Parish Centennial Celebration: October 17, 2015

We would like to invite all St. Anastasia Parishioners to the final weekend celebrating our 100th Anniversary Saturday evening October 17, 2015 at 7 PM in Father Smith Hall. Since this event will be limited, due to the space, to only 150 people it is imperative that you make your reservations as soon as possible. The cut-off will be September 15 for checks. This event is shaping up to be one of our most memorable events with a few surprises, you won’t want to be only hearing about second hand.

There will be a cocktail hour in the schoolyard followed by dinner and dancing. The cost for the evening is only $75 per couple or $40 per person.

The following day, Sunday October 18, 2015 the Bishop will be with us to celebrate the Centennial Closing Mass at 12:00 Noon. We invite you to bring your children and grand children to a fun day filled with food and fun. There will be something for everyone and its all on our parish as a thank you for your support. Also, don’t forget we still have boosters and its quite a good deal 5 tickets for $100 and a chance to win until the closing ceremony. We have committees set for both days so if you haven’t volunteered give me a call. We will be having meetings occasionally before our big weekend.

Carolyn Meenan, Centennial Chairperson

Welcome Fathers Rucando and Agyeman

At the end of this month we will welcome Rev. Anthony Rucando, the newly retired pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach. Fr. Rucando received Bishop DiMarzio’s permission to have his residence here at St. Anastasia. It is similar to when Father Rizzo was in residence, Father Rucando is not assigned to work in our parish as an associate, but we welcome him to live with us in his retirement.

In July, Rev. Fred Agyeman will begin helping us for the summer. Father is a priest from the Catholic Archdiocese of Acra in Ghana. He was ordained a priest on July 19, 1997. Father will be here until September. We welcome both priests and we assure them that they will find a truly warm welcome from the people of St. Anastasia Parish!

Monsignor Sherman

Religious Education 2015 – 2016 Academic Year

St. Anastasia Parish
Religious Education

2015-2016 Academic Year

For your convenience we offer the following choices of registration for grades 1st through 8th Wednesday religious instruction classes:

  • Grades 1 to 4: afternoons Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:45 PM
  • Grades 5 to 8: evenings Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 PM
  1. For new students who have never attended our program in the past, In-Person Registration is important. Please send an email or call the above number with a convenient time for you. We will be happy to schedule an appointment.
  2. For those students who have been registered this past academic year, prefilled forms will be mailed to your home in during the month of July.
  3. Registration Forms and Information are also available online at any time.

Once we have received your registration, you will be receiving notification to confirm your request. In this mailing you will receive a calendar and early release – bus information if requested. This mailing will be made in early September 2015. Religious education classes do not begin until the last Wednesday of September.


Ordination of Mr. Vincent Lino

Dear Parishioners,

Mr. Vincent Lino
Mr. Vincent Lino

The Holy Spirit has indeed blessed us with many good gifts in this Easter Season. As we celebrate the end of the Easter Season with Pentecost, we will be blessed with the ordination of Mr. Vincent Lino to the permanent Diaconate.

For many years he has prepared for his service to the Church and we will indeed be fortunate to have him serving here at St. Anastasia. The Parish staff congratulates Vincent and we look forward to having a new member to respond to the diverse needs of our parishioners.

We are grateful to Vincent’s wife, Maria and his family who have supported him during his time of formation.

We assure Vincent of our prayers. May our new deacon’s ministry be filled with great peace and joy and may it be blessed with much fruit!

Monsignor Sherman

2015 Diocesan Champions

The team celebrating their victory and enjoying their trophies after the championship game
The team celebrating their victory and enjoying their trophies after the championship game
A HUGE congratulations to Coaches Bonavita and Blackman and the St. Anastasia 7th Grade Boys Basketball team. They are the 2015 champions of CYO Brooklyn/Queens Dioceses!!! The parish is so proud of them.

After a long season in the most competitive division of their level, a 51 team playoff bracket in the 7th grade division began in late February. In the early rounds, St. A’s rolled off victories against Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Mercy, and Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament. In the semi-finals they faced their arch rivals in St. Kevin’s. St. Anastasia fell behind early but came back to move on to the finals. In the finals, they faced last year’s finalist St. Francis de Sales. This very tough and disciplined team from the Rockaways jumped out to an early lead. However, St. A’s made the proper defensive adjustments and exploited de Sales weaknesses to even the score. After a nail-biting 4th quarter with the teams exchanging baskets, de Sales hit 2 key free throws with 1.7 seconds left to send the game into overtime. St. A’s was down 2 players because of foul trouble but the speed, athleticism and heart of the team was too much for the tired de Sales team to handle. St. A’s was put at the foul line 3 times in the last 58 seconds of the game and was clutch in making their free throws. St. Anastasia pulled out a 45-39 victory to become champions!!!

The team dedicated their championship to William T. Smith Jr, father and close family member of the team.

Happy Easter

After the season of Lent we have now come to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It is the central belief of our Christian faith. Can you imagine how disorienting and traumatic this event was for the first witnesses who became the Church. They were shocked by what they learned of God’s intentions for the world and by the way Jesus would reveal God’s love through his death by crucifixion. The Resurrection opens for all of us the reality of life beyond the grave, life with God. And the promise of new life changes forever the way we live in this world because now we know what life is all about.

I and the Parish Staff wish you and your families a blessed Easter and joyful Easter Season. Join us at Sunday worship as we continue to celebrate the Risen Jesus in our midst!

Monsignor Sherman

Mommy and Me Group

Mommy and Me-webThe St. Anastasia Mommy and Me Group meets on Wednesdays in The St. Anastasia Annex Building. The time is mid morning, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – hours are flexible – to early afternoon. If you are a new parent and would like to meet others who have small children, infants and toddlers, please feel free to come or to call the rectory office (718) 631-4454.