Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Cemetery

by Monsignor Sherman

Dear Parishioners,

Despite the rain and the cold on Saturday, November 1, 2014, a group of 23 parishioners of St. Anastasia made a pilgrimage to Holy Cross cemetery in Brooklyn. As the parish celebrates its 100th anniversary, it was thought proper to at least visit the graves of some of our previous pastors. Three of our pastors from former years are buried in Holy Cross cemetery. Continue reading

A Joyous Beginning of Our 100th Anniversary Celebration

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians
in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
grace to you and peace.
We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers,
unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love
and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before our God and Father,
knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God,
how you were chosen.
For our gospel did not come to you in word alone,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.

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Important Centennial Celebration News

Remember, the Centennial Raffle will continue throughout this Jubilee Year–a winner Every week.

More chances are available. Please stop by the rectory during office hours to pick them up.

If you participate in the weekly drawings, please return your raffle tickets to us. You may return them in the collection basket at Sunday Mass, or by mail or to the rectory (the envelopes can be simply slipped through the mail slot!). There are 51 more chances to win this year!

Do you want to make Music at St. Anastasia?


There’s something for everyone – and every age – at St. Anastasia !


Singing a range of music from great classics to spirituals, Bach to Broadway in beautiful harmony. Open to teens and adults. The ADULT CHOIR sings at the 12pm Mass each Sunday, as well as at a variety of concerts and Holydays throughout the year. Rehearsals are at 11:15am on Sunday mornings (before Mass), with evening rehearsals scheduled as needed before major events. Beginning September 14th.


Open to all ages, ringing music to accompany Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. No musical experience necessary! Rehearsals are on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:15am (before Mass). Begginning on September 28th.


Open to kids and their parents (and grandparents…and great grandparents!). Singing at the 10am Mass each Sunday, with rehearsals at 9:15am on Sunday (before Mass). Beginning on September 21.


Do you play a musical instrument? Please join us on the 1st Sunday of each month at the 10am Mass as we join together our voices AND instruments in bringing Glory to God. Rehearsal will be held at 9:15am on the 1st Sunday of the month (before Mass). but you MUST come the week before to pick up your music and register so that we know who is coming. Experienced instrumentalists who can read music only, please. Beginning on October 5th – but please come September 28th to sign-up/pick up music.

Please see Stephanie Larkin in the Choir Loft any time or email music@stanastasia.info

photo credit: Spherical Bull

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.

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.