Second Sunday the Messiah which is translated Christ . Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas which is translated Peter. John 1:35-42 of Ordinary ...

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John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, Behold, the Lamb of God. The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Je-sus turned and saw them following him and said to them, What are you looking for? They said to him, Rabbi which translated means Teacher , where are you staying? He said to them, Come, and you will see. So they went and saw where Jesus was stay-ing, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, We have found the Messiah which is translated Christ . Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas which is translated Peter. John 1:35-42 Second Sunday of Ordinary Time January 14, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parish Membership All new families are welcome to the Parish and every family should be properly registered. Registration forms are available at the Rectory. Use of the electronic giving (Faith Direct) or envelope system is required if statement of contribution is sought for tax purposes. All parishioners should use either one of the donation forms. If you move or change your address, please notify the Rectory by mail. Sacrament of Baptism First Sunday of each month at 1:30 PM only. Parents should make ar-rangements by calling the Rectory no later than 2 weeks before Baptism. Parents must attend the Baptism instructions before Baptism Sacrament of Matrimony Time available: Saturday 11 AM3 PM and Sunday 2:30 PM3 PM. Couples must make arrangements six months prior to the selected date of their marriage and fully participate in the Pre-Cana program. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) It is the process for adults wishing to become Catholic, complete their sac-ramental initiation, or attain full membership in the Church. For further information, please contact Mrs. Janine Kramer. Liturgies Weekend Masses Saturday Vigil at 5:00. Sundays at 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM & 5 PM For the actual schedule of liturgies of the week check the Mass Intentions section on the last page of the Bulletin. Weekday Masses Monday thru Saturday at 8:30 AM Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays 44:30 PM Holy Days and Special Liturgies Mass schedules for holy days are printed on Sundays before the feasts and solemnities occur. For advance information, please call the Rectory Office. Devotions Miraculous Medal Novena: Mondays after 8:30 AM Mass Rosary: Weekdays before 8:30 AM Mass Parish Directory Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman PASTOR Rev. Mark C. Bristol PAROCHIAL VICAR Deacon Vincent Lino ASSOCIATE STAFF MEMBER Rev. Msgr. George J. Ryan PASTOR EMERITUS Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cantley, S.T.D. PASTOR EMERITUS Rev. Anthony Rucando IN RESIDENCE Rectory Office Hours & Staff Monday to Friday 9:15 AM to 8 PM Saturday 9:15 AM to 1 PM Mrs. Betty Harris Mrs. Ann Larkin SECRETARY ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR Faith Formation & CCD Office PHONE (718) 225-5191 EMAIL Mrs. Janine Kramer DIRECTOR Music Ministry Mrs. Stephanie Larkin DIRECTOR Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy 45-11 245th Street (Rev. John J. Gribbon Way) Douglaston, NY 11362-1134 PHONES (718) 631-3153 (718) 631-3155 WEB SITE EMAIL Mrs. Miriam Bonici PRINCIPAL Established 1915 Parish Mission Statement To Proclaim the good news of Christ's love through our active involvement, as a Par-ish community, in works of Charity, Faith, Worship and Justice. All are welcome! NO MATTER what your present status is in the Catholic Church; NO MATTER your family situation; NO MATTER where you are in the practice of faith; NO MATTER what your personal history, age, background; NO MATTER what your self-image may be; YOU are invited, welcomed, respected & loved at St. Anastasia 45-14 245th St. (Rev. John J. Gribbon Way) Douglaston, NY 11362-1135 PHONE (718) 631-4454 FAX (718) 631-1774 WEB SITE EMAIL Second Sunday of Ordinary Time January 14, 2018 USCCB President Calls for Courage and Commit-ment on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018-01-10 WASHINGTON The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows: "In recent yearsincluding last summer in Char-lottesvillewe have glimpsed an appalling truth that lurks beneath the surface of our culture. Even with all the pro-gress our country has made on the issue, racism remains a living reality. As our nation celebrates the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are given an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached, that the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith. Our challenge is to bring Dr. King's message into the pre-sent moment in a way that inspires lasting change. In a pivotal 1958 essay, he wrote that: 'Along the way of life, someone must have the sense enough and the morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.' Breaking the chain of hate requires both courage and com-mitment. Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary and the first African-American sister to march with Dr. King in Selma, exemplified these qualities. She told those gathered that: 'I'm here because I'm a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness.' Sister Anto-na passed away on November 11 last year at the age of 93. She remained a bold and dedicated champion of civil rights throughout her lifetime, and her witness should inspire our own. We pray in confidence that Jesus Christ will remind us all that he is the most powerful means to break the chains of hate that still bind too many hearts, a truth which lies at the center of Dr. King's legacy." USCCB racism resources and information about the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism can be found at: Marian Healing Ministry St. Anastasia Church 45-14 245th Street Douglaston, N.Y. 11362 Healing Mass Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:00 PM Rosary, Mass and Healing Service For information, call (718) 631-4454. Bible Study Classes with Msgr. Ryan The Bible Study Theme for this year is "The Apostle Peter in the New Testa-ment". The New Testament Books we will look at in the New Year are: a) The Fourth Gospel i.e. the Gospel of John, which has an implicit and interest-ing one-upmanship between Peter and the Beloved Disci-ple. b) The Acts of the Apostles where after the Ascension of Jesus, Peter becomes the leading Apostle, the pioneer mis-sionary and the chief public speaker. Sessions will take place on February 5, 12, 26 and March 5, 12, 19. They take place in the Parish Center in the afternoon from 1:15 - 2:30 and in the evening from 7:30 - 9:00. ALL ARE WELCOME Pilgrimage for Veterans to Lourdes, France Father Bristol will be leading a pilgrimage for US military veterans to Lourdes, France, May 15-18, 2018. This is an-nual international pilgrimage sponsored by the Archdio-cese for the Military Services, USA and the Knights of Co-lumbus for military personnel and their wounded to travel the Marian shrine for a time of rest, prayer and healing. If you are interested please contact Father Bristol at the rec-tory and visit for an applica-tion and full itinerary. Applications are due January 15, 2018. Presenter: Msgr. George Ryan Saint Anastasia Parish Douglaston/Little Neck, New York Second Sunday of Ordinary Time January 14, 2018 Reflections Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton In the Battery Park area of Manhattan, near New York Harbor, sits a historic house. From its colonnaded front porch a contented young married woman, Elizabeth Bayley Se-ton, could enjoy the bustle of the city. Eliza-beth had grown up in New York; she was a toddler when the Revolutionary War broke out. Her father was a surgeon and anatomy professor at what is now Columbia Universi-ty. Her mother was from a prominent Epis-copalian family. Elizabeths husband William represented his fathers ship merchant business. They had five children: Anna, William, Richard, Catherine and Rebecca. In the midst of this busy life, she found time to work with the poor. She even estab-lished a charity, the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children. Then William developed health problems, complicated by worry about business reversals. Seeking a cure for him, the couple traveled to Italy, where he died. Throughout their difficult stay, they had been treated with great kindness by a Catholic family. Elizabeth was deeply touched by this and found herself drawn to Catholicism. She was received into the Catholic faith on her return to the United States. However, this was a time of strong anti Catholic feeling. As a result of her decision her wealthy family (and many of her friends) cut all ties with her. Now she herself was a poor widow with small children. Fortunately, a priest invited her to begin a school for girls in Baltimore. This was the first Catholic school in the Unit-ed States. In 1809, with a small group of other dedicated women, she established a house in Emmitsburg, Mary-land. There she formed a religious community, the Sisters of Charity. It was the first congregation founded in the United States. The order grew rapidly, serving hospitals and orphanages, but was most involved with building the Catholic educational system. Elizabeth herself trained teachers and wrote textbooks. She also worked with the poor, nursed the sick and composed hymns and spiritual reflections. She died while still in her forties, having ac-complished an extraordinary amount in her short lifetime (17741821). She was wife, mother, widow, educator and founder. Elizabeth is the first native born American saint. She is buried in the Basilica of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Em-mitsburg. The Roman Catholic church remembers her each year on January 4. Copyright 2001 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Train-ing Publications, 1800 North Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 1101; 1 800 933 1800; Text by Mary Ellen Hynes. Art by Steve Erspamer, SM. