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Spiritual Communion

When in these difficult days, when churches are closed and we lack the possibility of receiving sacramental communion, and we need strength and bravery to cope with hard moments in life, to fight laziness, small-heartedness, with temptations – then look for this spiritual strength in spiritual communion, as saints sought her, going to the torments and martyrdom.

As it has been for centuries, it has not always been or will be an opportunity to receive sacramental communion, but you can always and at any time strengthen yourself with spiritual communion. Then try to pray to God and call to Him from the bottom of your soul:

“I believe, sweet Jesus, that you are actually present in the forms of bread and wine. I love you with all my heart! I regret the sins that have offended you. Come to my heart, O my only desire! I fall into your embrace, I give myself to You (a), the only object of my love. Do not let me break away from you when I am! “

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From the Diocese 3/17/20

From the Bishop’s Desk: 3-17-20

The Centers for Disease Control has given the recommendation to avoid social gatherings of 10 persons or more. For this reason, and to promote the health and safety of all, including clergy who must continue to attend to the spiritual needs of God’s people, we are implementing the following until further notice.

All public Masses are suspended. This ruling is in effect until further notice.
The parish’s Mass intentions must be satisfied. Mass must be celebrated privately.
The suspension includes devotions or other services which have the potential of drawing together crowds of people.
There should be no Communion Services or other types of gatherings such as communal recitation of the Rosary, which could gather crowds.
As there will be no Masses celebrated publicly on Palm Sunday, the Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly. The Bishop will celebrate the Mass from the Cathedral and the oils will be available for distribution at designated sites around the diocese.
Holy Week Services and Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly in the parishes. There are NOT to be any public celebrations, even outside.
Easter sacraments for RCIA candidates and catechumens are to be postponed.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop in the Cathedral without a congregation and will be broadcast for the benefit of the faithful in their homes.
Also cancelled is the scheduled Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
Let us continue to pray for healing, strength and courage as we continue to serve God’s people in Brooklyn and Queens during this crisis. May Our Lady intercede for us.

CATHOLIC ACADEMIES CLOSING

Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Catholic Academies and Parish Schools Will close until at least April 20, 2020

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced today all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will remain closed until April 20, 2020. This follows last week’s announcement that the schools would be closed this week, March 16-March 20, 2020, out of an abundance of caution. The decision mirrors the New York City public schools announcement made last night. 

“The decision to close is based on the interdependency of services between public schools and Catholic schools,” said Dr. Chadzutko.

 Many families that attend Diocesan schools depend on the New York City services such as bus transportation, meals, nurses, and crossing and security guards.

 “If there was a safe way for us to open sooner, we would, but we cannot function without those essential services,” said Joan McMaster, Associate Superintendent for Principal and Teacher Personnel.

 The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is to restrict gatherings of 50 or more people. Clearly, the school environment would be in violation.

 The contingency pandemic plan, which is part of the Office of the Superintendent school crisis management plan, includes digital, distance and alternative instruction for students so that their education is not disrupted. A complete transition to that model of instruction will take place this week.

 The Office of the Superintendent is in daily communication with city and state officials and is part of the Coronavirus Education Task Force of the NYC Department of Education. During this time, there is a constant reassessment of the situation and the necessary response in an effort to keep our school community safe.

Annual Catholic Appeal 2020 begins

This week begins the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal. We thank all who have participated with a gift to the 2019 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2020 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. Please remain assured that your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal cannot be used in the settlement of abuse claims or for anything other than their intended purpose. We encourage all to watch the brief 2020 ACA Video online at: CFBQ.org/ACAVideo

Annual Catholic Appeal 2020

The Annual Catholic Appeal 2020 begins. Each parish must have a team, that is a group of people who will work together to ensure that the parish reaches the financial goal set for our parish. We need a few volunteers willing to join this group. To begin with, we are also looking for two volunteers who would go with the pastor to the first meeting as part of the ACA2020. Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 PM in the parish center of Our Lady of Mount Carmel church.

Sunday of the Word of God – Pope Francis

Pope Francis preached Sunday about the life-changing power of God’s word in Scripture, encouraging everyone to keep a Bible close for daily inspiration.

“Let us make room in our lives for the word of God. Each day, let us read a verse or two of the Bible. Let us begin with the Gospel: let us keep it open on our table, carry it in our pocket, read it on our cell phones, and allow it to inspire us daily,” Pope Francis said in his homily Jan. 26.

“The Lord gives you his word, so that you can receive it like a love letter he has written to you, to help you realize that he is at your side. His word consoles and encourages us. At the same time it challenges us, frees us from the bondage of our selfishness and summons us to conversion. Because his word has the power to change our lives and to lead us out of darkness into the light,” the pope said.

Pope Francis inaugurated the first Sunday of the Word of God with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope established the Sunday of the Word of God to take place annually throughout the world on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“On this first Sunday of the Word of God, let us go to the roots of his preaching, to the very source of the word of life,” the pope said.

“We need his word: so that we can hear, amid the thousands of other words in our daily lives, that one word that speaks to us not about things, but about life,” he said