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Lent

On February 17, 2021, we begin the sacred season of Lent.

Lent is a season of repentance and renewal.  Over the next 40 days, we invite you to rediscover who God is for you, to renew your faith from the inside out. 

Join us during these 40 days to grow in a deeper relationship with God. Come to know Christ in a real and personal way, as you take time for prayer, serving with others for others, and raising awareness and funds for those in need. 

We invite you to explore the event calendars on the accompanying pages as we journey together in faith, hope and love.

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Wednesday, February 17

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline.  The sprinkling of the ashes upon our heads is an outward sign of our desire to return to God with our whole heart, mind and soul.

Queens Campus

Masses: 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Prayer Services: 10:30 a.m., 4:40 p.m.
Location: St. Thomas More Church
Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected], 718-990-2125   

Staten Island Campus

Mass: 12:15 p.m., Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center
Prayer Service: 10:30 a.m., Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center
Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected], 718-390-4473

 

 

 

 

Queens Schedule St. Thomas More Church Mass Schedule

Daily Mass

MondayFriday:

8:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 

Sunday

11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Student Mass also live streamed at www.stjohns.edu/church) 

Reconciliation Schedule

Monday–Friday: 11:50 a.m. - 12;20 p.m.
Sunday: 4:50 p.m.- 5:20 p.m.

First Sunday of every month: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Reconciliation Monday

March 29: 1–5 p.m.

Staten Island Schedule - St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Daily Mass

Monday–Friday: 12:15 p.m.

Sunday

5 p.m. (Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center)

Reconciliation Schedule

Sundays before Mass at 4:30 p.m. and Monday–Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Day of Reconciliation

March 29, 10 a.m. to noon and 1–2 p.m.

Your 2021 Lent "Tool Kit"

Date & Time: Beginning February 17th through March 22nd

Description: As we begin our journey this Lent season, register for your "tool kit" sent directly to your home - to assist you as we pray and reflect during this most holy season as a St. John's community. Simply complete this link:  www.bit.ly/CMLentToolKit

Contact: For more information contact: Angela Seegel
[email protected];                               
718-990-2680

CRS Rice Bowl Campaign

Date & Time: Kickoff is Ash Wednesday- Feb. 17, 2021 ~ through Easter

Description: The 40 Days of Lent 

Boxes distributed at St. Thomas More Church*
*Entirely virtual participation also possible: https://www.crsricebowl.org/
Follow @stjohnsCRS on Instagram to join STJ community.

Social Justice Book Club

Date & Time: Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Location: Virtually

Description: Social Justice Book Club is committed to equity inclusive narratives by way of the topics, genres, authors and stories we read. This semester, our book is The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú. Join the club! First 25 registrants receive a free copy of the book.

Contact: Victoria O’Keefe
[email protected]
718-990-8075

Wednesday Lenten Reflection Series

Date & Time: Posted on IGTV Wednesdays during Lent: Feb 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Description:Each Wednesday during Lent a student will offer a brief 3-4 minute reflection on Lenten themes as well as their own faith journey.  These reflections will be posted on the Campus Ministry Instagram/IGTV page and will be made available throughout the coming week.

Contact: Norm Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation
[email protected]

Friday Feast

Date & Time: Beginning February 19th, Every Friday during Lent @stjohnscampmin on Instagram

Description: Join us on Instagram every Friday for a short 10-minute meatless recipe to fill your soul and stomach this Lent.

Contact: Jimmy Walters at [email protected] for more information

Friday Prayer, Song and Faith Sharing

Date & Time: Fridays @ 4:00 on Zoom on Feb 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26

Description: St. John’s Music Ministry hosts a weekly prayer opportunity every Friday. 

The program last approximately 30 minutes and includes time for prayer, song, and reflection.  Students come together in a supportive, inclusive and affirming space to offer support and encouragement during these challenging times.  Led by Norm Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation and student leaders, Matt Ventura and Rachel Burgos.

Contact: Norm Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation
[email protected]

2021 Lent Retreat 

Date & Time: February 20, 2010; Time:  TBD

Description: As we begin our journey this Lent season, please join us on our first Lent Retreat to pray and reflect what Lent means to each of us individually and how to make this a special opportunity.  More details coming soon!