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Bishop DiMarzios Prayer for Vocations Lord of the Harvest, we peti-tion you as you have instruct-ed us to ask for more labor-ers to serve in the vineyard of Your Church. You have told us that the harvest is rich and laborers are few and we ex-perience this great need in the face of the challenge of the New Evangelization. We ask the Holy Spirit to inspire young men and women to seriously consider vocations to the priesthood and reli-gious life. Help all of us to be effective instruments to en-courage and support those whom you are calling to serve and lead the Church of Brooklyn and Queens in the future. Lord, you told the Apostles to put out into the deep. We ask for the grace and courage to accept your call as we pray and work for an increase in vocations to the priest-hood, diaconate and religious life. We ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest, Amen. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Easy English Classes Resume Would you or someone you know like to become more comfortable speaking Eng-lish? Do you want to lose your accent, increase your vocab-ulary, improve your pronun-ciation or simply practice speaking in English? You can do all of that in a friendly, relaxed setting. Classes are held each Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 pm right here at the Saint Anastasia Parish Center at the corner of Northern Boulevard and 245th St. (Rev. John J. Gribbon Way). Sessions are one and a half hours long. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. If you have any questions, you can call the office at (718) 631-4454. Classes for Easy English will resume on Wednesday, Janu-ary 10, 2018. Saint Anastasia Parish Douglaston/Little Neck, New York 2018-01-06 BY ROBIN GOMES Pope Francis on Saturday held out the Magi as models, urging Christians to dare and look up to the star and set out, shaking off their comforts, to give freely and do good to the least of the brothers and sisters of Jesus. The Popes exhortation came in his homily at a morning Mass in Romes St. Peters Basilica on the solemn feast of the Epiphany. The Jan. 6th feast of the Epiphany, a holiday in the Vatican and Italy, commemorates the visit of the ?Three Magi, or Wise Men from the East, who followed a star to find the Baby Jesus ?in Bethle-hem, an ?event that symbolizes the manifestation of God, made man, to the people of the world out-side the ?chosen ?people of Israel. Delivering his homily in Italian, Pope Francis focused on three actions of the Magi - they see the star, they set out and they bring gifts. The star of Jesus gently invites The Pope explained that for the Magi everything began by raising their eyes to heaven to see the star - the star of Jesus which the Pope said, does not dazzle or overwhelm, but gen-tly invites. There are other brighter stars such as success, money, career, honours and pleasures that do not point the way. Like meteors they blaze momentarily and fade, but the Lords star, the Holy Father said, does not ?promise materi-al reward, but ensures peace and grants joy. Shake off worldly comforts Just as the Magi set out on their journey after seeing the star, the Pope said, the star of Jesus demands that those who seek Him leave behind the armchair of worldly comforts and the reassuring warmth of hearth and home. In other words, he said, if we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our self-satisfaction and our indolent re-fusal to ask anything more of life. The Pope acknowledged this is not easy, just as the Magi came across Herod and the priests and scribes who were all afraid of the new things that God was bringing about. Chris-tians too can fall into the temptation of the priests and scribes who talk much about faith but take no personal risk or pray, complain but do no good. On the contrary, the Pope said, the Magi talk little and journey much. Giving freely Finally, the Magi do as Jesus does: they bring costly gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. The Pope said the Gospel becomes real when the journey of life ends in giving. To give freely, for the Lords sake, without expecting anything in return is the sure sign that we have found Jesus, the Pope said. Giv-ing freely, the Pope further explained, means to do good without counting the cost, even when unasked, even when you gain nothing thereby, even if it is unpleasant. The Pope said that Jesus asks us to offer something for the least of His brothers and sisters, who have nothing to give in return - the needy, the hungry, the stranger, the prisoner, the poor. He said, We give a gift pleasing to Jesus when we care for a sick person, spend time with a difficult person, help someone for the sake of helping, or forgive someone who has hurt us. If we only love those who love us, we do as the pagans, the Pope said, and concluded urging Christians to try to think of some free gift that we can give without expecting anything in return. Pope on Epiphany: Look up to Jesus, Dare to Set out and Give Freely In the simplicity of the nativity scene we encoun-ter and contemplate the tenderness of God which reveals itself in the Baby Jesus. @PONTIFEX Second Sunday of Ordinary Time January 14, 2018 Saint Anastasia Parish Douglaston/Little Neck, New York Second Sunday of Ordinary Time January 14, 2018 Saint Anastasia Parish Douglaston/Little Neck, New York Womens Retreat Saturday, February 3, 2018, at American Martyrs Church, Sullivan Hall. Women Spirit .Graces Galore. Presenter: Sr. Ave Clark, O.P. Call to register: (718) 428-2471. 