Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Blessings

Fr. Fennessy, Fr. Tomas, Fr. Francis and Fr. Leonard extend to all our parishioners best wishes for a Happy, Holy and Blessed Easter Season.

CONGRATULATIONS!

We would like to congratulate the following parishioners who are receiving the Sacraments of Baptism,  Holy Eucharist and Confirmation this Easter:
  • Jorge Castro 
  • Jordana Jordan
  • Melanie Manzueta
  • Matthew Manzueta
  • Kevin McKenzie 
  • Clarissa Melendez
  • Iliana Melendez
  • Kailyn Melendez
  • Skyler Simons 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Saturday & Easter Sunday

On Holy Saturday we remember God's work of creation and redemption, with an emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then we participate in the sacraments that join us to new life in Christ: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. Easter Vigil Mass at 8 pm.

At last, on Easter Sunday we rejoice in the new and eternal life that flows from following Christ--the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Mass at 9 am, 10:30 am (Spanish) and 12 noon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Good Friday Collection

Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Our parish, once a year on Good Friday, is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land. Many Christians in the Holy Land depend on the collection for their lives.

When you donate you are supporting Christians in the Holy Land. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry. Please be as generous as your abundance allows.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Holy Week

Palm Sunday is only the beginning of our week-long liturgical celebration that reveal both the depth of God's love for humankind and the way to eternal life. On Holy Thursday we ritually recommit ourselves to following Jesus' way of loving service. On Good Friday we reclaim the gift of Jesus' life for us and join our prayers with his for the salvation of the world. On Holy Saturday we remember God's work of creation and redemption, with an emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then we participate in the sacraments that join us to new life in Christ: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. At last, on Easter Sunday we rejoice in the new and eternal life that flows from following Christ--the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

2013 Cardinal’s Appeal Pledge Update



To date our parish has received $11,725 in pledges/gifts toward the 2013 Cardinal’s Appeal, from 31 families. For this Appeal to be truly successful, we must have the support of all of our families. The Appeal is a vital source of funding for the programs and ministries that sustain the parishes across our Archdiocese. It is not too late to make your gift. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you for your kind support.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Remember your loved ones with a Perpetual Candle-Lite. They are located at the:
  • Blessed Mother Shrine
  • Sacred Heart Shrine
  • Holy Crucifix
  • St. Theresa 
The candle will be lit and the name of your loved one placed onto an individual candle. Anyone interested, please click here to download the order form.

Meetings for Unemployed Job Seekers


In response to continuing requests, the Job Seekers Outreach Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Church is starting another no-fee series of weekly meetings to assist unemployed persons looking for a job.

The meeting will begin on Saturday, April 6, 2013 and continue for six Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, in St. Francis House, 135 West 31st Street. 

Click here for additional information.


Sunday, March 17, 2013


I would like to thank all of you who have made a gift to the Cardinal’s Appeal. Next week the parish will be conducting our annual Commitment Weekend solicitation for the Appeal. If you have been waiting to make your gift, this is the perfect opportunity to make a pledge during Mass next week. I would encourage you to be as generous as possible. Thank you. To date, our parish has received $9,625 in pledges/gifts toward the 2013 Cardinal’s Appeal from 25 families.

E-retreat presentation by Rev. Fr. James Martin, S.J.



You are invited to join the American Bible Society on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm for an e-retreat presentation by Rev. Fr. James Martin, S.J., author and Editor at Large of America, the national Catholic magazine.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.


  • Click here to view the invitation.
  • Click here to register for this event.

Hudson Guild Theatre Company presents "Frankenstein"

"Frankenstein" is a new version for the stage of the classic horror story by Mary Shelley first published in 1818. This production takes particular inspiration from two imaginative and witty film adaptations, "Frankenstein " (1931) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), both directed by James Whale. HGTC’s adaptation is suitable for ages 6 and older.


The Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, New York NY

Performances:
  • March 22-8:00 pm
  • March 23-2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
  • March 24-3:00 pm
  • March 29-8:00 pm
  • March 30 –2:00 pm & 8:00 pm.

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $5 Children
For Reservations call (212) 760-9817

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Conclave to Elect Pope Begins on Tuesday, March 12th

"Catholics are called to focus on what is essential: to pray for Pope Benedict, to pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the College of Cardinals, to pray for the future Pope, trusting that the fate of the barque of St. Peter is in the hands of God." (Vatican's Secretariat of State, February 23, 2013)

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We offer the following to assist you with your prayers:

Music to help you unwind

Very soon the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church from around the world will gather in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to choose the next Pope and spiritual leader of over 1 billion Catholics.

Before the results are broadcast to the world via smoke signal, we wanted to present a special conclave themed playlist to celebrate this rare, historic occasion. We’ve partnered with Tim O’Malley, Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and Concurrent Professor, Department of Theology; and Carolyn Pirtle, Assistant Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy to create a playlist of hymns and choral music from the Spotify catalog.


Dr. O’Malley gave us his interpretation of the music selection:


“The playlist consists of motifs central to the Catholic imagination relative to the election of a Pope. It focuses upon certain themes, including the Church’s asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit during this time of transition; the Church’s crying out to God for mercy that we might be found worthy to receive a successor of Peter, who unites the Church in love; and praise for the God, who guides the Church through the twists and turns of history. The playlist is intended to give the listener a disposition of wonder, of contemplation, of prayer to the God who first loved us.” (Posted February 28, 2013, 09:00 on spotify.com)


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The following playlist will help you to unwind and get into a prayerful spirit. To access the playlist, click on the music player, sign up (free) to Spotify (similar to iTunes) and download the player.