Contact: For more information contact: Cydni Joubert; [email protected] 

R.C.I.A. Rite of Election

Date & Time: February 21 at 5:30 p.m. Mass

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: Students make their commitment to continue their spiritual formation toward the Reception of the sacraments of Initiation during Easter.

Contact: Andrea Pinnavaia, [email protected]; 718-990-3346

Appreciate U

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 23rd & March 16th at 8 pm

Description: Join us on Instagram to meditate on your gifts and talents, and how you can use them in service to others.

Contact: Jimmy Walters at [email protected] for more information

CRS Global Campus Event: Catholic Relief Services & Global Development

Date & Time: Feb. 24, 2021 @ 10am-11:30am ET

Location: Virtual on Webex- Must Register https://bit.ly/2YXiLcw

Description: Come learn from CRS International Fellow Clare Gooding about life in the field of international development. Clare has served post in Sierra Leone and currently Laos. Participants will also get to hear from esteemed student panelists already advancing global justice work in their development touchpoints at the university. Please be sure to register for this event.  https://bit.ly/2YXiLcw

Contact: Victoria O’Keefe; [email protected]; 718-990-8075

“Antiracism: An Interfaith Response to Oppression" with Eboo Patel, Founder, and President of IFYC.

Date & Time: February 25 @ 1:50-3:00 p.m. (via Webex)

Description: “The only way the nation feasts is if diverse communities contribute.” Dr. Patel’s work through the Interfaith Youth Core, is to make interfaith cooperation a norm in America.  He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, civic engagement, and the intersection of racial equity and interfaith cooperation.   Eboo Patel is an author of four books, dozens of articles, and a frequent keynote speaker at universities.  He served on President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. Register at www.stjohns.edu/eboopatelevent

Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected]; 718-990-2125   

Three Things Talks

Date & Time: February 27 @ 10:30-11:30a.m.  (via Webex)

Description: “The Psalms: 150 Conversations with God” with Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Executive Director of St. John’s University, Vincentian Center for Church & Society.

Each psalm presents a person who turns to his/her God with a prayer that arises from a human heart. The Psalter captures experiences of every kind and echoes voices of need, contrition, and thanksgiving. In our conversation, we shall reflect on these words of our ancestors in faith and recognize how they continue to be our words.

Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected]; 718-990-2125

Thursday Coffee and Convo

Date & Time: Thursday’s March 3rd, 10th, 17th at 7 pm

Description: Join Residence Ministry this March for a virtual conversation relating to faith and what matters. Topics in antiracism, social justice, and relationships.

Jimmy Walters at [email protected] for more information

Remembering Fr. Michael D. Whalen, C.M., Priest, Teacher, Colleague

Date & Time: Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pm

Description: Virtual Memorial Service to remember our beloved priest, teacher, and colleague from the Theology and Religious Studies department.   More Details to follow

Contact: Christopher Vogt Ph.D., [email protected]; 718-990-1556

Profiles of Courageous Faith: An Interfaith Dialogue"

Sponsored by Campus Ministry’s Interfaith Council

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16 from 5–6:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual via Webex

Description: Who are the heroines and heroes of your faith tradition?  What do they share for our society today?  This event includes a dialogue of a panel from various faith traditions to highlight those individuals who were or are currently influential in particular faiths;  that teach and inspire us for what is best for the common good of all in our diverse, pluralistic society here in New York City.   These heroines and heroes can inspire many whether you profess a particular religion or not. 

Dr. Robert Rivera Associate Professor in St. John’s Theology and Religious Studies department will be the Moderator.  There will be a panel of 4-5 representatives of diverse faiths chosen by our St. John’s students.  Please mark your calendars so you can your faith traditions can attend.

Register at: www.stjohns.edu/interfaithdialogue

Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected], 718-990-2125

Virtual Choir Performance | LENT 2021

Date & Time: Release date - Thursday, April 8 - see upcoming Instagram posts for details

Description: St. John’s Music Ministry will release another virtual choir performance of “Put On Love” by Ben Smith and Nate More of Maverick City Music and arranged and produced by Norm Gouin.