9:30-11:45 AM. Mini Brunch. American Martyrs Church, Bell Boulevard, Bayside, N.Y. Registration for Camps Fatima and Bernadette, NH Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are now ac-cepting registrations for the 2018 summer season. The camps, locate in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire offer 2-week overnight ses-sions for children, ages 6-15. Round trip bus transportation is avail-able out of Long Island. For more information or to request a bro-chure, contact Brendan Stackhouse at (603) 364-5851 or email brendan@ or visit and register online at Daughters of Divine Charity Programs Please check the website for a listing of the Spring programs and retreats beginning in January 2018 On Saturday of this week there will be Eucharistic Adoration from 12:00 Noon 3:00 PM Please join us for some quiet prayer and ben-ediction. Daughters of Divine Charity, St. Joseph Retreat Center. 850 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, N.Y, 10305. (718) 720-1097 St. Aloysius Sociables Wednesday Monthly Luncheon, 12:30 P.M., January 24th, 2018, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables at Union Restaurant, 661 Northern Blvd., Great Neck. Cost: Price of your meal. Please call John Hyland ( 516) 482-3795 for reservations. A Retreat for Teachers February 16 - 18, 2018 Marianist Family Retreat Center Cape May Point, NJ 08212 This retreat, intended for educators of all levels, will provide time to recharge through prayer, reflection and sharing. This weekend will be led by educators and will offer opportunities to be spiritually renewed for the road ahead. Our time will include daily Eucharist, prayer services, individual and group reflection time, and free time to experience the wonders of the beach in winter! Cost: $135 per person, double occ. Register at: or call(609) 884-3829. Lenten Pilgrimage Join us on a Diocesan Lenten Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico. Fr. Jorge Ortiz, Spiritual Director. March 2-8th, 2018. For a brochure Contact Regina Tours, Lucille, 888-Catholic x208. Diocesan Pilgrimage office, Diocese of Brook-lyn, 26-15 154th Street, Flushing, N.Y. 11354. (718) 965-7313 email: Diocesan Pilgrimage Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ireland and attendance at the 9th World meeting of Families. August 19th-27th, 2018. Sponsored by: The Pilgrimage office, and The Office of Family Life School of Evangeli-zation. Bishop Massa Spiritual Director and Mass with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. For a brochure call Peters way Travel (516) 605-1551. Community Happenings St. Anastasia Parish WANDERING CATHOLICS WONDERING CATHOLICS CULTURAL CATHOLICS MIXED MARRIAGE CATHOLICS MIXED-UP CATHOLICS NON-CATHOLICS CREATIVE CATHOLICS PASSIONATE CATHOLICS POLITICIAN CATHOLICS INTERRACIAL CATHOLICS SEARCHING CATHOLICS OBSERVANT CATHOLICS ARTISTIC CATHOLICS PALMS, ASHES CHRISTMAS, EASTER CATHOLICS SPIRITUAL CATHOLICS BAPTIZED ONLY CATHOLICS Come and join us each Sunday for worship. Come and Join us for Christmas and feel welcome to be with us to pray together every week!!! We need you we need each other! Check Mass hours at or call 718-631-4454. Mass Intentions Saturday Vigil, January 13, 2018 5:00 PM T. J. Veith and Joseph Angelina Locetta Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:00 AM For the People of St. Anastasia Parish 10:00 AM Royce Mulholland Antonio Pepe 12:00 Noon Carole La Pointe Kue wai Eng 5:00 PM For the People of St. Anastasia Parish Monday 8:30 AM Royce Mulholland Carmela Cascio Tuesday 8:30 AM Jenny Cifelli Andrew Deixler Wednesday 8:30 AM Ann Ferguson Marion Cerulli Thursday 8:30 AM Raj Family Fr. Maxi Friday 8:30 AM Michael and Sophia Scarapicchia Yolanda Cunchnatta Saturday 8:30 AM Dolores Heintz Bubany and Filipas Family Saturday Vigil, January 20, 2018 5:00 PM Lauriano Zorrilla Brian P. Romano Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:00 AM Cecil Chu Christine Ciafa Guarino 10:00 AM Celinda Vente Matteo and Margaret Cigliano 12:00 Noon Mary Jane McCormick Rosa and Joseph Colasuonno 5:00 PM For the People of St. Anastasia Parish St. Anastasia Parish Registration We welcome visitors who have joined us today. If you wish to join our faith community, please fill out this form and place in collec-tion basket during Mass or drop it off at the Rectory. Name Address Phone Email .... Bread & Wine Memorial In Memory of James and Christopher McGrath January 14 20, 2018 Prayer Intentions Please remember in your prayers our brothers and sisters who are sick and all those who have died, especially: Robert Rossi, Sr. Marion Turello Frank L. Mazzola Ernestine Engler Holy Father's Prayer Intentions January 2018 Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom. Stewardship Comparison of collection and attendance numbers from the past two years to the present: Week of 1/7/2018 1/8/2017 1/10/2016 Collection $9,341 $12,164 $9,525 Attendance 668 734 837 We Are Very Grateful for Your Parish Support Please give electronically through Faith Direct! Enroll at w w w . f ai t hd ir ec t . n et . 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