Special Prayers Shared by the Pastor…

A Prayer for Putting on a Face Mask

Creator God, as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacramental nature of wearing
this cloth. Let it be a tangible and visible way of
living love for my neighbors, as I love myself.

Christ Jesus, since my lips will be covered, uncover
my heart, that people would see my smile in the
crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be
muffled, help me to speak clearly, not only with my
words but with my actions.

Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears, remind
me to listen carefully and caringly to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner,
and may each breath that it holds, be filled with
Your love. In Your name and in that love, I pray. Amen.
(Written by Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada)

 

Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

We give You thanks and praise,
O God of times and seasons,
but especially during these difficult times
when disease and death have
threatened the whole world with suffering.

Though separated from one another
You remain near to all.
While uncertain as to what
the future may bring
we find comfort in knowing
You hold all things in Your hand.

Mat this be a time of purification
and penance that we might
number our days aright and
find wisdom to walk in Your ways.
Grant that we never again take
our life, health, breath, food or freedom for granted.
Bless us through our friends and families
and may this food and Your grace give us
strength and courage to follow
You more faithfully through Christ Our Lord. Amen


(Written by Fr. Joseph Veneroso, M.M.)

Advent 2020

ADVENT 2020

There are several sources to help observe the 26 days of Advent online and in book form. You can sign up to receive a daily message from the first Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 through Christmas.You can receive the daily messages by going to the websites below:

The Year in Our Church from Loyola Press
Best Advent Ever from Dynamic Catholic
Bishop Barron Advent Reflections 2020

Also, you can receive a free copy of the Advent
Gospel Reflections Book from Bishop Barron by going to bishopbarronbooks.com/adventgospel-reflection-books-2020.
(You would be responsible for covering shipping and handling)

GIVING TREE

Unfortunately, our Giving Tree process will look and feel a little different this year due to COVID concerns. We will not be able to select desired gifts for individuals as we have done in the past. Instead we will be collecting gift cards which can be in any amount but not greater than $25. Suggestions for the cards are Target, Kohls, Amazon, CVS,Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, etc.

Please return the gift cards by December 6th so we can distribute them to the different organizations. Place cards in an envelope marked GIVING TREE and drop them off in the collection baskets in church, the Rectory mail slot or mail them to:

Sacred Heart Giving Tree
215-35 38th Avenue
Bayside, N. Y. 11361

Any questions, please contact the
Religious Education Office at 718-631-1307
Thank you for your continued support of this program.

 

From the desk of Sr. Kathleen…

Welcome to a new way of communicating with one another. Please God you and your families are well and dealing with the NEW NORMAL.

Even though the City has been on PAUSE for months, many of us here at Sacred Heart have not. Soon after the sheltering in place notice came, I discovered ZOOM as an avenue of communication and planning. And so I hope you will be pleasantly surprised with all we have accomplished.

Our WELLNESS series with motivational speaker Barbara Speedling has continued these past few months.  Monthly ZOOM invites have been sent via email to those whose emails we have. If you are interested in attending, please send me your name and email address or call me at 718-224-5695.

SACRED HEART WELLNESS SERIES
(Click here to download a copy of the Wellness series information.)

November Special Edition – Medicaid and Medicare
November 17th and November 19th at 2:30 PM

Session Summary:

We are excited to offer a two-part series this month to further explore Medicare and Medicaid. Join us on November 17th as we welcome back Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq., who will expand on her October conversation and discuss Medicaid in greater detail.

On November 19th, Gracemarie Horan-Luce, CEO of Senior Health Plan Specialists, Inc., will join us to talk in depth about Medicare. With the annual open enrollment period (October 15 – December 7) upon us, this timely conversation will help you make informed decisions about your health care needs.

More about our guest speakers:

 November 17, 2020 at 2:30 PM
Guest Speaker: Melissa Negrin-Wiener

Melissa Negrin-Wiener is a partner at Genser Cona Elder Law. Ms. Negrin-Wiener manages the Government Benefits Department, concentrating her practice in the areas of asset protection, Medicaid eligibility planning, estate planning, special needs planning, mediation, guardianships and Veteran benefits. She supervises the preparation of Medicaid Applications for nursing home care, home health care and community benefits, resolves complex Medicaid issues and represents families facing a reduction in Medicaid home care hours and services.

November 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM
Guest Speaker: Gracemarie Horan-Luce

Known to many people as “The Medicare Whisperer”, Gracemarie Horan-Luce is CEO of Senior Health Plan Specialists, Inc., an agency specializing in the health plan, supplement and insurance market. She is a long-time insurance professional well versed in the nuances of the marketplace. Years of experience serving the population of the New York Metropolitan area has enabled her to quickly understand and address the needs and concerns of most families. Gracemarie has always treated her clients as family and is proud to be able to provide them with viable and cost-effective solutions to their health plan and insurance needs!

