and clusters, which led to the insights and proposals that were the basis for the advisory group's positive and thorough discussions.
The advisory group's preliminary recommendations will soon be returned to the clusters for their further review and deliberation. We ask that these on-going discussions among the cluster and the advisory group take place in confidence, so that all members will feel free to express themselves openly, as the final recommendations are developed for presentation to Cardinal Dolan at the end of June.
After carefully reviewing these final recommendations, and seeking the input of the priest council and other advisory bodies with whom he must consult, the Cardinal will announce his decisions in September.

Confirmation Weekend

Bishop Dominick Lagonegro, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, Episcopal Vicar of Orange County, and Regional Vicar for the Upper Counties, will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for our Confirmandi on Friday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please pray for our Confirmandi and their sponsors.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Vatican City, 12 March 2014 (VIS) – Tomorrow, 13 March, will be the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis to the See of St. Peter. These 365 days of his papacy have been characterised as a “time of mercy”, as described by the Pope himself. During these twelve months of intense activity, the Pope “from the end of the earth” who asks us to pray for him, has started out on a new way of working that, with a slow but sure pace, has drawn renewed attention to issues not only of an ecclesiastical nature. The “priest of the world”, as his special secretary Msgr. Alfred Xuereb calls him, “has not wasted a minute! He works tirelessly and, when he feels the need to take a moment's pause, he closes his eyes and does nothing: he simply sits and prays the Rosary”.
To commemorate this first anniversary, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., gave an interview with Vatican Radio in which he reflects on this year and its “great impulse to a journeying Church”.
“The most important aspect of this first year is without doubt the great attention, the great attraction of the people – I say the people, meaning not only practising Catholics, but everyone in this world – the great attention for this Pope, for his message. It is something that I think and hope is very deeply rooted in the heart of the people, who have felt touched by a word of love, attention, mercy, closeness, proximity, in which through the man, the Pope, the love of God arrives”.
“The Church truly seems to be a journeying people. This is her most characteristic aspect: a sense of great dynamism. The Pope has given a great impulse and journeys with a Church that seeks God's will, that seeks her mission in today's world for the good of all, truly going out to the peripheries, to the ends of the world”, he continues, adding that there are “manifestations of attention, therefore, that come from places, from atypical organs of the press”, that “mean that his message reaches its target”.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Funeral Mass - Isabella M. Manno

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Isabella Manno on Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. Isabella was an active parishioner involved with Catholic Daughters and Prayers Shawl Ministry. She will be deeply missed. Please pray for her and for her family.