Catholic Charity

 

Catholic Charities donate food to St. Catherine of Genoa Food Pantry to assist families in need in this time of the Covid19 pandemic.

 

 

Church re-Opens

St. Catherine of Genoa Church welcomes you back to your “Home away from home”.

Instructions for the re-opening of churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop DiMarzio has authorized all parishes in the diocese of Brooklyn and Queens to open for Masses with the people beginning on June 29, 2020. The following guidelines must be followed at St. Catherine of Genoa church:

– One Mass has been added to the regular Sunday schedule to avoid crowding in one particular Mass. The Mass schedule for Sunday is as follows: Saturday: 5:00 PM (English); Sunday: 8:00 AM (English); 9:30 AM (English) NEW; 11:00 AM (English); 1:00 PM (French-Creole); 5:00 PM (Twi).

– The church should be filled at 30% capacity at this time.

– Good hygiene (washing of hands and/or use of hand sanitizer): Automatic hand sanitizer dispenser is placed at the entrance of the Church.

– All parishioners must wear a mask at all times while in the church (except the priest celebrant who should wear the mask only before the distribution of Holy Communion).

– All parishioners must respect the social distance (no more than 3 people in one pew. However, members of the same household (living under the same roof) may sit together.

– Those who receive Holy Communion must receive it in the hand, and not on the tongue.

– When they receive the Holy Communion, they should move aside, lower the mask and consume the Host immediately.

– All ministers (lectors, Eucharistic ministers) must use hand sanitizer before and after the Mass.

– Only one lector per Mass. The lector should not use the ambo, but rather a special lectern set in place.

– Only the priest should use the ambo.

– No altar server is allowed at this time.

– The sacristy is off limit. Only the priest is allowed in the sacristy.

– There should be no procession in and out. The priest should go from the sacristy to the sanctuary to begin Mass. There is no greeting of the people at the door of the church.

– Music ministry should be limited to the organist and a cantor using social distance. The cantor should not sing from the same place from which the lector reads.

– No choir is allowed at this time, as it would be difficult to keep social distance.

– There should be no missals, hymnals or worshipping aid in the church.

– There is no exchange of sign of peace and no holding hands at the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father).

– Priest celebrant, concelebrating priests and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist who distribute communion should not wear gloves, but should wear masks. They should use hand sanitizer before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.

– Parishioners are strongly encouraged to use e-giving services on the parish website for collection.

Please, watch this video about the reopening of churches in the diocese of Brooklyn.

https://vimeo.com/430806908

Thank you!

Fr. Raphael

The Child Lures Prevention Program

The Child Lures Prevention program, which is required to be presented in the Diocese of Brooklyn, empowers children and teens to stay safe from sexual abuse, harassment, abduction, drugs, bullying, and cyberbullying. This is accomplished through:                                                                                                                                                                                 ,

In our mission to keep every child in our diocese safe and empowered, we are asking that all parents and guardians of children and young people who attend a Faith Formation Program, invest some time at the 

two websites listed below.  These websites have been designed, specifically, for you in order that you may be become more familiar with the content of the program, and be better able to review and discuss the various

Child/Teen Lures Prevention topics with your child.  

https://childluresprevention.com/parents/    No password required

https://childluresprevention.com/parent-training-modules/        Password: 4par3nts

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we ‘stay at home, together’.  Keep the faith!

May the peace of our risen Lord, Jesus, the Christ be in your heart and in your home

Today, tomorrow, and always.

The Staff of the Safe Environment Office

safe@diobrook.org

Announcements

Necrology

We regret to inform you of the passing of the following:

  1. Verona Fraser
  2. Ernestina Osei Ntansah (Eucharistic Minister, Ghanaian Apostolate)
  3. Henry Georges (Choir member, Haitian community).
  4. Enid Ashby (English Choir Member, Eucharistic Minister, Rosary Society)

Enid died on April 19, 2020.

  1. John Mensah (Brother-in-law of Mary Koranteng Quashie, Ghanaian Apostolate)
  2. Adolphus Marshall (Father of Jennifer Marshall)

Adolphus died on April 26, 2020.

