St. Anastasia Blood Drive

St. Anastasia Blood Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 5911. Sunday, November 16, 2014. 8:45 AM – 2:45 PM. Fr. Smith Hall (245th Street and Alameda Avenue). Your donation will help to save lives. Our community hospitals need your help. Please share this life-saving gift! Thank You for caring!

Eligibility Criteria:
• Bring ID with signature or photo
• Minimum weight 110lbs
• Age 16-75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note)
• Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids
• No tattoos for past 12 months
• For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800- 688-0900 Long Island Blood Services.

Fall Bible Study: First & Second Kings

The Fall Series of Scripture Study with Monsignor Ryan will begin on Monday, October 20, 2014. In this season we will continue to study the historical books of the Old Testament: First & Second Kings. These Books include certain events that forever shaped Israel’s history. They begin with the reign of King Solomon; continue with the division of Israel into two kingdoms; and conclude with the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonian Empire. They include gripping tales and engaging personal stories. It is a fascinating period in biblical history.

Sessions begin on October 20th and continue on October 27, November 3, 10, 17 and 24. All take place on Mondays. Sessions are held in the Parish Center on the corner of 245 St. and Northern Blvd. Participants can choose the 1:15 – 2:30 PM session or the evening session from 7:30 – 9:00 PM.

A text of the Books with commentary will be available. All are welcome!

Easy English Begins again for the Fall

Would you like to lose your accent, increase your vocabulary, improve your pronunciation or simply practice speaking English?

You can do all of that in a friendly, relaxed setting. Just drop in to one of the Saint Anastasia “Easy English” sessions on any Thursday afternoon at 1:15 PM. The classes are one and a half hours long and they’re held in the Parish Center at the corner of Northern Boulevard and 245th St. (Rev. John J. Gribbon Way).

The sessions are all free and there’s no pre-registration required Just show up and sign in. Everyone is welcome.

The classes will begin on Thursday September 24, 2014.

Mommy and Me

Mommy and Me-webThe St. Anastasia Mommy and Me Group will resume their meetings in the Annex on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 11:30 AM -1:00 PM. If you are home with a toddler or a brand new baby this is an opportunity to meet new parents, cultivate some new friends in a relaxed atmosphere (St. Anastasia Annex Bldg) and let the children play together!

Our Newest Eagle Scouts!

EagleScout webCongratulations to Troop 153’s newest Eagle Scouts! Alex Zseller, Matthew Cazilas, Evan Tsourtsoulas, Michael Tuffey and John Eckartz all earned their Eagle Rank during 2014. As part of their Eagle Scout Leadership Projects, these Scouts and troop provided service to a varied group of Eagle Project beneficiaries, which included Udall’s Cove, the Briarwood Shelter of the Salvation Army, New York Hospital – Queens, Little Neck –Douglaston Ambulance Corp, St. Alban’s Veterans Hospital, and the Queens Center for Progress.

Please contact our Chartered Organization Representative, Ms. Jamie Eckartz for more details on our program.

2015 Mass Book

It is Time once again to open the Mass Book for 2015. The opening will take place over 2 days:

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014: 1:00 – 4:00 PM – The Parish Center (Convent)
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014: 1:00 – 4:00 PM- The Parish Center (Convent)

New Scouting Year Set to Begin on September 7, 2014!

scouts 3610aBoy Scout Troop 153 is set to begin its 2014-2015 program year on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 4:30pm in Father Smith Hall. The troop calendar is expected to include several day hikes, overnight camping, and community service activities.

Please contact our Chartered Organization Representative, Ms. Jamie Eckartz for more details.

Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a specialized ministry in the church. It is a graced way of serving another believer, helping the other to grow in intimacy with God and to live out the consequences of this intimacy. The Focus of a spiritual direction relationship is the directee’s experience of God and how communication happens between God and the directee. Trained spiritual directors have a background in ministry, communication skills, personality dynamics and various resources in prayer, spirituality and scripture. While some directors may be trained, pastoral or psychological counselors problem, solving or therapy is not the focus. Rather, both director and directee agree to meet regularly so that the directee might pay closer attention to God.

A Trained Director Helps You:

  • be more aware of who God is for you
  • to notice God’s movement in the events of your life, in your prayer
  • to be able to talk about what your are experiencing
  • to reverence and savor your experiences of God
  • to be attentive to God’s invitations, urgings, confirmations
  • to recognize resistances and roadblocks
  • in the process of making choices that respond to God’s invitation

In spiritual direction, you are far more active than the director is, but you are also fully assisted by the loving attitude and attentiveness of the director.

In the coming weeks we will have more information on the subject of spiritual direction and it’s availability to our parishioners.