To register, please email Sister Kathleen at siskate913@verizon.net
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To see what else is happening, go to ABOUT US and a list of ministries will drop down.

Click on any of them to see what is new.

  • Bereavement
  • Justice & Peace
  • Laudato Si – Environmental Committee
  • Leisure Club
  • Prayer Shawl
  • Social Action Committee

Under LITURGICAL MINISTRY, do check out

  • CLOW: Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Under GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR FAITH, click on

  • Spirituality

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Holy Hour at Sacred Heart Church

O Sacrament Most Holy,

O Sacrament Divine,

All praise and all thanksgiving

Be every moment Thine!

 

Starting Thursday, October 8th and every Thursday after that, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish will livestream a Holy Hour- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. The Rosary will be prayed during the Holy Hour each week.

Please join us in adoration of Our Lord and in prayer.

You can connect to the livestream by going to Sacred Heart of Jesus webpage and click on the link that says Watch Mass Stream.

Annual Catholic Appeal Information

Many thanks to those who have participated in the Annual Catholic Appeal. I am overwhelmed that,  even in the midst of the pandemic, your generosity to the ACA and the parish continues.
If you have not yet pledged to the ACA 2020 you may do so on the weekend of October 3-4 if you are attending Mass. If you are still participating via live stream you may make your gift online at annualcatholicappeal.org or by texting ACA to 917-336-1255. You may also call 718-965-7375, ext.1602 and have a pledge card mailed to your home.  Our goal is $96,794.00 and we have already received pledges totaling over $80,000.00. As always everything we collect over goal comes back to the parish in full. Thank you again and may God reward you for your generosity!
Msgr. Machalski

Msgr. Machalski shares a prayer…

This prayer was written by Laura Kelly Fanucci and
Msgr. would like to share it with all of you.

When This Is Over

When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
a handshake with a stranger
conversations with neighbors
a crowded theater
Friday night out
the taste of Communion
a routine checkup
the school rush each morning
coffee with a friend
the stadium roaring
each deep breath
a boring Tuesday
life itself.

When this ends
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be,
we hoped to be.
and may we stay that way-better for
each other because of the worst.

Msgr. Machalski Visits 111th Pct. for 11P.M. Roll Call!

Msgr. Machalski again had the honor and privilege to speak to the police officers of the 111th Precinct. This time it was after the 11:00 P.M. roll call. Once again he told them: “We are grateful to the NYPD for your service to our community! May God bless you and keep you safe! St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police officers, watch over them and pray for them!

 

Interview on Net TV With Msgr. Machalski!

Msgr. Thomas Machalski, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish was interviewed by Net TV (FIOS Channel 48)for the program Currents. He spoke about the letter he received from a woman in Oregon who happened upon Sacred Heart’s Mass on YouTube. She was touched by his homily on the feast of Corpus Christi, and Fr. Alex Lee’s the following week. See the segment on Net TV.

Msgr. Machalski Visits 111th Police Precinct!

Msgr. Machalski again had the honor and privilege to speak to the police officers of the 111th Precinct. This time it was after the evening shift’s roll call. He told them, “We are grateful to the NYPD for your service to our community! May God bless you and keep you safe! St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police officers, watch over them and pray for them!”

     

Religious Education Registration

Religious Education Program for 2020-2021

Registration is open for classes for the 2020-2021 school year.  Classes will be held virtually on Saturday mornings.

The program is for students in grades 1-8, older children and special needs children.

Please download the Registration Form and email or mail it back to us.

You can also reach us at shreligiousedbayside@yahoo.com or 718-631-1307.

Mrs. Georgette Lyons
Director
Religious Education Program

 

Celebrate Sunday’s Mass Online at Sacred Heart Church!

As of August 1 all Masses at Sacred Heart will be live streamed. Go to the Sacred Heart website and click the Watch Mass Streamed box and choose the Mass you want to watch.

Volunteers Needed!

Now that the church has reopened for Masses on Sundays with a 25% capacity limit we will need greeters/ushers to welcome people back and to ensure that the guidelines of the CDC are being followed—i.e. that people are seated in the spots measured out using social distancing guidelines, making sure people are wearing masks, that we only have the amount of people allowed in the church at a given time, to ensure the six feet space between people especially when approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion. If you can help in these matters, please call Monsignor Machalski at 718-428-2200. A great, big, thank you to those who have already volunteered.

Letter of Thanks!

Please read this letter thanking Msgr. Thomas Machalski and Fr. Alex Lee for the weekly Masses on YouTube.

Annual Catholic Appeal for 2020!

Please read this letter from the Diocese of Brooklyn in reference to the Annual Catholic Appeal.