Alpine Europe with
The Passion Play of Oberammergau
May 16-26, 2020
visiting: Heidelberg • Rhine Valley • Lucerne • Innsbruck • Salzburg Altötting • Marktl Am Inn • Munich • Rothenburg
Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
$3,959 per person from New York
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The Gospel on this Sunday after Easter is the story of Thomas saying that he wouldn’t believe that Jesus had appeared to the other disciples unless he saw the marks on Jesus’ crucified body. We know that “seeing” can often lead to “believing.” Jesus is amazing and appears for a second time when Thomas is there. He shows Thomas his wounded body and it is enough for Thomas to say, “My Lord and My God!” Doubting is normal even when it comes to faith. Doubt can lead to a clearer understanding of what we believe and help us be stronger in our belief. There is so much in our culture today that can heighten our doubting, but as Christians it is good to look for those experiences, those people, and those events that deepen our belief. They are there. Be aware of them as you go through this week.
This is the eighth day in the Octave of Easter. Our newly baptized will be wearing their white baptismal robes at the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass. We are blessed to have seven new members of our faith community and 13 members who completed their sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Congratulations! They will be continuing the Rite of Initiation in a period known as “mystagogia” during the month of May. Our next RCIA will begin in September, but if people are interested in knowing more about the program, contact Joe Nuzzi here at the church 212-736-8500 or email@example.com. The program is for those who have not been baptized or those who were never confirmed.
Join us for the Via Lucis, the Stations of the Resurrection, every Friday after the 12:30 and 5:30 Masses during the Easter season. This is an inspiring, prayerful experience of the events after Jesus’ Resurrection.
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
The flowers and plants that decorate our church at Easter are a sign of our joy in the Resurrection of Christ and our hope in the resurrection of those who have gone before us.
They have been donated in memory of:
James Edward Ahearn
Inang at Amang
Vilma Arthur & the Luscombe Family
Bernadette Jean Augustin
Jerome Abellard Augustin
Marion R. & Frank T. Burns
Joan and George Call
Genara Henandez Castro
Orlo R. Clark
Eileen Patricia Collins
Michael & Mary Cosie
Bertha & Charles Degnan
Danilo T. Diaz
Amelia Diaz Manaog
Tom & Tereasa Dolan
Cecilia Astorga Ferraro
Peter, Joanna, Joan, Sheila & Mary Foley
Luisa Lorna Z. Gatchalian
Jose Padilla Genito
Jane R. & Charles Janiak
Karen Lynn Kemp
Mr. & Mrs. George E. Kemp III
Monika and Rainer Klier
Marjorie & David Kraniak
Mitchell J. Krask
Sr. Jo Laurienzo, SND
Lydia & Charles Lawrence
Le, Kane & McCarthy Families
Angela Clyde Lee & Family
Marciano, Jacela, Cirilo & Josephina Lopez
Claudia M. Louis
Bernice F. McCray
Thomas (Al) McCready
Holly Jean McCready
Kam Wong McCready
McGee & Schneider Families
Annelore and Peter Mitchell
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel O’Brien
Onesefedo & Marcelina Pacina
Mary & Bob Paddock
Robert & Frances Pouzar
Michael F. Reilly Sr.
Eric A. Rivera
Jessie Q. & Alfred Sotto
Mr. & Mrs. Chee Tam
Marion & Eugene Thomas
Ruth & Larry Thorne
Cezar Augusto Umadac
Venditti & Rodriguez Families
Carmen & Fernando Virola
Julian, Lourdes, Ben & Ann Young
May & Wilfred
Elle & Sr. Consuela
For the Special Intentions of:
Carla Ann Roudette Brown
Sedfrey & Kathleen
The Paschal Candle and Easter flowers
have been donated for the special intentions of
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A Blessed and Happy Easter!
We hear these words in today’s Gospel: “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark and saw the stone removed from the tomb.” After experiencing the torture and crucifixion of Jesus and having her heart broken through it all, now the tomb was empty. St. John often puts in phrases that we can easily overlook; the phrase that I am referring to is “it was dark.” St. John uses this to show not just the darkness of the night, but the “darkness” in the followers of Christ because of His death. Their faith and hope in Jesus was gone… or was it? His resurrection reassures us that even though there is often “darkness” in our lives, it is the Lord who strengthens and enlivens our hope. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”
Congratulations to our Elect who have been baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist. Congratulations to our candidates for completing their initiation into the church. You are an inspiration to us and we are happy that you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Congratulations to Joe Nuzzi and the RCIA Team for journeying with this group since September. It is always a great joy for me to preside at the Easter Vigil and celebrate the Easter sacraments with these brothers and sisters. May the Lord continue to bless and guide you!
Thank you to Fr. Timothy Shreenan, Director of Liturgy; Edward Trochimczuk, Director of Volunteer Ministries; and Meredith Augustin, Director of Music. A special thanks to all the cantors, organists, choir, musicians, altar servers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and ministers of hospitality who were so helpful throughout the Triduum. You are a blessing to us!
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
The Easter collection makes up an important portion of our annual budget at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Our annual operating budget is about $3,300,000.
This is what it costs to provide the beautiful liturgies by which we worship God, the programs to teach the Gospel to converts and to Catholics seeking to deepen their knowledge of the faith, to be able to provide access to the sacrament of Reconciliation each day as well as the many daily and weekend Masses we offer. This budget also helps us reach out to the poor and those in need through our Migrant Center, Counseling Center and Spiritual Direction. This all comes with costs for security, utilities and the maintenance of our buildings which are over 100 years old.
We pay our bills solely through the generosity of our parishioners and visitors who contribute to this important sanctuary in the heart of New York City.
You can help by making a special offering for Easter.
Thank you and God Bless you at this most sacred time of year.
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion • April 14
Saturday Vigil Masses (April 13): 4:00 and 5:15 PM Sunday Masses: 8:00, 9:15 (Korean), 9:30 (Lower Church), 11:00 AM, 12:30, 5:00, and 6:15 PM
Confessions: 8:30 to 9:30 AM; 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week
Confessions: 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM; 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Holy Thursday • April 18
Masses: 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Washing of the Feet and Procession to the Repository: 6:00 PM
Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Korean): 8:00 PM
Confessions: 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Good Friday • April 19
Morning Prayer (Lower Church): 8:30 AM
The Seven Last Words: 12:00 Noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3:00 PM
Stations of the Cross, A Scriptural Journey: 5:30 PM
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Korean): 8:00 PM
Confessions: 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Holy Saturday • April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter: 6:30 PM
The Upper Church will remain closed until 6:00 PM.
There are no Saturday afternoon Vigil Masses.
The Great Vigil of Easter (Korean): 9:00 PM
There will be no confessions on Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday • April 21
Masses: 8:00, 9:15 (Korean), 9:30 (Lower Church), 11:00 AM, 12:30 & 5:00 PM
There will be no 6:15 PM Mass and no confessions on Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday • April 22
Mass at 11:30 AM only
There are no confessions on Easter Monday and the church offices and adult education center are closed.
Note: All Masses are in the upper church unless specified; all Confessions are in the lower church.
Also Note: The 32nd street door will be EXIT ONLY while Holy Week services are in progress. Once the service begins everyone must enter from 31st street. The elevator is for handicapped only.
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