Saint Anastasia Roman Catholic Church, Douglaston, New York. Est. 1915.

Parish Mission Statement:
To Proclaim the good news of Christ's love through our active involvement,
as a Parish community, in works of Charity, Faith, Worship and Justice.

Home  //  Parish News & Events

Parish News & Events

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.

100 Years of Faith Celebrations

Mark your calendars!


October 2014

October 19, 2014

Opening of Centennial Year Celebration Mass

12:00 PM Mass

Celebrant – Bishop Chapetto

“Honoring Long Time Residents of Parish”

Followed by a brunch in Father Smith Hall.


November 2014

November 1, 2014

9:00 Mass followed by

Past Pastors Tribute Pilgrimage

to Holy Cross Cemetery

A Bus will be hired and a headcount will be required

More information to follow

Date to be Announced

Music Concert: Salute to the last 100 years


December 2014

Date to be announced

Bury a time Capsule


January 2015

January 17, 2015

Following 5:30 Mass

Graduate Reunion 40’s, 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s

Wine and Cheese in Father Smith Hall


February 2015

February 14, 2015

5:30PM Mass

Honoring Couples Married in our Parish

Wine and Cheese and

bring your albums to Father Smith Hall


March 2015

March 7, 2015

Following 5:30 Mass

90’s–Present Graduate Reunion

Wine and Cheese in Father Smith Hall

Bring your yearbooks


April 2015

April 5, 2015

Easter Egg Hunts


May 2015

May 10, 2015

Following 12:00 Mass

May Crowning Honoring Women

Light refreshments in Father Smith Hall


June 2015

 June 21, 2015

Following the 12:00 Mass

Honoring Men

Light Refreshments in Father Smith Hall


September 2015

Date to be announced

Centennial Celebration

Honoring Past Parish Clergy, Employees,

Faculty, Staff, and Religious EDucators


October 2015

October 18, 2015

Closing Centennial Mass Celebration

12:00 Mass with Bishop DiMarzio

Day's Theme: A Step Back In Time

A day of fun with details to follow

Upcoming Leisure Club Events
The leisure club will be going to the Empire club at Yonkers on Wed May 28th. cost $27.00. We are also planning a trip to Branson, Mo. on Sept 27th and return on Oct. 5th (9 days 8 nights) the cost is $756.00.
2014 Mass Book

The 2014 Mass Book will open in the Parish Center (Convent) on 2 Tuesday, September 17th From 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and once Again on Tuesday, September 24th From 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

After the 24th we need a week to record and then it will be fully open. After September 24th if You have multiple requests please be prepared to drop off the requests and we will call you when they are completed. Thank you.

Mass Book for 2013

The Mass Book for 2013 has been open. You will notice that every Sunday there will be a Mass scheduled: “For The People of the Parish” you may have noticed this in other church bulletins when you visit. The explanation is simple- the Pastor of a parish is charged with the well being of the community. There are many aspects of this task, maintaining and building a community of faith. By rotating a Sunday Mass each week , that insures the pastor and the priests of the parish a practical way to pray for those entrusted to  their care, it allows  time for this responsibility including the physical, spiritual and social concerns of maintaining and building a community of faith. Please be mindful, that the Mass that is marked for that particular Sunday is not available for other intentions.

Congratulations, Msgr. Sherman!

Congratulations To our Pastor, Msgr. Sherman, who was named the 2012 recipient of the McManus Award which honors significant contributions to liturgical renewal. Msgr. Sherman will receive this prestigious award on Friday, October 12th at the meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission in San Diego, Calif.

Leisure Club News

Welcome Back to all our Faithful Members! We will begin a new season on Tuesday September 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Fr. Smith Hall. Come join us - Have some fun & meet new friends! Membership Dues for the year is $15.00. Pat Fitzgerald, President.

Atlantic City Trip for September, Monday September 19th. (The 3rd Monday of each Month). All parishioners and friends over Twenty–one years of age are welcome. The cost is $35.pp For reservations please contact: Peggy (718) 428-2833 or Dan (718) 224-9450.

Trip to Grand Canyon Pennsylvania, September 27th-September 29th. Cost: $394. For more information Call Peggy (718) 428-2833.

From Monsignor Ryan and the Parish Staff

The Christmas season overflows with memories and traditions. We save some of our best songs, stories, films and recipes for this season of the year. We send out cards and notes and we do all kinds of odd things that we would never do at any other time--like hang empty socks by the fireplace and bring a tree into the house and put wrapped gifts under it. We can get sentimental at the sound of a carol and the ringing of bells.