Contact: Norm Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation
[email protected]

Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.)  Livestreamed from St. Thomas More Church

Description: Like an actual Pilgrimage to Lourdes, the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™ is a holy encounter with God under the watchful care of Our Lady of Lourdes.  The Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™ re-creates a pilgrimage to Lourdes without ever leaving home.  This prayerful experience draws pilgrims nearer to God in the company of Our Lady as they are guided through a prayerful visit to the Grotto, the experience of the water, prayer in a Rosary procession, and a Eucharistic blessing.

Contact: Rev. John Holliday, C.M.; [email protected]; (718) 674-0515

Prayer Service for Reconciliation and Racial Justice

Date & Time: March 29, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. in person event and livestreamed at https://www.stjohns.edu/church

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: “Holy Week, also known as “Passion Week” is the central time of the Church’s year. The Monday of that week is known in our diocese as Reconciliation Monday - a time to prepare yourself fully to enter into Christ’s passion and death toward the glory of the resurrection by acknowledging the times we have fallen short of living the Gospel. We invite you to join us this Reconciliation Monday for a student-led prayer service, in person at St. Thomas More Church during common hour, to pray for the victims of racism, injustice, and brutality, to lift up those who are experiencing suffering, and reflect upon what we have done and what we have failed to do.  During this time of reflection, we will pray for those who have died, for peace in our communities, and for an end to racial injustices. Opportunities for sacramental confession will be available before and after the service.

Contact: Andrea Pinnavaia; [email protected]​​​​​​​

Virtual Simple Suppers

​​​​​​​Date & Time: Alternating Monday’s and Wednesday’s throughout Lent

Dependent on Registrant Time Slots

​​​​​​​Location: Instagram Live & Pre-recorded; @stjohnsCRS

Description: Simple Suppers are part of the annual CRS Rice Bowl Campaign. This year, join CRS Ambassadors of Global Justice and university employees, as we learn and cook simple, meatless recipes from around the globe. Consider deepening the meaning to your fasting, prayer, and alms this Lent. https://www.crsricebowl.org/recipe

Contact: Victoria O’Keefe; [email protected]; 718-990-8075

Busy People's Retreat

​​​​​​​Date & Time: Times are flexible throughout the semester

​​​​​​​Location: Queens Campus

Description: Make time to engage your spirituality within your busy schedule.  The BPR is an individual retreat experience for people who do not have the time to go away.  How it works:  at your convenience, meet up daily for 30 minutes, over the course of four days, for a conversation with Brother Mike to discuss your spiritual life and how you can grow closer to the Lord.

Contact: Bro. Mike Sheerin, [email protected] for more information

CRS Rice Bowl

Dates: February 17–April 7

Description: Can be picked up anytime in Notre Dame House or St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Return to Notre Dame House by April 7. Use the month of February and March to put aside some money each day to help the poor of the world. This is also an opportunity to pray for the poor and give up that bag of chips or eat a little less for lunch or dinner. 

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473

Busy People's Retreat

Date/Time: Register for time to meet during Lent from February 17 until March 10

Location: Staten Island Campus

Description: Make time to engage your spirituality within your busy schedule.  The BPR is an individual retreat experience for people who do not have the time to go away.  How it works:  at your convenience, meet up daily for 30 minutes, over the course of four days, for a conversation with a campus minister to discuss your spiritual life and how you can grow closer to the Lord.

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473

Your 2021 Lent "Tool Kit"

Date/Time: Beginning February 17th through March 22nd

Description: As we begin our journey this Lent season, register for your "tool kit" sent directly to your home - to assist you as we pray and reflect during this most holy season as a St. John's community. Simply complete this link:  www.bit.ly/CMLentToolKit

Contact: Allison McGarvey [email protected] 718-390-4292

Lent Book Club (Virtual)

Date/Time: February 23, March 2, 16, 30 @ 7p.m. Virtual

Description: Reflect on the topic of Forgivingness as a way to help you grow and become a better people. The book “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody” by, Allen R. Hunt, will be read for our discussion. Sign up at the link below by 2/19 and we will mail you the book for the discussion with instructions on what to read for the first meeting as well as the link for the discussion. Simply complete this link. All are welcome. Sign up at http://bit.ly/lentbookclub

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473

Virtual Lent Reflection

Date/Time: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Description: This is a weekly reflection/discussion based on the daily reflections from Dynamic Catholic.  You can sign up at dynamiccatholic.com to view these short daily reflections to prepare for the discussion or just join us to reflect more on how you live your life as you prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. All are welcome!

