SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Belle Harbor, NY 11694 PASTORAL STAFF Rev. Msgr. John J. Bracken, Administrator Rev. John S. Wtulich, Associate Rev. Patrick Longalong, Associate Deacon Vincent LaGamba Deacon Armand D’Accordo Mrs. Dorothy Brenna, Parish Secretary RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Mr. Robert Ruggiero PARISH TRUSTEES Mr. William Lavin Mr. Desmond McGowan PARISH FINANCE Mr. Martin Keating Mr. William Lavin Mr. Terence Quinlan Mr. Desmond McGowan MUSIC MINISTRY Mr. Jonathan D’Amico – Music Director ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ACADEMY Mr. Christopher Scharbach—Principal Mrs. Rori Martello – Assistant Principal Ms. Phyllis Lograno, School Secretary PASTORAL COMMITTEE Mr. Jamie Agoglia Mr. Gregory Bender Mrs. Dorothy Brenna Mrs. Patricia Collins Mrs. Yvette Conroy Mrs. Kristin Franchock Mrs. Patricia Gibson Mrs. Danielle Kelly Mr. Martin McManus Mrs. Joanna Ostrander Mrs. Christine Strehle ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CONVENT Sister Patricia Chelius, CSJ Sister Paul Marita, CSJ Sister Patricia Walsh, CSJ MISSION STATEMENT St. Francis de Sales, a parish steeped in tradition, rich in natural beauty and bountifully blessed with a community devoted in love to serve God and our neighbor. We seek to live actively the Word of God through the example of our patron saint, a life devoted to energetic, generous and constant fidelity to the will of God. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we will grow in our faith through continuous education, formation, communication, and out-reach, while passing these values on to our future generations. We endeavor to be a most vibrant community of faith which will effectively utilize the talents, resources, and treasures of our parish for the good of all God’s people. WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE Monday to Friday: 6:30am and 9:00am Saturday: 9:00am and 5:30pm (Vigil) SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE 7:30am; 9:00am; 10:30am, Noon, 5:30pm and 7:00pm (Polish) HOLY DAY SCHEDULE Vigil of Holy Day at 7:30pm Holy Day at 6:30am; 9:00am and Noon CONFESSION/SACRAMENT OF PENANCE Saturdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Seasonal Penance Services during Advent and Lent CARE OF THE SICK If there is an elderly, sick or infirm parishioner who wishes to receive Holy Communion or the Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office. ANOINTING OF THE SICK Communal Celebrations of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will take place in the Fall and in the Spring. OFFICE HOURS Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm Evening— by appointment Saturday—by appointment Sunday—No Office hours BAPTISM Parents are asked to contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment with a priest or deacon to complete the Baptismal Registration Form. Parents are required to attend a Baptismal Instruction at 7:00pm on the First Thursday of the month. Baptisms are celebrated on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm. MARRIAGE Preparations for the Sacrament of Marriage are very important and take time. Couples planning to be married at Saint Francis De Sales are asked to contact the Parish Office no less than eight months prior to the wedding date. Please do not schedule the catering hall prior to making arrangements at the parish. Couples are required to attend the Pre-Cana Program of the Parish at least six months prior to the wedding. PARISH WEBSITE: Stfrancisdesalesparish.org PARISH TELEPHONE NUMBERS Parish Office/Rectory 718-634-6464 Parish Office/Rectory Fax 718-634-0716 Parish Email firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Religious Education Office 718-634-6464 Saint Francis De Sales School 718-634-2775 Saint Francis De Sales School Fax 718-634-6673 ST. FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH First Sunday of Lent February 22, 2015 Masses for the week of Feb. 22- 3-1, 2015 First Sunday of Lent Sunday 7:30 AM Teddy Sica 10:30 AM Jane and James Scanlon 12:00 PM Father John T. Piccione, OFM Monday 6:30 AM The Smythe and Comerford Families 9:00 AM Mary Martin (A), Father Patrick Carroll and Mark and Bridie Carroll Tuesday 6:30 AM Eileen Murphy 9:00 AM Mary and William Chelius Wednesday 6:30 AM Kevin Kearney 9:00 AM Thomas F. Conaboy Thursday 6:30 AM Mary Shea Kane 9:00 AM Rose Simeti Friday 6:30 AM Colleen Tuohey 9:00 AM Joseph E. Meade Saturday 9:00 AM Vince and Dolores Vicente 5:30 PM Martin S. McDermott Sunday 7:30 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 PM 5:30 PM Daniel T. Murphy Grace Ann Blum John Sullivan (46A) Alexander Flanagan For the People of the Parish BREAD AND WINE: to be offered at the Masses for this week is donated in memory of The Santora Family. CONGRATULATIONS: St. Francis de Sales welcomes our new parishioner who was baptized on Saturday, January 31st… Welcome, Logan Michael Sica REST IN PEACE In our charity, please remember the parishioners who have died recently. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of Christ rest in peace. Amen Michael (Mush) Gerard Reidy, Thomas Carroll, Lucy McDonough Sr., Mary Rooney and Miles Vincent Cornyn. SICK AND HOMEBOUND Kindly remember in your prayers the members of our Parish Family who are ill. Michael Glynn, Thomas McLeod, Michael Weinstein, Jeanne Briody, Nancy Hanson, Theresa Kalman, Sheila Cassidy, John Kimball, John Carlucci, Kathryn and Declan Darcy and Bobby Wallace. Winners for the week are: 500 Club Weekly: Congratulations! Winners are: $100 #358 Rob and Catherine Rose 50 #088 John Tansey 25 #149 Andrew M. Rohman PARISH STEWARDSHIP: WEEKLY OFFERING Week of February 8th - $12,958.50 The weekly offering for Feb. 15th will be in next weeks bulletin.. Thank you for your support to the Parish. ST. FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH First Sunday of Lent February 22, 2015 PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve on your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help others respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of St. Francis de Sales support vocations of sacrifical love in the youth and young adults. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you on the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen VOCATIONS – ARE YOU BEING CALLED? How are you letting God be present to you, and how is God present to others through you? The Church needs dedicated lay and ordained ministers to help make God present to the people. Please pray about it and, if you’d like more information about serving the Church in this way, contact the Vocation Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn at 1-718-8272454 MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA – Every Monday morning after the 9:00 AM Mass. WISDOM OF POPE FRANCIS The Cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And yet, God has spoken, he has replied, and his answer is the Cross of Christ: a word which is love, mercy and forgiveness. SEA BREEZE GOLDEN AGE TRIPS Monday to Friday, May 11-15 to the Outer Banks in North Carolina – 4 nights – 4 breakfasts - 3 dinners, various sightseeing trips in a deluxe bus. Trip Cost $815 – Insurance $65 Dep. & Ins. due Feb 4th and balance due March 18th. June 18th – West Side Story at Westchester Broadway Theatre lunch and show – Price $85 – Dep. $20 with reservation balance due April 15th. For information call: Mary Ellen at 718634-6307 and Kate Hanratty 718-634-1941. PRAYER OF RESOLUTION by St. Francis de Sales HENCFORTH I RESOLVE TO STRIVE EARNESTLY TO BE PATIENT AND GENTLE, AND NOT TO ALLOW THE WATERS OF CONDRADICTION TO EXTINIGUISH THE FIRE OF THAT CHARITY WHICH I OWE TO MY NEIGHBOR. AMEN. ARMED FORCES Please keep in your prayers the members of our parish, who are serving in the Armed Forces. Lt. Cmdr. Gerard Casey WELCOME MSGR. GERAGHTY We welcome back Msgr. Geraghty as our guest celebrant on Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30 PM Mass. Please join us for Mass on this special day during Lent. LENTEN SERVICES: Stations of the Cross and Benediction every Friday evening at 7:30 PM during Lent. LENTEN REGULATIONS Ash Wednesday and Good Friday: Days of Fast (eat less) and abstinence (no meat) Limit one full meal on these days for Catholics between ages 18 and 59 inclusive. All Fridays in Lent: Days of abstinence (no meat): Days of Abstinence. For all Catholics who have reached their 14th year. Weekdays of Lent: There is no obligation to fast. However, voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended. Easter Duty Obligation: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, Catholics are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept should be fulfilled during the Easter Season, Catholics are also bound to confess serious (mortal) sins at least once a year, but this is not limited to the Lenten/Easter Season. “I TELL YOU SOLEMNLY, IN SO FAR AS YOU DID THIS TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE, YOU DID IT TO ME” MT 25:40 FEED THE HUNGRY There will be FEED THE HUNGRY bins in the vestibules on the 129th and 130th entrances of the Church. This will be an ongoing, non-perishable food collection to provide local food pantries with much needed supplies. Items of particular need include dry milk, tuna, hot and cold cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, rice, beans, PB&J, soups, canned fruits and vegetables. Please no glass donations. Thank you in advance for your support. POOR BOXES Sincere thanks for the thoughtful generosity of so many to the poor boxes at the doors of the church. Your kindness gives hope to so many. May this awareness continue. School of Evangelization - Faith Formation INFORMATION Upcoming Sacraments FIRST PENANCE & HOLY EUCHARIST SACRAMENTS First Penance - Saturday, February 28th 11:00 A.M. for Classes 2A & 2-1 2:00 P.M. for Classes 2B & 2-2 Note: arrival time to the Church is half hour prior to the Ceremony. SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION Confirmation will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 25th at 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. by Most Reverend Octavio Cisneros, D.D. Note: arrival time to the Academy Gym for Candidates and Sponsors is 1 hour prior to the Ceremony. Rehearsal for Confirmation Candidates & Sponsors for the 1:00 P.M. Ceremony is Wednesday, March 18th 7:00 P.M. Note: arrival time to the Church is half hour to rehearsal. Rehearsal for Confirmation Candidates & Sponsors for the 4:00 P.M. Ceremony is Thursday, March 19th 7:00 P.M. Note: arrival time to the Church is half hour to rehearsal. Reminder: Application and Sponsorship Forms for the Sacrament of Confirmation are now due! All forms must be submitted otherwise a candidate will not be eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation. RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults We are pleased to welcome Darryl Inge who is preparing to be fully received into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil. May we ask that you kindly pray for him, ”The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! Numbers 6:24-26 For further information you may contact the Parish Office 718-634-6464 MASS IN HONOR OF ST. PATRICK The 40th Annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Saturday, March 7th, the parade will step off at 1:00 PM. A Mass in Honor of St. Patrick will be celebrated at 9:00 AM. Our guest celebrant and homilist will be the Rev. Brian Dowd, the pastor of Queen of Angels Parish in Sunnyside. Father Dowd is the Director of the Irish Apostolate of our Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. We invite you to join us on this day in celebration of the Irish Heritage and Culture. COMMUNITY NEWS: St. John’s University Speech and Hearing Center will be offering Hearing Aid Help from February through May 11, 2015. This is a free service and is available for anyone who has a hearing aid and may be experiencing some difficulty caring for it or using it. Please call the center at 718-990-6480 to schedule an appointment. The Speech and Hearing Center is located at 152-11 Union Turnpike, Flushing, NY.
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