Letter from our Pastor – Fr. Tom Pettei Carta de nuestro Párroco

Dear Friends,

How many influences are part of our lives?  We are influenced by people and politicians, the media and music, the weather as well as our wants!  Styles and the culture affect our attitudes and beliefs—they help to shape our opinions.

Can we, in turn, shape the world?  This is part of our Christian calling!

Today’s Gospel includes the famous expression of Jesus: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  We know that we have many authorities in our lives: civil, ecclesiastical, educational, family, personal.  Each of these authorities can make demands of us and challenge us in different ways.  As Christians, we are to engage these different authorities—we are not to run from “the world,” but speak to it from our Christian viewpoint, bringing the message of the Gospel to bear.  One concrete way in which we can fulfill this call is by forming our conscience as we prepare for the upcoming presidential election. Faithful Citizenship, a resource from the USCCB, can help us do that.  Please refer to a short message included in this week’s bulletin for more information.

As we navigate the different influences around us, we are to bear in mind the ultimate authority in our lives: our Creator God, in whose image we have been made!

 Peace and blessings,

Fr. Tom

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Queridos amigos,

¿Cuántas influencias forman parte de nuestras vidas? ¡Estamos influenciados por personas y políticos, los medios de comunicación y la música, el clima y nuestros deseos! Los estilos y la cultura afectan nuestras actitudes y creencias —ayudan a moldear nuestras opiniones.

¿Podemos nosotros, a la vez, moldear el mundo? ¡Hacerlo es parte de nuestro llamado cristiano!

El evangelio de hoy incluye la famosa expresión de Jesús: “Dar al César lo que es del César y a Dios lo que es de Dios”. Sabemos que tenemos muchas autoridades en nuestra vida: civil, eclesiástica, educativa, familiar, personal. Cada una de estas autoridades puede hacernos demandas y desafiarnos de diferentes maneras. Como cristianos, debemos involucrar a estas diferentes autoridades; no podemos huir del “mundo”, sino comunicarnos con el desde nuestra perspectiva cristiana, llevando el mensaje del Evangelio. Una manera concreta en la que podemos cumplir con este llamado es formando nuestra conciencia, ahora que nos preparamos para las próximas elecciones presidenciales. Faithful Citizenship, un recurso de la Conferencia Episcopal de los Estados Unidos, puede ayudarnos a lograrlo. Lean un breve mensaje incluido en el boletín de esta semana para obtener más información acerca de este recurso.

Al continuar navegando las diferentes influencias que nos rodean, debemos tener muy en cuenta a la máxima autoridad en nuestras vidas: ¡Dios, nuestro Creador, a cuya imagen hemos sido creados!

Paz y bendiciones,

Padre Tom

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Dear parishioners:

We regret to inform you that in compliance with NY State requirements, beginning on Thursday, October 8, 2020, we will not be able to offer public Masses at Our Lady of the Angelus, only via Facebook.  

Masses are still open to the public at our sister parish, Resurrection-Ascension.
85-25 61st Road, Rego Park, New York 11374  (718) 424-5212 www.rachurch.net

 Mass Schedule at R.A:  Monday-Saturday: 9am, Saturday Vigil: 4pm
Sundays: 9:00am, 11:00am and 12:30pm in Spanish.  All are welcome
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Queridos feligreses:

Lamentamos informarles que, siguiendo los mandatos del Estado de Nueva York, a partir del jueves 8 de octubre de 2020, no podemos ofrecer Misas con feligreses en Nuestra Señora del Ángelus, solo por Facebook.  

Las Misas todavía están abiertas al público en nuestra parroquia hermana de Resurrección-Ascensión.
85-25 61st Road, Rego Park, New York 11374.   (718) 424-5212 www.rachurch.net

 La Misa en Español es los domingos a las 12:30 pm.   Todos son bienvenidos

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For any pre-scheduled Mass or Group Gatherings, it’s very important that you receive permission from the pastor before you invite a Priest to be a celebrant,  a Deacon to be a preacher or to assist at any celebration and a lay speaker, even one from our Diocese.

No priest, deacon or lay speaker should minister at the Parish without the pastor’s permission.

When Mass has ended, please leave the Church in good order and ensure that the exit doors are properly locked; bear in mind the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thank you and God bless you.

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Annual Catholic Appeal

The parish goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal has increased. For 2020 and beyond it will be $45,499.00. Through your donations, the Diocese offers many service and support programs.

Please continue your support to Annual Catholic Appeal, any excess above our parish goal will come back to our parish. Thank you for your generosity.

God bless you all!

Proper attire for Church

We ask that everyone to please dress appropriately for Mass or any other service. Shorts or beach attire are not acceptable, we have air conditioning in the church. Remember that when you are in church, you are in the presence of God.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.