Divine Mercy

Dear parishioners,

This Sunday, April 19, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope St. John Paul II designated this second Sunday of Easter as the day on which to celebrate the Mercy of God through this most wonderful devotion given to us through the Polish nun Sr. Faustina Kowalska.

A couple of years ago I tried to promote this devotion in our parish as a means for us obtain the Mercy of God for the many sins which have offended his most Sacred Heart. We conducted a parish pilgrimage to Shrine of Divine Mercy here in the United States located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Divine Mercy chaplet has been recited before the Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent. I encourage everyone to pray the chaplet in the privacy of their homes, using the image of Divine Mercy on the prayer cards I have given out as a “window” into the merciful love that Jesus wishes to show each and every person. I say the chaplet every day, usually after praying the Rosary (another excellent devotion which I encourage everyone to pray daily).

These days are difficult ones for those of us who are trying to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus by socially distancing ourselves. The isolation that we experience can be oppressive. Being separated from our friends and loved ones leaves us with a sense of sadness and loss. As human beings we are created to be in relationship with others. This is what it means to be created in the image of God, a God who is an eternal union of relationships between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Divine Mercy devotion can lead us into the very heart of the Trinity, for mercy is the Love of God bestowed upon our sinful humanity. We are in need of this mercy, now more than ever. We may be separated from each other, but we must never allow ourselves be separated from God’s Love. This is what keeps us united with each other and with our Church, even as we are unable to receive the great gift of the Eucharist. God’s Love, which is manifested in the Divine Mercy, is what unites us in Him and with each other.

Do not neglect the great gift of prayer, especially the prayer for Divine Mercy, as well as the Rosary, during this time of trial. We are not alone. Our Lord is with us, and through Him, the angels and saints as well. Allow Him to comfort you through prayer and to encourage you in the days and weeks ahead. Please be assured of my prayers for you, and may I ask that you also remember me in yours.

Jesus, I Trust in You.  

~  Fr. Frank

 

Rectory Office Hours

As of Friday, March 20, at 12 noon, the Rectory Office is closed until further notice.  We are sorry for this terrible inconvenience, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic New York State mandates that all non essential workers remain at and work from home.  Please pray for an end to this horrible pandemic.

From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

As we now enter our third week of no “public” liturgies during this covid-19 pandemic, our hearts are rightfully saddened by the fact that we are not able to gather as a community to celebrate the beautiful and meaningful Holy Week and Easter Liturgies. We have been humbled by a little virus that is not even visible to the human eye. I wish to remind everyone, however, that even as we practice social distancing, Holy Week and Easter have NOT been cancelled. Although we may not be able to participate, in person, in the celebration of the Mysteries of our Redemption, we can still watch them on TV and make a spiritual communion in the hopes of once again being able to come to Church and receiving the Holy Eucharist for which our souls yearn (Psalm 42).  I encourage you all to do so as our Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presides over the sacred rites from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn. (Please see the schedule of liturgies on NET TV in the bulletin or on the diocesan website).

I have been in touch with some of our parishioners over the phone. I am particularly concerned about our seniors who are especially vulnerable at this time. Frequently I am asked when this will all end. Behind that question is a desire to return to the Holy Eucharist, to receive the bread of life, to drink of the cup of salvation. I am truly encouraged by such faith, and the most difficult part of this entire ordeal, for me, is not being able to share this sacred meal with my parishioners. Although I have been celebrating Mass daily in the St. Kateri Rectory Chapel, it is not the same. While I am not able to answer when this crisis will end, I do know that it will someday be possible for us all to gather around the table of the Lord and celebrate what God has done for us in His Son Jesus Christ.

So, my dear parishioners, I encourage you to continue to pray and to look forward to the day when we can once again come to Church, to be together as a people of faith, to celebrate the reason for our hope, to worship our God who loves us infinitely more than we can ever imagine. Be safe, stay healthy, do not take any unnecessary chances during this time of pandemic, but above all be glad that God has saved us. Yes, he has saved us, and that is after all what we truly celebrate during these Holy Days.

May God continue to bless each and every one of you. Let us pray for one another.

Rev. Frank Schwarz,       Pastor

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER

         My Jesus, I believe that You are present in

the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things

and I desire to receive You in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

~ Amen

 

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

CHURCHES & LITURGY
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all Sunday and weekday Masses, and Stations of the Cross have been canceled until further notice.
This will include Holy Week and Easter Liturgies.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross for this Friday, March 13 have been canceled.

Covid 19 Precautions

https://americanmartyrs-queens.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-PRECAUTIONS.pdf

 

 

 

All meetings in the Sullivan Center and Murray Center have been canceled through Sunday, March 15.

Bp. DiMarzio Statement on PA Report

CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS –GARAGE SALE

CWV Indoor Garage Sale—  has been canceled. 

 

 

 

Christmas Fair

Please visit us at our Annual Christmas Fair!

Saturday, Dec. 2  from 10 am to 3 pm.   &   Sunday, December 3  from 9 am to 3 pm.