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On March 6, 2019, we begin the sacred season of Lent.

This Lent, we invite you to rediscover the beautiful possibilities God places before us daily. Find time this Lent to seek deeply personal answers to your deeply personal questions.  

Join us during these 40 days to grow in a deeper relationship with God. Come to know Jesus 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. Lent presents a unique and sacred opportunity to renew your spirit. Will you join us?

We invite you to explore the event calendars on the accompanying pages as we pray as one faith community of St. John's University.

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Wednesday, March 6

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 ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

Queens Campus

Masses: 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 4:35 p.m.
Location: St. Thomas More Church
Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected], 718-990-2125   

Staten Island Campus

Mass: 12:15 p.m., St. Vincent De Paul Chapel
Prayer Service: 10:30 a.m., St. Vincent De Paul Chapel
Prayer Service: 3:15 p.m., St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
Contact: Stephen DeBlasio, [email protected], 718-390-4473

Prayer Service for Distribution of Ashes:

Location: Law School-Mattone Family Atrium, 3:15 p.m.
Contact: Rev. John Gouldrick, C.M., [email protected], 718-990-1954

Prayer Service for Distribution of Ashes:

Location: Manhattan Campus Lobby, 11 a.m.
Contact: Rev. John Holliday, C.M., [email protected], 718-674-0515

Queens Schedule St. Thomas More Church

Daily Mass

MondayFriday: 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.


11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Student Mass)

Reconciliation Schedule

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

Reconciliation Monday

April 15: 1–5 p.m., 7–8 p.m.

Staten Island Schedule St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Daily Mass

Monday–Friday: 12:15 p.m.


6 p.m. (St. Vincent De Paul Chapel)

Reconciliation Schedule

Sundays before Mass at 5:30 p.m. and Monday–Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Day of Reconciliation

April 15, 10 a.m. to noon and 1–2 p.m.

CRS RiceBowl Campaign

Date & Time: Kickoff on Sunday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. Mass
(Ash Wednesday falls during Spring Break this year, March 6)
Program lasts through Easter, April 21, 2019

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: The CRS RiceBowl Campaign encompasses prayer, fasting and almsgiving to accompany individuals on their Lenten journey. Each year, the CRS Ambassadors disseminate RiceBowls to the university community in which people can add their monetary donations or spare change to throughout Lent. The bowls also offer daily reflections and those who choose to receive bowl may also sign up for Lenten emails with scripture quotes and invitations to events like Simple Suppers. Bowls are collected following Easter and all donations are sent to Catholic Relief Services. To learn more about where those donations directly go, click here.

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

CRS Global Campus & Democratic Republic of Congo

Title: Rape as Weapon of war: Crime of War and Crime Against Humanity

Date & Time: March 11, 10:40 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Location: D'Angelo Center

Description: Join us by for a discussion on the rights of women to Protection and Reparations (Eastern Congo and Rwanda) lead by Leocadie Lushombo, Boston College (*Co-Sponsored by Africana studies & CRS Global Campus)

Meeting Jesus in Prayer (Book/Discussion/Prayer Group)

Date & Time: Pick up the book anytime.

Location: St. Thomas More Church Campus Ministry Office

Description: How is your prayer life? Chances are at one point or another, you have experienced prayer that is fruitful, prayed here and there without any real intention or routine, or stopped praying all together. Well, you're not the only one. Prayer is the real foundation of a relationship with Christ, and although it can be joyful and fruitful, it can also be rather challenging at times. 

In My Encounter: How I Met Jesus in Prayer, Chika Anyawu, an international Catholic speaker, shares the journey of prayer — the highs and lows, the joys and the challenges. Her story will inspire you to dive deeper into prayer, even when it's difficult, and give you hope, encouraging you to trust in the fact that you are not alone.

Pick up a free copy of this book to use in your prayer this for Lent and beyond. 

Please sign up here or stop into the St. Thomas More Church office if you are interested.

Lent Tool Kit

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 12 Noon—2 p.m.

Location: Montgoris Dining Hall

Description: Stop by for a Lent Tool Kit to prepare you for the holy season. Tool kits include prayer cards, online resources, and information on upcoming programming.

Contact: Jordan Bouchard; [email protected]; 718-990-3354

Social Justice Book Club

Date & Time: March 13, Check-in Date: March 20, Final Reflection: March 27

Location: TBD from 6-8 p.m., Coffee & Dessert served

Description: Join us as for the Social Justice Book Series with the NY Times Best Seller The Hate You Give by: Angie Thomas. ALL SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB MEMBERS RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK!

About the Book… Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.  But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

On March 13 all are welcome to meet and become acquainted with the book.

