November 24, 2019

November Women’s Book Club

book coverAfternoon Book Club  Next meeting will be on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Monsignor Cavanagh Room  All are welcome!  Come and enjoy a wonderful time.  The book is Life and Other Inconveniences By Kristan Higgins

November 24, 2019

Men’s Book Club

Men’s Book Club Next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Monsignor Cavanagh Room
The book is The Fifth Column By Andrew Gross



If you have been baptized, made your 1st Holy Communion and want to serve the Lord, children in the 4th grade and higher are welcome to become an altar server.  PRACTICE is on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15pm and on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30am in the church. Check the bulletin for updates. For additional information, please call the rectory at 718-836-7200 or email:

religious ed

Religious Education Classes September 2019

Students in grades 1 thru 9 should be enrolled in religious instruction each year to obtain a
Catholic education in our faith.
Registration applications can be obtained online at,
under Faith Formation or in the Religious Education Office.

Office Hours: Tuesday: 10:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday: 1:00pm –5:00pm,
Thursday: 10:00am-2:00pm & Sunday: 10:00am-2:00pm.
( Please call prior to your visit.)
718-748-6553 (Schedule subject to change.)
Classes began September 15, 2019
New registrations must supply a baptismal certificate.

November 24, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I have been asked to place some comments in the bulletin about Pope Francis’ recent statement about cremains.

As most know, cremation had been forbidden for centuries because Freemasons in Europe practiced cremation to show their disdain for Catholicism’s belief in the resurrection of the body.

In other parts of the world, cremation was either the custom or, for lack of sufficient burial space, was a necessity. As time went on, cremation did not have the same negative aspects against bodily resurrection as in the past. Therefore, the Church permitted cremation universally.

Pope Francis’ recent statement is simply the repeating of what the Church has been saying: the cremains are to be treated respectfully and are to be either buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. In both these cases, the final placement of the cremains is permanent.

The cremains are not to be scattered, divided among family members in lockets, or kept at home.They are to be treated with the same respect as we would treat the body of a deceased person.

The Catholic Cemeteries Office of our diocese can be of further assistance and the telephone number is: 718-894-4888.

Also, Regina Pacis Church, at 1230 65th Street, has established a columbarium in their former lower church. Their telephone number is: 718-236-0909.

This is also an appropriate time to recommend pre-planning one’s funeral. There are more and more cases of Catholic persons whose relatives do not arrange for the full funeral rites of the Church fortheir loved ones.

It is important to specify that you want a Funeral Mass when you die.

More gifts came for Father Andrew’s church during this past week so now the total to be sent will be $4,758.00. Thank you for your missionary spirit.

Let’s pray for each other.

Msgr. Kevin B. Noone