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.

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