  1. Akwasi Addai Bonsu (Secretary to the Men’s Fellowship, Ghanaian Apostolate)

Bonsu died on April 27, 2020.

Please, pray for the repose of their souls and the consolation of their families. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

CHURCHES: NEW MANDATES!

Because of the ongoing danger of groups gathering and the possibility of the virus spreading in this way, we are MANDATING churches to remain closed. Some parishes have already found it necessary to do this and, in light of the proximity of our parishes to each other, it is thought best to have a consistent policy in the entire diocese. THIS IS EFFECTIVE AS OF MARCH 20, 2020 at NOON.

 

PASTORAL CONCERNS

Bishop DiMarzio has granted all the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn a dispensation from the law of abstinence for the Fridays of Lent for this year. This is being done to assist people who may have difficulties in shopping for food or other reasons which would make this practice difficult at this time. Please remind parishioners that the Fridays of Lent (and indeed all year) remain days of penance and prayer and that this is needed now more than ever.

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3-18-20

 

As a follow-up to the directive to suspend all Public Masses until further notice, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued a number of additional guidelines, governing the practice of the faith as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, to all parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

To comply with the government recommendation to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, the following has been implemented in the Diocese of Brooklyn effective immediately:

 

PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES

  • There will be no Masses open to the public on Palm Sunday. Priests throughout Brooklyn and Queens will bless palms and will be asked to leave them on tables in the back of the Church for pickup.
  • Reconciliation Monday, a special time devoted to confession at the start of Holy Week, has been canceled.  However, Priests will be available for individual confessions throughout the remainder of the Lenten season and during this period of crisis.
  • 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. Further information will be released at a later date.
  • The Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Good Friday) the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, will not be celebrated publicly. A broadcast schedule of the services with no congregation, to air on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will be announced at a later date.

 

CONFIRMATIONS/FIRST COMMUNIONS

  • All Confirmations and Communions have been postponed until May 15, 2020.

MASS INTENTIONS

  • All intentions will be satisfied in private Masses.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

  • The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be administered to individuals as needed, with Priests visiting those with COVID-19 taking extra precautions.

COMMUNION

  • Priests will try to make Communion calls, adhering to necessary health precautions.

PARISH SERVICES

  • Parish food pantries may remain open, but those in need are asked to contact their specific parish for schedule and procedural updates.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous groups will continue to meet but only with less than 10 people and adhering to the social distancing practice.
  • Churches may remain open for silent adoration but in adherence to capacity guidelines.
  • All parish meetings and parish events will be canceled.
  • Bulletins will be posted on parish websites.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

  • The Diocese of Brooklyn’s administrative offices will be closed to the public due to the Coronavirus beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for an undisclosed amount of time. The diocesan staff will be working remotely. You can reach the Diocese by calling 718-965-7300.

“In the days and weeks ahead, let us ask God to watch over the people of our Diocese and all of His people; those who are sick, those who will fall ill, and those who are caring for them,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

The faithful are urged to watch the celebration of the Eucharist on TV, as well.

The celebrations are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday at 6 pm: Vigil pre-recorded from Immaculate Conception in Jamaica (English)
  • Sunday at 11 am: Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • Sunday at 1:30 pm: Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30) and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.

In light of the continuing crisis, the situation is being monitored carefully and updates will follow. Let us continue to pray, especially through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for those who are sick, for medical personnel and for all people who confront this challenge.

In an effort to be in compliance with the State’s regulations about large public gatherings; Celebrations such as First Penance, etc. may take place but attendance should be strictly limited, perhaps including only family members. In these extremely difficult and challenging times, our primary duty is to keep the faithful safe and healthy.

When gathering, the faithful are urged to take the necessary precautions including hand washing, remaining at a safe distance from others and other safe practices.

See Article Titled Praying at Mass for cautionary guidelines Praying at Mass 

 

SCHOOLS

The elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn will close next week, Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. Monday will be used as a professional day for teachers to develop their distance learning plans. We anticipate that beginning Tuesday, children in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Academies and Schools will have access to online learning.

In addition, the leadership of all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to following CDC guidelines regarding deep cleaning and sanitization of buildings.