 

Prayer for the Election of a New Pope

Lord Jesus Christ, 
You are the Good Shepherd, 
And you never leave your flock untended. 

You gave your life that we may live, 
And you appoint shepherds after your own heart 
To lead your people by word and example 
To likewise give themselves away in love. 

We thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI,
And for his service to the Church and the world. 

We ask that you now give him a fruitful period 
Of rest and prayer, of gratitude and praise. 
We ask you, Lord Jesus, with the Father, 
To send the Holy Spirit on the Church once again. 

In particular, guide the Cardinals who will shortly exercise 
The obligation and privilege of electing a new Pope. 
Guide their deliberations and decisions 
With divine wisdom and insight. 

Even now, Lord Jesus, give to the new Pope, 
Whom you have already chosen, 
An abundance of holiness and strength, 
To carry out the mission you have entrusted to him.

May your Word reign supreme in his life, 
And may his every word and action point the Church to You, 
The supreme and eternal Shepherd,
And the only mediator between God and humanity, 
For you live and reign forever and ever. Amen. 


Adopt a Cardinal and Pray for Him!

"The Vatican on Friday gave its blessing to a new German website called “Adopt a Cardinal” that is encouraging the faithful to pray for individual cardinals chosen at random by a computer programme."  Read More

"Jugend 2000 (Youth 2000), a Catholic youth group, has sponsored an innovative web page in which you are assigned a particular cardinal (randomly) to pray for before the Conclave, during the Conclave, and for three days after the election."  Read More

Visit www.adoptacardinal.org to sign up & focus your prayer on a particular Cardinal as he partakes in the process of electing the new Pope.

Hudson Guild Theatre Company presents "Frankenstein"

"Frankenstein" is a new version for the stage of the classic horror story by Mary Shelley first published in 1818. This production takes particular inspiration from two imaginative and witty film adaptations, "Frankenstein " (1931) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), both directed by James Whale. HGTC’s adaptation is suitable for ages 6 and older.


The Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, New York NY

Performances:
  • March 22-8:00 pm
  • March 23-2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
  • March 24-3:00 pm
  • March 29-8:00 pm
  • March 30 –2:00 pm & 8:00 pm.

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $5 Children
For Reservations call (212) 760-9817

Catholic Relief Services Annual Collection


“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me” (MT 25.35). Today, we are reminded of Jesus’ call to see him in all those we encounter. “The Catholic Relief Services Collection” sees Jesus in displaced families, those who seek to change unjust laws, and those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance around the globe. How will you help Jesus in disguise? Please be generous in tomorrow’s collection.

2013 Cardinal’s Appeal Pledge Update


As stewards and Disciples of Christ, we recognize that all the goods and riches in our life are gifts from God. Strengthened by the Eucharist, we respond to God’s generosity in our lives with gratitude by using and sharing our gifts in service of others. Please share your gifts and make a gift to the 2013 Cardinal’s Appeal . To date, our parish has received $8,780 in pledges/gifts from 18 families toward the 2013 Cardinal’s Appeal.

Friday, March 8, 2013

e-retreat presentation by Rev. Fr. James Martin, S.J.



You are invited to join the American Bible Society on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm for an e-retreat presentation by Rev. Fr. James Martin, S.J., author and Editor at Large of America, the national Catholic magazine.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.


  • Click here to view the invitation.
  • Click here to register for this event.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lenten Events at St. Columba Church

Thursdays at 7-8 pm, Lenten Reflection Group (English) in the lower level classroom to discuss Sunday readings.

Fridays at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross / Via Crucis (bilingual) will be observed in the chapel.

viernes a las 7 pm, Lectio Divina (español): La Lectio Divina más que un método de lectura y oración de la Biblia, es una experiencia de Dios, pues a partir del conocimiento del texto escrito, se busca la experiencia fundante que está como base de toda la revelación.  


Sunday, March 3, 2013

March 6th Centering Prayer with Fr. Michael Holleran

We are pleased to welcome Fr. Michael Holleran, of Notre Dame Parish in Manhattan a recognized expert in Meditative Prayer to discuss the practice of Centering Prayer. This is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. All are welcome. 

Catholic Relief Services Annual Collection



Next Week, our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection. This collection supports six Catholic agencies that touch more that 100 million lives around the world.

The funds from the collection help provide food to the hungry, welcome and support to displaced refugees, an invaluable life skills to those seeking a better life.

How will you help? Next week, please give generously to The Catholic Relief Services Collection and Jesus in disguise.

2013 Cardinal’s Appeal Pledge Update



As stewards and Disciples of Christ, we recognize that all the goods and riches in our life are gifts from God. Strengthened by the Eucharist, we respond to God’s generosity in our lives with gratitude by using and sharing our gifts in service of others. Please share your gifts and make a gift to the 2013 Cardinal’s Appeal To date our parish has received 7,890 in pledges/gifts toward the 2013 appeal.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lenten events at St. Columba


Thursdays at 7-8 pm 
Lenten Reflection Group (English)
in the lower level classroom to discuss Sunday readings.

Fridays at 6 pm Stations of the Cross / Via Crucis (bilingual)
will be observed in the chapel.

viernes a las 7 pm
Lectio Divina (español)

March 6, 2013 at 7 pm
Centering Prayer  (English)

Click here to view additional information.