Sign up at http://bit.ly/lentreflection21

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473

Rosary

Date/Time: February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 12:45pm (Virtual)

Description: For about a thousand years, a widely used meditation among Christians has been the rosary. The rosary is a beautiful combination of prayers and meditations on specific events in the life of Jesus. In the rosary, we meditate and pray at the same time. Come join us in meditating together on the life of Jesus through his mother Mary.

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473 

“Antiracism: An Interfaith Response to Oppression" with Eboo Patel, Founder and President of IFYC.

Date/Time: February 25 at 1:50-3:00 p.m.(via Webex)

Description:  “The only way the nation feasts is if diverse communities contribute.”  Dr. Patel’s work through the Interfaith Youth Core, is to make interfaith cooperation a norm in America.  He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, civic engagement, and the intersection of racial equity and interfaith cooperation.  Eboo Patel is an author of four books, dozens of articles, and a frequent keynote speaker at universities.  He served on President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council.                                                                                     Register at www.stjohns.edu/eboopatelevent

Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected]; 718-990-2125                                                              

Three Things Talks

Date/Time: February 27 at 10:30-11:30a.m.  (via Webex)

Description: “The Psalms: 150 Conversations with God” with Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Executive Director of St. John’s University, Vincentian Center for Church & Society.

Each psalm presents a person who turns to his/her God with a prayer that arises from a human heart. The Psalter captures experiences of every kind and echoes voices of need, contrition, and thanksgiving. In our conversation, we shall reflect on these words of our ancestors in faith and recognize how they continue to be our words.

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473

Stations of the Cross

Date/Time: Fridays February 19- March 26 at 3:15p.m. Virtual

Description: The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us.

Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected]; 718-390-4473

QUEENS CAMPUS

Palm Sunday, The Passion of the Lord

Date & Time: Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses

Location: St. Thomas More Church 

Description: Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David" and "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King

Contact:  Dennis Gallagher, [email protected]; 718-990-2125

Reconciliation Monday

Date & Time: Monday, March 29, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More Church

Description: Sacrament of Reconciliation: As is customary during Lent, Catholics receive this sacrament of forgiveness to obtain divine mercy for the sins committed against God and neighbor and are reconciled with the community of the Church.

Contact:  Dennis Gallagher, [email protected]; 718-990-2125

Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper

Date & Time: Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church also live streamed at www.stjohns.edu/church

Description: The Triduum begins with this celebration of the Last Supper that Jesus took with his disciples. It is one of the oldest celebrations, dating back to the first century Church. Holy Thursday is the "day of the new commandment," the new commandment being that Christians should love one another, just as Christ has loved them.

Contact:  Fr. John Holliday, C.M., [email protected]; 718-674-0515

Good Friday, Veneration of the Cross & Reproaches

Date & Time:  Friday, April 2 at 3 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More Church also live streamed at www.stjohns.edu/church

Description:  Come pray with us on this holy day that commemorates the day Jesus died on the cross.

Contact:  Fr. John Holliday, C.M., [email protected]; 718-674-0515

Easter Vigil

Date & Time: Saturday, April 3 at 9 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More Church also live streamed at www.stjohns.edu/church

Description: Be present at this beautiful, solemn vigil during the night, held in anticipation of the resurrection, when the Easter celebration begins, with a spirit of joy that overflows from Christ’s resurrection.

Contact:  Fr. John Holliday, C.M., [email protected]; 718-674-0515

STATEN ISLAND CAMPUS

Palm Sunday Mass

Date & Time: Sunday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

Location: Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center

Day of Reconciliation

Date & Time: Monday, March 29 from 10 a.m.–Noon and 1–2 p.m.

