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Bambinelli Blessing and Christmas Craft Activity-Dec. 14th

Our Lady of Angels invites children with their families to join us for the blessing of the Bambinelli. You are invited to bring your own Baby Jesus and/or we will provide you with one to be blessed and taken home.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 5:00pm Mass
Where: Our Lady of Angels Church

Children and their families are also invited to make a Christmas craft and birthday card for Jesus in the school cafeteria after the 5:00 pm Mass or after the tree lighting.  All materials will be provided.  Children’s crafts will be placed on a special tree in the back of the church. Children will place their cards in the Intentions Basket and they will be brought up to the altar at the Christmas masses. Come Children and Say Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas!

If you have questions:  Anne: 646-734-7240       Paula: 917-863-8279

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Advent Giving Trees – Please return by Dec. 15th

Once again, for the twentieth year, we will be participating in the Advent Giving Trees. The trees will go up the first weekend of Advent, November 30th. There is no doubt the people of Our Lady of Angels respond generously to every request made. St Joseph’s home, Catholic Charities, Our Lady of the Presentation and Our Lady of Angels Spanish Group will be the recipients of your kindness.

Every year these groups await our gifts to make Christmas and Three Kings so special. Thank you for this. Please take a tag or two from a tree and return the gifts with the tag attached, to O.L.A. by Sunday, December 15th. 
May God bless you always.

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ALTAR SERVER: A JOB SO BIG ONLY A KID CAN DO IT

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: olaaltarserver@gmail.com

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Religious Education Classes

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 on our website, under Faith Formation, in the Religious Education Office or by clicking here.  

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.)

New registrations must supply a baptismal certificate.

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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