This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing situation and after consultation with city and state agencies. Please continue to monitor your Catholic Academy and Parish School websites next week for further updates.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

All in-person parish religious education classes, all youth ministry classes and group meetings (including all CYO activities) and all adult faith formation sessions (including RENEW and other small faith sharing groups) will be cancelled until further notice. As previously stated, all Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis classes, events, workshops, and other gatherings are also canceled during this period.

The health of all the faithful of the Diocese is of utmost concern, so let us continue to pray to the Lord Who is a healer to protect us and bring about quickly an end to this present crisis.

 

Office of the Vicar General

Diocese of Brooklyn

310 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tel: 718.399.5995

Fax: 718.399.5965

INTERCESSION OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER

My dear parishioners,
These are difficult times for our society in general and the Church in particular. Our routines have changed drastically. We are no longer able to gather together for the time being as one community of faith around the table of the Eucharist. But we should not drop our hands. Rather we should keep them raised in prayer, so that the Lord may come to our rescue to put an end to this coronavirus pandemic. Please, know that Fr. Emmanuel and I are constantly praying for you the good people of God. Should you need our assistance or our guidance, please do not hesitate to call the rectory. We are available. I encourage you my parishioners to check on one another over the phone during this crisis, and to pray for one another. We ask the intercession of our Blessed Mother to obtain for us the graces we need at this time. To assist you in your personal prayer, please see below the prayer of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, that you can also use. God bless you always. Be safe.
Fr. Raphael

Prayer of Pope Francis asking for the intercession of our Blessed Mother in this time of trial.
O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the Cross,
united with Jesus’ pain,
keeping your faith firm.
You know what we need,
and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that,
as at Cana of Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
He who took our suffering upon Himself,
and burdened Himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the Cross,
to the joy of Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test —
and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin.

LENTEN PRAYER BREAKFAST

Lenten Prayer Breakfast

Speaker: Rev. Emmanuel N. Conduah

Theme: “Defeating the Goliath in my life.” 1Sam 17: 1-58

Saturday March 14, 2020              9:30am -12:30pm

Donation:$15 adults

$12 children under 11yrs.

Hosted by the English Charismatic Prayer Group of St. Catherine of Genoa. Tickets are available after weekend Masses and at the Rectory. Secure your spot space is limited.

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED. THE PROJECTED ATTENDANCE WILL BE UNDER 200 PERSONS.

LENTEN MISSION

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

LENTEN MISSION

Monday March 16- Thursday March 19, 2020  with

Fr. Trevor Nathasingh

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS VERY NEAR TO YOU. LK 10:10

7;00pm Rosary

7:30pm Praise and worship

the Mission will end with a Mass on Thursday night.

Invite family and friends on this faith journey. All are welcomed.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY

9:00 am Mass with distribution of Ashes

3:00 pm Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Ashes

7:30pm Mass with distribution of Ashes

 

Everyone is welcomed to join us on this Holy day, as we  begin our Lenten journey of faith by observing prayer, fasting and almsgiving throughout the next 40 days.

Lenten regulations for Catholics

  • Abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent (14yrs and older)
  • Fasting on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday (18 to 59yrs). One full meal with two smaller meals if necessary to maintain one’s strength but eating between meals is not permitted.
  • All of the faithful and catechumens should undertake serious practice of the three traditions of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (money and goods).

May your Lent 2020 be a time of reflection and promise. Please take a moment and read Bishop Di Marzio’s  Pastoral Letter for Ash Wednesday Feb 26|

Catholic Education Annual Gala

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

The Board of Directors of St. Catherine of Genoa-St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy will sponsor the first Annual Gala, celebrating Catholic Education, on March 19, 2020 at Russo’s on the Bay (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, NY).

The event will honor Assemblyman Nick Perry and Fr. Karl Davis.

Please support Catholic Education by attending this Gala. For more information or questions: academydevelopmentchair@gmail.com or (732) 844-9980 or visit the St. Catherine of Genoa- St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy’s website to purchase a ticket.

Ticket is $125 per person and includes a three-course dinner and cocktail hour.