On March 20 we will be meeting half way through the book to discuss what we have read so far.

On March 27 we will come together to reflect on the story and also have an opportunity to develop our response as a book club.

Interfaith "Speed Faithing" 

Date and Time: Thursday, March 14, 1:50 to 3:15 p.m.

Location: DAC 208

Description: Opportunity to meet and share with others who have a different faith tradition, with the goal of deepening understanding of others’ faith stories.  Format resembles Speed Dating!

Contact: S. Nora Gatto, D.C., 718-990-6426; [email protected]

Busy People Retreat for Staff and Students

Date & Time: Ongoing & Flexible

Location: Queens Campus

Description: Make time to engage your spirituality within your busy schedule. The Busy People Retreat is an individual retreat experience for students and staff who don’t have time to go away. It is an easy retreat experience while remaining on campus and going to classes. How it works: At your convenience, meet up daily for a 30 minute conversation with a campus minister to discuss your spirituality.

Contact: Bro. Mike Sheerin, [email protected]; 718-990-7604

R.C.I.A. Rite of Election

Date & Time: Sunday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. Mass

Location: St. Thomas More Church

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

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

Human Trafficking Unveiled: Women Speak Out

Date & Time: March 19, 5-6:30 p.m.

Location: President's Room

Description: A conversation with Survivors and Activists:  Mely Lenario, Marietta Latonoio, and Sr. Angela Reed, RSM (*Co-sponsored VCCS, the Ladies of Charity and CRS Global Campus)

Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus 

Date & Time: Wednesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10 at 8:00pm

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: One way to enter into Jesus’ Passion is to meditate on Jesus’ crucifixion and the many wounds he suffered out of love for us. It is an ancient devotion in the Church, one that has roots in the New Testament. For example, in the First Letter of John we read, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Join us as we pray this student initiated and student led beautiful devotion to Jesus’ Passion called the “Chaplet of the Precious Blood.” It contains powerful prayers that can be prayed using an ordinary rosary. These devotional prayers should take 45 minutes to 1 hour. Prayer materials will be provided. 

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

Dynamic Catholic "Best Lent Ever"

Date & Time: March 18, 25  April 1, 8, 15 at 1:50-3:15pm (Common Hour)

Location: D’Angelo Center Rm. 207 except on April 8—D’Angelo Center Rm. 209

Description: “Best Lent Ever” is a free program available from Dynamic Catholic that, through daily readings and reflections, will guide you on a incredible journey toward the “best-version-of-yourself.” From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you will discover ways to transform your life in forty days. We will meet on Monday afternoons during Lent to discuss our progress during the weeks of Lent. 

Sign up at:

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

Faith & Friendship

Date & Time: Sunday March 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Daly Conference Room

Description: Following Mass, join us for grilled cheese, friendship and time for reflection on how Mass and your Lenten season inspired you.

Contact: Jimmy Walters, [email protected]; 718-990-6327

CRS Global Campus: Solidarity with Survivors: Personal, Social, and Aesthetic Responses to Human Trafficking

Date & Time: March 25, 12:15- 1:40 p.m.

Location: DAC 416 B

Description: Dr. Nichole Flores, UVA

SEARCH 13 Retreat

Date & Time:  March 29 to March 31, 5 p.m. Friday to 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Location: Meet at St. Thomas More Church, travel to Immaculate Conception Seminary

Description: Come join a St. John’s tradition that hundreds of students have now participated in—the SEARCH Retreat. SEARCH is a three-day spiritual journey where you there is opportunities for both individual and group prayer, reflection, journaling, free time, fun activities and even opportunities for adoration, reconciliation and spiritual discussions. This is the perfect opportunity for one to cleanse their mind, body soul and of course, heart. Cost is $40. Transportation and meals provided.

Contact: S. Nora Gatto, D.C., 718-990-6426; [email protected]

Simple Suppers

Date & Time: After Sunday Night Mass: March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Fr. Daly Conference Room, St. Thomas More Church

Description: Lenten Simple Suppers free us. It helps us feel our physical hunger, and in turn, our  spiritual hunger for the infinite love found only in God. We gather in community, for a simple, vegetarian meal, an opportunity to eat while living in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. You may wish to donate the money you would have spent on dinner to your CRS RiceBowl.

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

Bereavement Mass

Date & Time:  Thursday April 4 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description:  Come support and honor our St. John’s Community members who have lost a family member, friend, or colleague due to death.

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

Sinai's Praise Dance Ministry - Called to Action

Date & Time:  Sunday April 7 at 5 p.m.

