UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
The Diocese of Brooklyn has closed all churches in Brooklyn and Queens effective at Noon Friday, March 20, 2020. The decision was made so to prevent the ever-present possibility of the virus spreading. All rectories were also closed for business at noon, and parish office business will continue by telephone only.
As a result of the closures, funerals, weddings, and baptisms will not be permitted in church. This is because limiting them to 10 people is proving not to be feasible. Graveside services outdoors will be permitted, maintaining the recommendations of the CDC regarding social distancing and at the discretion of the cemetery administration. A memorial Mass for the deceased can be celebrated later. Weddings and baptisms will be postponed to a later date.
“We want to ensure that there cannot be any more possible exposure to the virus at one of our Churches in Brooklyn and Queens. This was not an easy decision to make, however, the safety of our parishioners and our priests, deacons, and religious and parish staff weigh heavily on my mind. Already, we have received word that two of our priests have tested positive. With the celebration of Masses on NET-TV in different languages and live-streamed on our website (dioceseofbrooklyn.org/masses)
One priest with a confirmed case of Coronavirus is from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Glendale, Queens. He last celebrated Mass on Sunday, March 15 at 8 am and 11:30 am. He was also at the soup supper on Saturday, March 14 in the church basement. The other priest with Coronavirus celebrated Mass at St. Matthew’s Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 11:30 am. Both churches and rectories now will undergo a deep cleaning and sanitization, with approved disinfectants, following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be limited to emergencies only, and while it is necessary for the confession to be one-on-one and in-person, social distancing measures will be observed. A Confession could be held outdoors during this time so that the priest and penitent can be at some distance from each other. Spiritual counseling will be provided over the phone.
The Diocese is committed to serving the faithful in Brooklyn and Queens during this difficult time. While contact in person is limited at this time, the pastors and priests at our parishes are available by phone and via social media to help the faithful get through this trying time.
Although we are unable to come together and worship as the Body of Christ, our Church continues to function. In order to meet our weekly expenses, you are invited to mail in your weekly tithes to the Rectory. Thank you.
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Religious Education Office
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Director: Myrmonde Dorismond
How am I living my life?
This question was asked at the end of a parish news article.
At St Francis of Assisi/St Blaise parish, here is one example of a faithful servant of God, living out his life for Christ.
A little history is in order. His name is Jacky Guilloux, with 30 years of service to this parish community. Twenty-six years ago, with a desire to encourage some youths of the parish to know and live out their Catholic faith, Jacky started a youth group where they prayed and did Bible Study together among other things. Not long after, he gathered the parents of these youths and met with them once monthly, praying together and also doing Bible Study.
Some years later, as these youths matured, they were able to take control of the group themselves with some aid from their parents. They formally named it “The New Life in Christ “ Prayer Group.
Fast forward to October 2018: Jacky said that he was inspired by the promptings of the Holy Spirit to bring together all the groups within the parish to joyfully celebrate 26 years of this prayer group.
Within two weeks, Jacky called, texted, and personally invited as many people as possible.including some of the original members of this prayer group.There were some extra special guests also present, namely Our own Fr Dumont, Retired Bishop Guy Sansaricq and Council member Mathieu Eugene. So on October 13th, 2018 there was yet another celebration. Yes, St Francis of Assisi’s parishioners had just celebrated its feast day on October 4th. We simply love to come together.
The hall was beautifully decorated, lots of food, desserts, drinks, and yes, a cake. There were speeches, laughter, and fond memories. At the end, everyone left well-fed.
Thank you Jacky for your faithfulness and your desire to serve God through your Time, Talent and Treasure.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy
400 Lincoln Road, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Principal: Ms Diana Soto
Assistant Principal: Sr Barbara Yander
Board Members: Brenda Donald; Joan Tropnas; Sr Margaret Buckley; Anne Marie Stanislaus; Tom Riley
Board of Directors Chairperson: Lorraine Pierre