I’ve had a number of phone calls, emails, conversations with the faithful. Some have expressed frustration and disappointment with the U.S. bishops. One person seriously thought it was the end of the world. In addition, on the internet—where things are less filtered— comments have been more critical.
Mission Statement: Grateful for God’s Blessings, the Mission of Transfiguration-St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish is to pass on the message of God’s love for each and all within its diverse community.
Visit DynamicParishEvent.us any night from April 3rd – April 12th to experience an event hosted by Dynamic Parish. Dynamic Parish Co-Lead Jack Beers will present on a relevant topic for us all: “Seeking Peace in the Pandemic.”
Visite DynamicParishEvent.us cualquier noche del 3 al 12 de abril para experimentar un evento organizado por la Parroquia Dinámica. El co-líder de la Parroquia Dinámica, Jack Beers, presentará un tema relevante para todos nosotros: “Buscando paz en la pandemia.”
April 3rd – April 12th| 3 de abril – 12 de abril
7:00-7:45 pm & 8:00pm-8:45pm 7:00 -7:45 pm y 8:00-8:45 pm
Thanks to all who have joined us for the live stream liturgies. They’re not the same as being together but, given the circumstances, at least we’re praying together.
Be sure to pay attention to our parish website, Facebook, and these emails – we have some plans for Holy Week to supplement the services that the Bishop will be offering at the Cathedral.
If anyone needs or wants to talk to a priest, one of us is almost always available at the rectory. If we do not answer, rather than leave a message (of course we will respond to messages – they are simply not retrieved very quickly) please call back – we most likely haven’t answered because we were on the phone with someone else.
We want to stay in touch and be of whatever support we can in these confusing days!
Stations of the Cross: click here
(This is a large file and may take time to download; please be patient)
There are a number of methods for praying the Way of the Cross and
a legitimate and holy variety of prayers, meditations and hymns that
may be employed according to the devotion of the Church. This
booklet contains two complete sets of prayers: a version of the well loved
Via Crucis composed by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, and a set of
modern meditations composed by Father Stefano Penna, a priest of
the Diocese of Saskatoon, Canada. The second Way of the Cross
includes a “Fifteenth Station,” a meditation on Christ’s Resurrection,
which should be omitted on Good Friday.
This time without public Masses has created a real hunger—and we know so many of you feel it!… click here to read more
You can still sign up to receive Matthew Kelly’s Lenten reflections* (based on the book “Rediscover the Saints” which we distributed before the pandemic). They will certainly add to the spirit of Holy Week. We have many special Holy Week events planned that we will share with you soon.
*Re-watch or catch up on all the 2020 BEST LENT EVER daily reflections. God sees all the amazing possibilities in your life—and, now, so will you!
Some words of Hope:
In times of uncertainty in our lives, during periods of despair or grief, we can easily become cynical and hardened to hope and to the presence of God in our lives.
We would like to join you in praying for your specific needs.
Please click here to submit your prayer request. Your request will
be added to our Prayer Request Page so that we may keep your request in our prayers.
If you wish to keep your request private, please indicate that in the request
We have been invited to join with St. Adalbert Parishioners to
pray the Rosary at 7:00pm together.
Pope’s special Urbi et Orbi blessing: ‘God turns everything to our good’
Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on Friday to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” click here to read more
Op-Ed: Suspending public Mass is not new
By Fr. Carl Gismondi, FSSP
The Coronavirus is creating unprecedented circumstances; all parish events have been cancelled or postponed.
We will attempt to reschedule these events and new dates will be announced in the bulletin and on our Parish website.
(Please hold on to your Champagne Brunch tickets which will be honored on the date the brunch is rescheduled.)
The Diocese of Brooklyn has closed all churches in Brooklyn and Queens effective Noon today, 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 today 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. Click here to read all the communication from our Diocese regarding the Coronavirus
All Masses are being celebrated privately to protect the health of all involved.
Our priests will privately celebrate Mass for the reserved intentions, as well as for those who are sick due to the Coronavirus. We are also praying for those who are caring for the sick in this difficult time.
⇒⇒Attention CCD Parents/Guardians and RCIA Candidates:
Due to growing concerns over COVID-19, Our School of Religion Classes (CCD) are canceled until further notice.
(Please click here to be directed to our CCD page)
Please note: we have not heard of any confirmed cases within our CCD/RCIA community. This cancellation is being taken as a preventative measure.
Assignments will be posted on our CCD page for your child to complete in lieu of attending class. Assignments will be posted for RCIA Candidates as well.
Please call the rectory at 718-326-2185 if you have any questions or concerns.
God bless & be well,
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.
We have received very specific instructions from the Bishop that palms may not be distributed on Palm Sunday but that they should be preserved and blessed and distributed at a later date. Unfortunately, no means of distribution that could guarantee we would be able to distribute them safely was found. The same will be true for the Holy Water that will be blessed on Easter.
- 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.
The faithful of the diocese are reminded that the Bishop has already issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. The obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy can be fulfilled by maintaining a prayerful attitude and through personal and family prayer. 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 are 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 as we confront this challenge.
Most Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto, DD, VG, VE
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life
310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-399-5900, 718-965-7300
MAGNIFICAT is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. For free access in Spanish, visit and register at www.magnificat.com/gratis.
They are also happy to make available complimentary access to MagnifiKid. Visit www.magnifikid.com/free to view and download each weekly booklet of our colorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6 through 12. While so many children are missing formal religious instruction and are unable to attend Mass, MagnifiKid! can be their special guide, accompanying them through each week as they prepare to attend Mass or watch it at home.
It’s a wonderful way to pray with MAGNIFICAT in union with the Church each Sunday and weekday.
- Annual Student Art Contest “Christ is Risen” Deadline: Monday, April 6 at 5pm
- Secret Prayer Partner Begins February 15/16
- Matthew’s Mission “Memorialize a Missalette” for 2020 Missalettes
- Trip to Croatia and Sordevolo, Italy with Msgr. Calise, August 27 – September 6, 2020
- Praying for Vocations calendar …Please pray for our Brooklyn-Queens Priests and Seminarians
Join the Knights of Lithuania (membership now open to Non-Lithuanian Christians) click here for pictures of KofL President, Dr. Paul Michael Kazas, with Lithuanian Dignitaries
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Dear Parishioner Families,
Our communities and world need leaders with a foundation in their faith and strong moral values. That’s the aim of Catholic education at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy of Queens. Click here to read more…
We are glad to inform you that we offer a wonderful stewardship tool: Online Giving with ParishGiving.org! As a parish that seeks to serve, we wanted to provide you the convenience of being able to give the way you want, whenever you want.
Online Giving offers you the opportunity to make secure, automatic contributions from your bank [or credit card] account to our church.
Online Giving costs you nothing and provides many advantages to you and the parish…click on the Parish Giving logo to register today!
In 2015 we embarked upon a 5-year historic project to provide for the future of our parishes. We are currently active in the Generations of Faith campaign and urge you to participate in this important endeavor.
Transfiguration parish goal is $195,000, and St. Stanislaus Kostas parish goal is $295,000.
For every dollar pledged, 50 cents stays right here in our parish for our own projects.
Please prayerfully consider making a 5-year pledge to this historic campaign, to support our parishes and the Catholic community of Brooklyn and Queens by completing a pledge card.
For questions, or to obtain a pledge card or to schedule an appointment to see Msgr. Calise, please contact the Parish Offices at (718) 326-2236 or (718)326-2185
click the picture above for more information or click here to make your donation.
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