ALL MASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED-CHURCH OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
14 March 2020
Dear members of Holy Name of Jesus – St. Gregory the Great Parish,May the Lord give you His Peace!
This is the traditional greeting among friars; it was how St. Francis greeted everyone and this greeting holds a more personal and urgent feeling in these days of anxiety regarding the Coronavirus. I AM WRITING TO INFORM YOU THAT ALL MASSES WITHIN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Our church will be open for private prayer
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12:00-noon, and 4:00-6:00 PM
Additionally, let me inform you of some programs that remain intact and others that are postponed or canceled.
The Parish Office is closed until further notice. Please call 212-749-0276 ext. 112 with any questions.
The Food Pantry and Sandwich Line will remain open and operational. We are confident that we can provide these essential services safely and compassionately.
The Thrift Shop is closed until further notice. Donations continue to be accepted in the church lobby during Private Prayer hours listed above.
Religious Education classes are canceled until further notice.
Lenten Vespers and Adult Faith Formation programs are suspended.
JoyJ Project scheduled for March 28th is on hold. We have the materials for the comfort bags, and when it is safe for the homeless and the volunteers, we will reschedule.
Helping Hands food packaging event, scheduled for April 18, has been rescheduled for October 17, 2020.
While I am sad that these steps are required, I want to remind you all that these are positive steps taken to ensure the health and safety of our Community. It might feel like we are withdrawing and doing less, I want to invite you to think that these are collective and affirmative steps taken individually for the common good and the care of our brothers and sisters. Please keep an eye on your neighbors and stay in touch with each other that social isolation doesn’t give way to loneliness and people feeling abandoned.
You all remain in the prayer of the friars.
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- Thank You
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.
HOLY WEEK 2020
- Palm Sunday, April 5th
- Reconciliation Day, Monday April 6th
- Holy Thursday, April 9th
- Good Friday, April 10th
- Holy Saturday, April 11th
- Easter Sunday, April 12th
- Easter Monday, April 13th
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Lenten Reflection Guide 2020
- A journey toward ecological conversion from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- In this Lenten Reflection Guide, we offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each
week’s scripture readings in light of the theme of ecological conversion. Use this guide individually or in small groups to reflect upon your life patterns, to pray more deeply, and to renew your spirit to face the realities of our world.
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Upcoming Special Events
Planning Catholic Funeral Liturgies
Free on-line class from the Archdiocese of NY
Learn how to prepare a prayerful and beautiful funeral liturgy that gives glory to God and honors the deceased in Christ. Your teacher, Fr. Matthew Ernest, S.T.D., will answer the following questions and more:
• What is the Catholic teaching about death and eternal life?
• What is the history of the Catholic funeral rites?
• What role do the funeral rites have in the mourning process?
• Why is it important to have a Funeral Mass?
• What are the options for readings, music, prayers and words of remembrance?
• Can Catholics be cremated?
HELPING HANDS MEAL PACKING EVENT
- Event Date: Packing event has been rescheduled to October 17th.
- You can register to volunteer and make a donation on-line at: Click here to donate and volunteer
- Along with Catholic Relief Services and Rise Against Hunger, all money raised will go to cover the costs to pack 40,000 meals to send to vulnerable people in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
- This is our 6th annual Helping Hands fundraiser.
- Help us meet our goal of raising $20,000 to cover the cost of the food, material and distribution
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,
Stewardship Pledge Appeal 2019/2020
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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