Congratulations to Fathers Chin Nguyen, Elvin Torres, Robinson Olivares, and Hung Sy Tran, the four new priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn who were ordained by Bishop DiMarzio on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral. We wish them many years of fruitful service to the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens.
Congratulations, also, to the young actors and actresses of the Park Slope Performing Arts (PSPA) Youth Theatre Company, many of whom are from HNJ Parish and/or our affiliated St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy. Under the direction of PSPA's dedicated adult staff, they held two full-length performances of the Broadway musical "Matilda" in HNJ's school yard last weekend. Despite the heat and humidity, the shows were a great success!
Bishop DiMarzio’s column in the June 5 edition of The Tablet is well worth reading, especially in light of last weekend's return of the obligation to attend Mass. As the Bishop states: “We need the Eucharist to heal us from the ill effects of this pandemic.” We did see an increase in attendance last weekend, and hope those numbers will continue to rise. Please attend Sunday Mass in person unless you have a serious reason for not doing so. As a reminder: current Diocesan guidelines state that masks are mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated, and recommended for those who have been.
Although we've met our Diocesan-mandated 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal goal, we are still $30,000 behind where we were last year. Remember: All “over Goal” donations will be returned to HNJ Parish to help us reduce our debt obligations. If you haven’t already, please make a pledge. To donate, you can:
Thank you for your generosity!
Father's Day is Sunday, June 20. Throughout June, we will pray for all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles, etc.—both living and deceased—whom you wish to have remembered. Please send your requests to the Rectory Office or put them in the collection baskets. These prayer intentions will be on the altar for the month of June, and we will list the names of those for whom we will be praying in the bulletin.
Please pick up a bulletin in Church, or read it online, for more information about the above items.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend — and please continue to pray for the reduction of violence and division in our great nation.
Fr. Larry Ryan