The Diocese of Brooklyn
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Brooklyn, NY 11234
Divine Mercy Sunday is April 11, 2021
Jesus told St. Faustina that this Feast of Mercy would be a very special day
when "all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened."
(Diary 699) Our Lord made a great promise to all those souls who would go to
Confession and then receive Him in Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy, on
the Sunday after Easter, which is now called Divine Mercy Sunday throughout
the Catholic Church.
"The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain
the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (Diary 699) He went on to
say "I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to
Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy." (Diary
Take advantage of this
incredible promise and the additional plenary indulgence on this feast of
Mercy "Divine Mercy Sunday". We want you to benefit fully from these
promises, and we encourage you to notify all of your family and friends
about them too and urge them to return to the practice of their faith About
"Divine Mercy Sunday", Jesus said "…tell the whole world about My
inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and
shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very
depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon
the souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. On that day all the divine
floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw
near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.... Mankind will not have
peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (Diary 699)
It is required
of all Catholics to confess their serious sins at least once a year. One may
go to Confession up to 20 days, before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.
Summary of the Indulgence
I. The usual conditions for a plenary
1.) Sacramental confession [according to previously issued norms, within
about 20 days before or after.]
communion [according to previously issued norms, preferably on the day, or
the days before or after]
3.) Prayer for the
intentions of Supreme Pontiff [certain prayers are not specified]
II. The specific conditions for this indulgence:
On Divine Mercy Sunday
1.) In any
church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection
for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in
honor of Divine Mercy... or
2.) In the presence of
the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our
Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus
(e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!")
indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart,
pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation. [e.g.
Jesus I trust in You. My Jesus mercy. or any other approved invocation]
cannot go to church or the seriously ill
Conditions for a
1.) Totally detesting
2.) The intention of
fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions of confession,
communion and prayers for the Holy Father
3.) Recite the Our
Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus, pray
a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust
If it is impossible to do even this:
1.) With a spiritual
intention unite with those carrying out the prescribed practice for
obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and
2.) Offer to the
Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the
difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as
possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.
itself on the education opportunities provided to our
students. In addition to a rigorous academic program,
students are provided with rich and varied activities that
seek to educate the whole child. At
Midwood Catholic Academy
we understand that music and physical activity are vital
components of a child’s development. Students participate in
unique activities such as American Sign Language. We also
believe that the social emotional support of students’
families is important, especially during these challenging
times, students have access to counseling services through
our collaboration with PDHP.
Midwood Catholic Academy
supports the potential of all learners. Our teachers and
staff are trained to serve students with disabilities as
well as English Language Learners. Professional development
consistently focuses on strategies for improving academic
instruction for at-risk students to ensure their success.
Please call us at
718-377-1800 for more
information to register for the upcoming school year. Seats
are available in Pre-K3 to Grade 8
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THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY
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ASH WEDNESDAY 2021
The use of ashes for punishment or penance predates
Christianity. It is contained in the Hebrew Scriptures (the
Old Testament) and other ancient writings and was adopted by
the infant Church as mentioned in Matthew’s
Gospel (11:21) and the writings of many of the Fathers of
The use of ashes in the Liturgy beginning the penitential
season of Lent is credited to Pope Saint Gregory the Great
who during his papacy (590-604) introduced its use to the
Liturgy of Rome. Ashes were first sprinkled collectively
over the congregation and then later individually on the
crown of the head of each of the faithful with
the Old Testament injunction from Genesis: “Remember that
you are dust, and to dust you
shall return.” This practice spread throughout the Universal
Church and was further codified with the
reforms of the Council of Trent (1545-1563).
It seems that resulting from the
Reformation, particularly in English speaking lands members
of the Church with a desire to foster Roman Catholic
identity, ceased to sprinkle the ashes on the crown of the
heads of the penitents but instead smudged the ashes on the
foreheads of those presenting themselves - first in a blotch
and more recently in the sign of a Cross. This is the
predominant custom of administering ashes on Ash Wednesday
in the United States and the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Missal of Pope Saint Paul VI (1969) adds another formula
that may be used when administering the ashes from Mark’s
Gospel: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” The current
Book of Blessings allows lay-faithful to
administer previously blessed ashes while only a Bishop,
Priest or Deacon may bless them either at Mass or within a
Celebration of the Word of God.
