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Message from Father Fred (3/27/2020)

Dearest Parishioners,

Along with Fr. Fullum and Deacon Peter, I send out heartfelt greetings to you all from Sacred Heart Rectory (or should I call it Sacred Heart Bunker)! Fr. Fullum is slowly and steadily improving… He told me today his cough is better, and his fever is lower (98/99). I am feeling well, except for some congestion due to allergies. I have been asymptomatic so far, as today is our 9th day of quarantine out of 14! Greetings as well to all parishioners from the Sisters of our Convent!

It is now Friday, March 27th and I just finished watching the Holy Father’s “Moment of Prayer and Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) Blessing.”

As I write to you, I am overcome with emotion and gratitude to the Lord Jesus for the gift of the Catholic Church and the presence of His Vicar (Representative) on earth, Pope Francis, and for you all, who are Sacred Heart Parish. What a BEAUTIFUL experience of prayer, healing, and hope it was. I will never forget the image on T.V. of watching him speak this afternoon to an EMPTY, dark, rainy, torch lit Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican, which usually holds thousands of people on a daily basis. I can still hear the ancient Latin chant for Lent, that was sung after his address, “Parce Domine, parce populo tuo…” (Spare O Lord, spare your people…) begging our Lord for mercy and protection upon us all. I am still reflecting on the Pope’s inspiring, encouraging, and challenging words to “allow the Lord Jesus into our boat during this storm” that is raging in our lives and world, and to hear the Lord’s words of comfort and power, “Do not be afraid!” I can still feel the blessing the Pope gave with the Holy Eucharist in the Monstrance, reminding us that Jesus said, “I am with you always!”

When Pope Francis was finished, I looked out my window, which overlooks the front of our beautiful little Church. I was reminded that the sidewalk and street were also EMPTY. I was picturing all of you gathered after each Mass on Sundays in front of the Church greeting each other, catching up, and preparing to go home filled with the joy of being, “Sent forth!” with God’s Word and Presence. At that point, the Church bells began to ring at 3:00 p.m. How comforting and assuring it was to hear them ring, proclaiming to all Glendale that Jesus is still here and so are YOU!

I have been informed by Ms. Gangi, the Principal and Mr. Fred Haller, Chairman of the Board of Directors, that Sacred Heart Academy is very active online, and the teachers and students are engaged daily on virtual classrooms! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Gangi and the wonderful teachers of Sacred Heart Academy for their continued dedication to our students as they teach from home. In addition, I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr. Chuck Suffel and Mr. Peter Stamm, Jr. (our 8th grade teacher) for all the work they did implementing the technology, coaching, and preparing needed for the teachers to do their work teaching our students online. A word of gratitude to the parents of our Academy students, who support our school and make sure their child is continuing to learn from home!

May God continue to Bless and protect you all! So looking forward to seeing you again, and thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Love and Blessings,
Fr. Fred

P.S. Please find a link to a beautiful religious song called “Beyond the Days”. It has brought me great comfort and I hope that it will do the same for you.

Message from Father Fred (3/21/2020)

Dearest Parishioners,

On behalf of Father Fullum, Deacon Peter and myself Father Fred, I would like to extend to you all a Blessed Fourth Sunday of Lent! Even though we are not together, please know of our thoughts of and prayers for each one of you.

We miss you all so much! Along with you, we are saddened by the reality of not having Holy Mass or the Sacraments or being together during this temporary period.

We encourage you to please offer The Spiritual Communion Prayer (found at the end of this message) in place of receiving The Holy Eucharist as you watch the Holy Mass on t.v. (NET-TV on Spectrum channel 97, Optimum-Channel 30, and FIOS-Channel 48 or EWTN on Spectrum channel 460) or on the Diocese of Brooklyn website,, on weekdays and Sundays. The Masses can be seen on NET-TV (Spectrum-Channel 97, Optimum-Channel 30, and FIOS-Channel 48) .Also, in place of The Sacrament of Confession during this time, after an examination of conscience pray a sincere Act of Contrition (also found at the end of this message), with a promise to go to Confession as soon as it is possible.

As you have heard, as of yesterday (Friday 3/20), Father Fullum is one of two priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn that have tested positive for the coronavirus so far. He is doing well. He has a low grade fever and is isolated in his room at the rectory. He has a small appetite and is in good spirits. I also have been isolated in my room and am able only to go to the kitchen to get him and me food. I am feeling well, and I do not have any symptoms. I, however, in contrast to Father Fullum, have a LARGE appetite! Thank you so much to each one of you who have called and sent messages asking for our well being and for your offers to help in so many small and great ways! You are truly a gift from our Lord to us! Let us strive to be a gift to one another.

May Almighty God bless you + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit! With love, Father Fred

The Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.

Act of Contrition
O My God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pain of hell but mostly because they offend You, my God, Who are deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Your grace to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Corona Virus Update March 16

Coronavirus update March 16

Passing of Father Joseph Gancila

We regret to inform you of the death of Father Joseph Gancila. He was a much loved priest in our parish.
A vigil mass will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, 1/8/2020 at 7:30 pm. The funeral mass will be held Thursday, 1/9/2020 at 11:00 am, also at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church
7201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11228

There is no public viewing.

Father Joe’s Obituary

EMHC and Lector Schedule January February 2020

EMHC and Lector Schedule January-February 2020

EMHC and Lector Schedule Nov- Dec 2019

EMHC and Lector Schedule Nov- Dec 2019

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