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An Easter Message from Fr. Larry-
Easter Sunday, 2020
Brothers and Sisters,
I know that we are all unsettled, apprehensive and fearful as this Coronavirus spreads through our City and across the world. In these anxious days, I want you to know that the Friars, and Yes our Sisters in Providence, are praying for all of you. Our prayer is that we remain healthy and safe, patient and generous, that the sick are healed, the grieving are comforted, and the deceased are welcomed into Eternal Life. Easter is here, God’s promise of New and Eternal Life! While we are separated from each other, we are in this together. May the Holy Spirit, who joins us together bring you calm and peace.
I want to bring you up-to-date on the status of the parish during this pandemic. Let me begin with a word regarding the Friars and our scheduled withdrawal from the parish: We will be staying through the summer! I am not sure for how long, but it will be long enough to ensure as smooth a transition as possible and to afford us all the chance to get back on our feet and establish a new normal.
We are doing our best to live by the values of the parish and honor the State, City and ADNY precautions. Therefore, our church remains open (hours available on the website) for private prayer, and our Food Distribution programs remain active. The Thrift Shop is closed to customers, but you can drop donations off in the church vestibule. The Community Center is closed, aside from the Food Pantry and Sandwich lines.
Some planned parish events are postponed, including the Easter welcome of our RCIA candidates, First Communion and Confirmation. As soon as we know when we can gather as a community, we will be in touch with all the individuals and families affected so that we can reschedule with as much notice as possible. Sadly, the Friars have relocated and rescheduled Br. Abraham’s ordination to Chicago. This was necessitated by the travel restrictions and our desire to ordain him before any immigration proceedings against him are resumed. I hope that he will be able to return to us for a Mass of Thanksgiving as soon as possible.
The Staff and the Friars continue the work of the parish. While some come to sanitize, clean and protect our buildings, others are feeding the hungry and still others are working behind the scenes to make sure we are ready for your return. One thing we are working on is an upgrade to our information and communication system so that you can update your personal and family parish records and we can communicate with you in a more contemporary and immediate fashion. I hope to have more information in April.
Further, consistent with the justice we preach and pray, we are paying all of our staff, in full, through this hardship. We have worked out a plan through May 31st that will allow us to do this without incurring any parish debt or tapping our parish reserves. I do this to enable our employees to support their immediate and extended families, to maintain good relationships with their landlords, utility providers and other creditors, and help hold the staff intact during these days of transition. Additionally, it protects the parish from paying unemployment insurance and keeps us eligible to participate in the government’s stimulus package. Thus, it is a value decision that protects us financially.
I know that money is tight for everyone. I am grateful to the 158 of you continuing your online contributions and to the many of you who have mailed in your weekly collection envelopes and made other donations. Your generosity is impressive and inspiring. To all of you who can, I ask that you continue your contributions to our parish, and to those who can’t right now, please know my understanding. We will figure out the parish finances when this is over. Meanwhile, in this arriving season of Easter and its Ressurection, Hope and New Life, I am asking all of you to make an Easter gift to the parish. Large or Small, it will help us to extend the ministry of our parish during this hardship. You can make your gift through the “donate button” below or mail it to the office. Additionally, I ask you all to check here for updates and to register for our parish app so we can inform you of any changes.
Lastly, let me close with a reminder that Easter comes after the sorrow and despair and confusion of Good Friday. And the cross of Good Friday is with us always, as Jesus suffered and died for us so that we could know God’s ultimate and personal love for each of us. St. Francis used to pray before the cross for hope and guidance and resolve. I think his prayer is pertinent to all of us during the Easter Season and always.
Most High Glorious God, Enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me, Lord, A correct faith, A certain hope, A perfect charity, Sense and knowledge So that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
Easter is here, and I pray Easter Blessings upon you all! Alleluia! Alleluia!!
COVID-19 Safety – Informational Documents
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CLAP BECAUSE WE CARE!
The Friars and our church bells, along with all New Yorkers, take to front doors, windows and balconies nightly for a citywide clap to show support for the essential workers on the frontlines of the current health crisis.
Franciscan Ecology Initiative
Brothers and Sisters,
As I announced to you over this weekend, our Provincial, Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, asked the friars to share the findings of the Franciscan Ecology initiative. As I reminded you, this is our Pastoral Strategic Plan the friars have undertaken to consider which of our current 30 ministry sites we will be able to staff in the coming years. This has resulted in the Friar's plan to leave Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great later in the year. Please read the letter detailing the decision and coming changings. I will keep you updated as to the plans and timing as we work with the Archdiocese to lay the foundation for the next chapters of our beloved parish. That summary is available here, in English and in Español.
I appreciate your concern and your prayers for one another and the Friars
Peace to you all,
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RCIA- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the RCIA) is the Roman Catholic Church’s process by which adults are brought into the worshiping community, the Church, and mature in their love for Jesus Christ. The RCIA process unfolds over several months and includes study of the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, the seasons and feasts of the Church year, prayer, the teachings of the Church, reflection and discussion.
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Office is currently closed due to shelter in place.
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Sunday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Laudato Si’ Week- May 16-24
We’re living through history-shaping events. Laudato Si’ teaches us how to build a better world–together. The corona virus pandemic teaches us how vulnerable we are if we don't work together.
People everywhere are crying out for hope, and our faith is urgently needed to light the way. For Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May, Catholics are uniting in solidarity for a more just and sustainable future.
Stand united with our brothers and sisters in faith as we grow through the crisis of this moment to build a better tomorrow.
- Reflect and prepare through online retreat/prayer services and trainings, 16-23 May
- Join the worldwide day of prayer, 24 May, at noon local time.
- Put prayer & training into action during this anniversary year-especially during the Season of Creation 9/1-10/4.
In these unprecedented times, we understand that you may not be in our pews every Sunday due to illness or the desire to avoid contact with others. However, now more than ever, as we face this health crisis together, we need your continued generous support.
In your absence, know we are praying for you and your families. We encourage you to set up a one-time or recurring donation using our online giving platform as your contributions to the parish, food pantry and all of our outreach programs continue to be needed. Please click the link below to our online giving platform. Thank you for your support and Prayers during this difficult time.
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