Location: Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center

Mass

Date & Time: Monday, March 29 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center
 

Mass

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 30 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center

Description: The Staten Island Campus will be closed from Holy Thursday, April 1st, until Monday, April 5th. No services will be held on campus for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Easter. Anyone interested in attending any of the Triduum services at local parishes, please contact the Campus Ministry office at 718-390-4473; [email protected], and we will be happy to provide you with information and transportation if needed.

MONDAYS

Miraculous Medal Novena

Time: 12:50 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: The Miraculous Medal was revealed to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830.  St. Catherine was a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and her vision of Our Lady occurred in the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France.  As a Vincentian University, St. John’s continues this devotion to the Blessed Mother by praying the Novena as a community every Monday after 8:00 a.m. Mass and after the 12:15 p.m.                     

Contact: Andrea Pinnavaia, [email protected]; 718-990-3346

Monday Rosary

Date/Time: Live streamed Mondays throughout Lent - Feb 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @stjohnscampmin on Instagram

Description: Music minister and CMSA for Music, Marie-Josephe Sanou will lead the rosary from St. Thomas More Church along with a music offering each Monday during Lent following the 12:15 p.m. Mass.  Join us at 12:45 p.m. on Mondays for this time of devotional prayer.     

Contact: Norm Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation
Email: [email protected]

TUESDAYS

Tuesday Holy Hour:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Date/Time: Live streamed Tuesdays throughout Lent—Feb 23, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @stjohnscampmin on Instagram

Description: One hour of prayer with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Holy Hour is 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Catholics to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecratedhost. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration, prayer, and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are believed to be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist, the real presence of Christ.

Contact: Rev. John Holliday, [email protected]; 718-674-0515

WEDNESDAYS

St. Joseph Novena

Date/Time: Every Wednesday at the conclusion of the 12:15 p.m. mass

FRIDAYS

Stations of the Cross 

Date/Time: Every Friday during Lent at 3:15 p.m. starting Friday, February 19th until Friday, March 26

Location: St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus

Description: The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us. This year we will pray the Stations of the Cross following a traditional model and will pray the Stations of the Cross with prayers and reflections from Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis.

Contact: Fr. John Holliday,  [email protected]; 718-674-0515

Lent 2021 Video Series: ‘Prayer in Motion'

Lenten Series, a co-production of the Vincentians of the Eastern Province and the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (Miraculous Medal Shrine). 

www.miraculousmedal.org/lent-2021

Description: Join us on a Lenten journey about the transformative power of prayer…

 Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 4, we will release daily video reflections on Prayer in Motion: The Transformative Power of Prayer. These short daily reflections feature men and women from all walks of life, discussing how prayer has led to personal growth and change.

 As these stories will show, if we're open to personal reflection and open communication with God, our lives will be transformed in unpredictable ways. We'll experience a deeper peace, a stronger sense of purpose, and sense of personal and communal well-being.

 Also, you can sign up to receive these daily videos directly to your personal or business email here: https://miraculousmedal.org/uncategorized/register-to-receive-lenten-reflections/

Facebook: https://fb.watch/3t6xrLl8Mj/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiracMedlShrine/status/1357694355566395392?s=20
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CK6Nne2MjDH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Youtube: https://youtu.be/Ka_Y779euq4
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/507700420

Contact: Christopher Grosso, Communications Manager
Congregation of the Mission
Eastern Province
215-848-1010 x.226
[email protected]

St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) Weekly Reflection

Date/Time: TBD

Location: TBD virtually

Description: For Lent, SVDP will be hosting Vincentian Time: a time to learn about and reflect on the Vincentian Mission. We will begin the week with a quote/short piece from a longtime Vincentian on campus (priest, campus ministry staff, mission office staff, professors, etc.), host an Instagram/Zoom reflection ourselves as an org middle of the week, end the week with a quote or reflection from new Vincentians (students on campus and in SVDP).

Contact: Sister Pat Evanick DC. [email protected], 718 990-6115