This sentimental side of Christmas has its value. It can remind us to appreciate each other and to share with those who have less than we do. But there is much more to Christmas than the sentimental side. For us believers it is “the feast of our salvation“. Christmas is about the restoration of order to the universe as God and humanity are united once more through the sonship of Jesus Christ.

Therefore the Christmas liturgies are foundational, joyful as well as sentimental. They invite us to participate in the mystery of the Incarnation –God becoming Man so that we might become Godlike.

The Priests and parish staff hope you will join us in our Christmas Masses and the other Liturgies of the Christmas Season which will continue to the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord which will be celebrated this year on January 9th.

We welcome you and pray that our gatherings during this season will gladden our hearts and deepen our bonds.

Christmas Blessings!

There is a Beginning, and There is an End…


Dear Brothers and Sisters, In June of 2005, when I was leaving Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, for a temporary assignment in San Antonio, Texas, I little knew about Little Neck and Douglaston. I was associating Queens with awful traffic conditions, lots of concrete, and almost no trees at all. When I finally pulled over into St. Anastasia parking lot in August of 2005, I was struck by the green surrounding, (the traffic was still a little hassle on that day—I have to admit), but I liked the new place right away. Who thought it would be so beautiful in Queens? Slowly but surely, I came to know the people of St. Anastasia: Msgr. Ryan, Msgr. Cantley, Fr. George Lutjen, Fr. Ed and Fr. Bill, the staff at the Rectory and school, and of course you, dear Friends, who all have created a new and great home for me. With some of you, it became quite personal through baptisms, confirmations, reconciliations, CCD/ LAB sessions, Knights of Columbus, Youth Group, Movie Club and so many usual encounters on the street, at Stop & Shop, at 711 and elsewhere. I loved to pray with you and meet you at the altar on weekdays and holy days. Some of you I was able to meet at your homes, hospitals and nursing homes. Some, I was blessed to bury from our church and say to them “see you in heaven” from the altar. You have all become especially close to me, when over a year ago I heard about the death of my own mother. Your outpouring compassion and prayers helped me tremendously as I was walking through these difficult days. I have had many great laughs with so many of you, and sometimes we grieved together as well. I will always remember that. It seems, however, that my time as one of your priests at St. Anastasia is coming to an end.

Recently, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has asked me to take two new assignments, and on Tuesday, January 26 he has officially entrusted to my pastoral care two Catholic Communities in our Diocese. As of Monday, February 1, I will be the administrator at St. Joseph’s Parish in South Jamaica; the other assignment will become known in the next few days and effective on February 15. It does not mean, however, you will completely stop seeing me at St. Anastasia; I will still be residing at our Rectory and fulfilling my new ministries from here, at least for a while.

At this time, I would like to thank the priests of St. Anastasia for their brotherly love and support and very fulfilling sense of working together; I would like to thank all of you, dear Brothers and Sisters for your help, love, understanding and enrichment that I have received from you throughout all these years. Forgive me, if I have ever offended, hurt or misunderstood you. I pray for you and the future of St. Anastasia’s Community, which truly deserves great priests keeping faith, hope and love alive in your hearts.

God bless,


Our New Altar

As you welcome and admire the new altar for our church, I thought it would be interesting to appreciate some of the elements that went into the design by Willy Malarcher. After he received the commission for an altar in St. Anastasia Church, he did some research on the life of Anastasia.

Read more: Our New Altar
Coming Soon: Flu Shot Clinic
Date: TO BE Announced.  Place: Saint Anastasia Church, Father Smith Hall.  Cost: $25. If you have Original MEDICARE there will be NO out of pocket cost. Medicare will be billed upon your request. (This does not apply if you have an Advantage HMO Medicare plan). Seasonal Flu shots will available to anyone age 18 years and older. For each Original Medicare Beneficiary that receives a flu shot, $1.00 will be donated to Saint Anastasia Parish. Seasonal flu vaccine will NOT protect you against the Swine Flu (H1N1).
?Behind the Scenes? at Family Mass
It’s 10 AM on Sunday. Do you know where your children are? At Family Mass, the presiding priest calls the children to the front of the church. The group is led out the door by a catechist. But where do they go? What do they do? Let’s follow the children along to see what takes place “behind the scenes” Read more: ?Behind the Scenes? at Family Mass



Are you thinking about becoming Catholic?

Are you looking to complete initiation by receiving First Holy Communion? and/or Confirmation?

No matter what your reason might be for thinking about becoming Catholic or completing your initiation, our hope and prayer is that when God calls, you will respond.

Give us a call at (718) 225-5191. We are waiting to speak with you.


Summer 2014

July 7th - August 8th
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Catechism of the Catholic Church - Online Version


Scroll Up