St. Charles Church, Oakwood Heights, Staten Island

As per the Supreme Court decision on Wednesday night, the church capacity for Masses is 50% as they have been these past few months.  This will go into effect immediately.

Please remember to maintain 6 feet social distancing and to wear face masks properly covering nose and mouth.  This is extremely important since the covid numbers are on the rise. 

We must continue to keep our fellow parishioners safe while they attend Mass here at St. Charles Church.

 

 


Father Jerome will celebrate Sunday Mass online at 12 Noon on our Facebook page.

Please continue to support our parish by signing up for WeShare.


God Bless Your Kindness to Others

Once again we are asking you to purchase gift cards which will be given to families in need for Christmas. 

If possible, purchase the cards in the amount of $20.00 and place them in the box in front of the altar.  You can also drop them off at the rectory.  Gift cards for Target, Stop N Shop, Shop Rite, Kohls, Macy’s or Visa Cards would be greatly appreciated. 

Please return the cards by December 7th.  May God bless you for your kindness to others during the Christmas Season.

 


To say this year has been a difficult one is an understatement.  Many of us are not comfortable attending Mass and may feel disconnected from our faith.  There are tools for us to use to keep us connected and help us to keep our prayer life alive which is so important more than ever before. 
 
FORMED.org is a free online subscription that you can join and offers a wonderful Advent program.  “The Road to Bethlehem” is a journey that includes daily Advent reflections and enrichment.  They will be sending you handpicked videos, talks and texts every day throughout Advent to nourish your spiritual life.  Sign up today to prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus at Christmas!  Visit FORMED.org, click “sign up”; select “I belong to a parish or organization”; search for St. Charles Church Staten Island and enter your email and you’re in!
 
Another online subscription is Dynamiccatholic.com.  They also have a wonderful Advent program called “Making 2021 the Best Year of Your LIfe Starts with Advent!”  It’s totally free and totally awesome with daily videos sent straight to your email that will help you prepare for Christmas like never before!
 

 



 

We are pleased to announce that our parish has subscribed to an exciting new online platform: Formed.orgView the best Catholic videos, audio programs, e-books and movies on your computer, tablet or smart- phone for free

To create a new FORMED account…

Visit FORMED.org
Click Sign Up
Select “I Belong to a Parish or Organization”
Find your parish by name, zip, or parish code (Search for St. Charles Church Staten Island)
Enter your email – and you’re in!


 
Message from Cardinal Dolan, June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020
Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
 
Dear Family of the Archdiocese of New York:
 
Because the news headlines of the past few months have seemed to be unrelentingly disturbing and depressing, I am eager to share some good news. Daily Mass began earlier this week in the parishes of the archdiocese in Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties, and Sunday Mass will begin in those same counties this Sunday, June 14, providentially the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi! In addition, funerals, weddings, and baptisms can also be held once again. (The solemn obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be temporarily suspended.) Of course, we must follow the advice of health professionals and limit attendance to no more than 25% of a church’s capacity, keep social distance, wear masks, and observe all of the health and safety requirements that have become such a part of our daily routines.    Read More…
 

 

Prayer Resources for the Coronavirus Crisis

Acts of Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you. 
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen.

The Archdiocese has announced that First Holy Communions and Confirmations have been postponed until further notice. Also, Palm Sunday Masses, Reconciliation Monday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses will not be celebrated publicly in the parishes.

Watch Live!

TV Station: Catholic Faith Network (channel 296 Fios and channel 162/471 Spectrum)

Televised from St. Agnes Cathedral
Masses: Monday – Friday at 8:30 am & 12:30 pm;  and Sunday at 11 am and 7 pm

Televised from St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Masses: Monday – Friday at 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 3:30 pm

TV Station: EWTN 12 noon Mass (on channel 285 FIOS and channel 460 Spectrum)

 


6 Tips for the Mass When Watching from Home

1. No PJ’s – dress up a bit – even if you’re staying in – it changes your mindset. It says “This is important!” Also if you have a crucifix and candles put them on a table nearby.
2. If you love small business – support them- and us – use the WeShare link below.
3. Stand, sit and kneel at the usual times – and do so together as a family – there’s no sports, events or other things to separate you.
4. Pray for the dead – in your family, in this crisis and for the sick and those who tend to them.
5. You’ll know the Communion Hymn well so sing along.
6. Pray “Lord – this stinks – but help me to appreciate the time I have with family, the focus that this time provides, help me take the right steps to control what I can and confidently give over to you what I cannot. Help me never to again take my life, my faith, and my blessings for granted. I resolve to amend my life and ask forgiveness for my faults. Amen”

 


 
 

Parish Events 

Please pray for all who are ill with this virus and for the well being of our country and the world.

To keep current with parish announcements during this time, please see the link below to sign up for flocknote if you have not already done so. 

Also, if you wish, you can also sign up for weshare on the link below if you would like to continue to support the parish during this time.