Finance Committee Corner
Last Sunday $8,437 was received in the offertory
baskets at Mass and $3,857.4 was received through Parish Pay, for a total of $12,294.4. Our average weekly operating budget is $15,000. Thank you for so generously giving to our regular collection. Thank you.
Our Lenten journey toward Easter has begun. As we know, the Church encourages us to embrace a spirit of repentance and conversion during these forty days so that, relying on the mercy of God, we may be filled with a greater sense of thanks and praise for the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Prayer, fasting from some goods or activities, and almsgiving are the primary ways we are encouraged to grow closer to God and one another during this time.
The Fridays throughout Lent are days of
, which prohibits those 14 and older to eat meat. Those not specifically obliged to abstain and fast are encouraged to join in this discipline to the extent that they are able
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of
abstinence and fasting
, which "requires that only one full meal be taken per day. Two other smaller meals may be taken during the day to maintain physical strength, but these two meals together should not equal a full meal in quantity. Fasting obliges all who have reached the age of 18 and continues to oblige until age 59. Those not specifically obliged to fast are encouraged to join in this discipline to the extent that they are able.”
CRS RICE BOWL: JOIN OUR PARISH COMMUNITY
— and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States — in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. CRS Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action Lenten program for families, individuals and faith communities with family activities, meatless meals, prayers and reflections. Rice Bowl invites Catholics to live in solidarity with our most vulnerable brothers and sisters through the Lenten pillars of Prayer,
Fasting and Almsgiving.
Using the cardboard Rice Bowl is a familiar reminder to collect the money you save from what you give up for Lent.
Please pick up a Rice Bowl
with a Lenten calendar and a flyer for more information at the church entrance.
What you give up for Lent changes lives.
School of the Blessed Sacrament's 2017 online auction is LIVE!! Visit
The online auction is open until March 8th at 10:30 PM. Don't wait and miss out on the chance to BID on some great items including a Joanne Trattoria $250 gift certificate with a signed cookbook, a $250 gift certificate and personal shopping experience at Saks, Walt Disney World Park Hopper tickets and many more!!!
HOSPITALITY SUNDAY 2017
Please mark your calendars for Hospitality Sundays 2017
Coffee Hour will be held in the Rectory after the morning Masses and Spirit Sunday will be held in the Church Hall after the evening Mass. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with your fellow parishioners.
March 26; April 30; June 4; September 10; October 1; November 5; December 3, 2017.
CLIMATE CHANGE FILM SERIES – March 8th 7PM !
Please join us for a screening of
“The Wisdom to Survive”
followed by a
discussion with filmmaker JOHN ANKELE in
the Blessed Sacrament Hall, Wednesday, March 8
All Welcome – Bring a friend! This special screening is hosted jointly by the Social Action Committees of Blessed Sacrament & Holy Name-St. Gregory’s.
LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPERS
Please join us during any or all of the Tuesdays of Lent: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 and 4/4 for our Lenten Simple Suppers. Prayers and meditation begin at 7PM in the rectory, followed by a meal of soup and salad…and fellowship. The suppers are a wonderful way to not only deepen one’s Lenten experience, but also to be able to reflect in a very comfortable and quiet setting with fellow parishioners. For more information, please call John Gasdaska at 646-345-7350. We look forward to seeing you then.