Spring Blood drive, Sunday June 7, 2015

St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council # 5711

Would you like to help save 3 lives?
Our parish’s Spring Blood drive will be on Sunday June 7th. Our goal is to reach 50 donations. The need for blood is constant – you never know when someone you care about might need blood. To be eligible to donate, you must be between the ages of 16 – 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. You must have photo ID with you. Each donation can be separated into different components and therefore help save up to three lives! Did you know that our local hospitals need more than 2,000 pints of blood each day? That means they need your help. Please join us on Sunday, June 7th from 8:45am-2:45pm and give the gift of life. You never know who’s life you might save!

Ordination Mass of Vincent Lino to the Order of Deacon

From the Pastor
April, 18, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

Mr. Vincent Lino
Mr. Vincent Lino

In just a few short weeks from now, we will be celebrating and welcoming Vincent Lino as a newly ordained Deacon in our Parish.

Just last weekend, Vincent stated and signed an oath of Fidelity in front his wife Maria and children and all those in attendance at 5:30 PM Mass. He has been studying for the past five years, and is now ready for his ordination on Saturday, May 23, 2015. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving here on Sunday, May 24 at 12:00 Noon, and parishioners are invited and to stop by in Father Smith Hall following that Mass to say hello and congratulate Vincent.

We all need to continue to pray for him and encourage him, as he lives out this special calling, and be aware of the wonderful gift he will be giving in service to the Parish of St. Anastasia!

We rejoice at Mr. Lino’s future ministry in our parish.

Sincerely,
Msgr. Sherman

Upcoming First Communion Masses

On the weekends of April 25th & 26th and May 2nd & 3rd, we will be welcoming our 2nd Grade First Communicants at the Masses. Please be mindful that many of them have chosen the 10:00 & 12:00 Mass to receive on those weekends, so there will be quite a few guests coming to those Masses for the first communion of their family members.

The reception of the Sacraments is a blessing for all of us, so please wish them well and pray for them and their families as they take this important step in their Catholic Faith.

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.

St. Faustina Workshop

The Spanish Prayer Group will sponsor a workshop on the Spirituality of St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy. It will take place on four Monday evenings, at 7:00 PM.

The workshop will be presented by Deacon Roberto Polanco, Director of Hispanic Ministry Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

  • April 13 – 7:00 PM at the Annex
  • April 20 – 7:00 PM at the large room convent
  • April 27 – 7:00 PM at the Annex
  • May 4th – 7:00 PM at the Annex

All are welcome to attend!

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.

18-1, A Great Season!

3-4grade-basketballCongratulations to the St. Anastasia CYO 3rd and 4th grade girls basketball team. The girls coached by Alex Bonavita and Heather Gambeski had a regular season record of 14 wins and 0 loses. They went on to win 4 playoff games. Unfortunately, the team narrowly lost in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Championship game. The girls had a fantastic year and we are proud of their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Our Gold Medal Winners!

Intermediate girls team with head coach Debbie Doreste and assistant coach Cathleen Conlon
Intermediate girls team with head coach Debbie Doreste and assistant coach Cathleen Conlon

On February 28, 2015, Our Lady of Grace held the Intermediate Division 2nd Annual Indoor Soccer tournament at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Several parishes throughout the diocese participated in the event. St. Anastasia’s intermediate girls won the gold medal against very tough competition. Their soccer skills and sportsmanship throughout the event were commendable! Congratulations girls!