In January of this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the
Sacraments issued a “note” requiring
that ashes be sprinkled on the crown of the heads of the
faithful and that the formula (using either option) be
recited only once before all those gathered receive the
sacramental at the Ash Wednesday Liturgies.
These changes minimize the necessity of physical contact
including speech between minister and recipient and remove
the need for the minister (who is to wear a face covering)
to speak while in close proximity to the recipient. Even
though we’re not accustomed to it in our country
or diocese, the distribution of ashes by sprinkling on the
top or crown of the head is considered completely normal in
a majority of the “Catholic World” including
While there is clearly a noble aspect
of public witness in the usual American method of marking
the forehead with ashes, it is also important to remember
that ashes are a sacramental intended to help the faithful
who receive them in their own interior striving for holiness
and preparation for the Paschal Triduum.
A NOTE FROM
The distribution of ashes via sprinkling is a common
practice in some countries but is not well known here in the
States. Therefore pastors are encouraged to provide some
explanation to the faithful, to avoid unnecessary confusion.
You may use all or part of the above catechesis. On Ash
Wednesday itself celebrants should remind the faithful that
they should come up as usual and will receive the ashes
sprinkled on the crown of their heads and not
imprinted/smudged on their foreheads. The pastor and
celebrant should also make sure that other ministers are
aware of the change in practice this pandemic year. Below is included
the Congregation’s “Note” in its entirety.
Information about Holy Week (especially Palm Sunday of the
Lord’s Passion and the Holy Triduum) will be
relayed to pastors in a timely fashion as it becomes
available from Rome and Washington.
Prot. N. 17/21
NOTE ON ASH
WEDNESDAY Distribution of Ashes in Time of Pandemic
The Priest says the prayer for
blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with holy water,
without saying anything. Then he addresses all those present
and only once says the formula as it appears in the Roman
Missal, applying it to all in general: “Repent, and believe
in the Gospel”, or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust
you shall return”.
The Priest then cleanses his hands,
puts on a face mask and distributes the ashes to those who
come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are
standing in their places. The Priest takes the ashes and
sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying
From the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 12 January
Robert Card. Sarah
Echoing the Instruction from the Vatican,
Ashes WILL NOT be placed on foreheads in the form of the Cross this
Ashes will be
sprinkled on the crowns of the faithful’s
Please do not ask to take Ashes home with you and Ashes will ONLY be
imposed during the Services, NOT before or after.
This is yet another way that we all have to deal with containing
the spread of the Virus.
Please follow these
instructions to ensure a safe and orderly observation of the
sanctity of the Ash Wednesday.
for you understanding and cooperation.
FRIDAY, 23RD OCTOBER 2020
AS OF 1PM TODAY,
SAINT COLUMBA R.C. CHURCH
IS PERMITTED TO ASSEMBLE
50% OF THE CHURCH’S CAPACITY
FOR EVERY MASS!!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN
AND HAND SANITIZING
WHEN YOU ATTEND MASS!
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Lambert asks you to spend a few minutes viewing a short film entitled The
Veil Removed located at TheVeilRemoved.com .
This 7-minute video is beautifully made and
performed taking you into the true mystery of the Most Holy Sacrament of
the Altar. Having viewed it several times, I find myself yearning more
and more for Whom we often take for granted - Christ Jesus.
Give it a view, pass it on to your family and
friends, and reflect on that precious Gift we long to have by an Act of
God's infinite love and grace will get us through this crisis!
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
Please Pray for
Saint Columba is a community whose faith
is rooted in Christ and centered in the
We witness to the Gospel, reaching out
to serve the spiritual, emotional and material needs of others.
We challenge child and adult to grow
in Christ, communicating with love, and welcoming all to share their gifts as
vital members of the Parish.