Location:  Little Theatre

Description:  Join Sinai’s Praise dance Ministry at their annual showcase, where their mission comes alive: “God speaks, we dance.”  The theme for this year’s showcase is Called to Action.  Spend the night in prayer and reflection, as members minister (through dance) the many ways we are called to action through God’s grace.

Contact:  Angela Seegel, [email protected]; 718-990-2680

CRS Global Campus: Using Graphic Novels to Raise Social Justice Awareness

Date & Time: April 8at 12:15- 1:40 p.m.

Location: Ozanam Lounge

Description: Dr. Sherine Hamdy, UC – Irvine

CRS Global Campus: U.S./Mexico Border Crisis and Connections between Migration and Human Trafficking

Date & Time: April 15

Location: TBD

Description: Dr. Sherine Hamdy, UC – Irvine

CRS Rice Bowl

Dates: March 6–April 24

Description: Can be picked up anytime in Notre Dame House or St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Return to Notre Dame House by April 24. Use the month of March and April 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

Register from March 6 until March 15 (For a time to meet during Lent)

Description: Make time to engage your spirituality within your busy schedule. The Busy People’s Retreat is an individual retreat experience for people who do not have 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

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Dates & Time: Fridays after 12:15 p.m. Mass

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Description: An opportunity to meet Jesus in the Eucharistic through prayer, reflection, and meditation, in the quiet of the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel 

Contact: Fr. Tri Duong, C. M., [email protected]; 718-390-4305 

CRS Global Campus: Global Justice & Democratic Republic of Congo

Date & Time:  March 12

Location: TBD

Description: Leocadie Lushombo

CRS Global Campus: U.S./Mexico Border Crisis and Connections between Migration and Human Trafficking

Date & Time: March 16

Location: TBD

Description: Dr. Sherine Hamdy, UC – Irvine

Poverty and Lent

Date & Time: Thursday, March 21, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Black Box, Spellman Hall

Description: Discussion on the poverty situation among some of our own students on campus and learn ways to identify and assist students with their concerns. How to bring Fast-Prayer and Almsgiving into our daily lives on campus.

Contact: Fr. Tri Duong, C. M., [email protected]; 718-390-4305 

Christian Paradoxes: A Lenten Reflection Dr. Robert Delfino

Date & Time: Thursday, March 28, 2-3 p.m.

Location: Kiernan Suite

Description: Often we think of Lent as a time of "giving up things" that we like. Many of us don't look forward to what seems like a lessening of our freedom. But could it be that giving these things up actually makes us more free? This is one of the Paradoxes of the Christian life that will be discussed in this Lenten reflection.

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

RSVP: Rosemarie Sussex, [email protected]; 718-390-4475

Rediscover Your Faith

Date & Time: Thursday, April 4, 2-3 p.m.

Location: Black Box, Spellman Hall

Description: Take this opportunity to learn about others faith traditions, so we can better understand and appreciate one another.  It is also an opportunity for us to learn how others pray.

Contact: Fr. Tri Duong, C. M., [email protected]; 718-390-4305 

Day of Reconciliation

Date & Time: 10 a.m. to noon and 1–2 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Contact: Fr. Tri Duong, C. M., [email protected]; 718-390-4305 


Palm Sunday, The Passion of the Lord

Date & Time: Sunday, April 14, 11:00 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, April 15, 1-5 p.m.; 7-8 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 18, 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More 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 19 at 3 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More Church

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

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

Easter Vigil

Date & Time: Saturday, April 20 at  9 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More 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


Palm Sunday Mass

Date & Time: Sunday, April 14 at 6 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel 

Day of Reconciliation

Date & Time: Monday, April 15 from 10 a.m.–Noon and 1–2 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel


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

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 16 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 17 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

The Staten Island Campus will be closed from Holy Thursday, April 18, until Monday, April 22. 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.

Vincentian Service Opportunities

To see our regular service opportunities please click here.

Prayer Opportunities


Program Title: Faith Sharing After Sunday Night 5:30 p.m. Mass

Date & Time: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, directly after Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: Students welcome to meet for a short time after Mass to share what is on their hearts, what stood out for them at Mass, who in your life we can hold up in prayer.

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


Program Title:  Monday Night Rosary

Date & Time:  March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More Church

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:  Ernest Buckley, [email protected]. 718-990-2688


Program Title:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Date & Time:  Every Tuesday, 12:50 -1:30 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church                                             

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


Program Title: Fair Trade Fridays - Fair Trade Pop Up Shops

Description: This Lent join find the Fair Trade Pop Up Shop around campus. At the shop you have an  opportunity to learn more about justice through Fair Trade, sample Fair Trade products like chocolate and tea, and even purchase your own Fair Trade goods- ethically sourced products at an affordable cost. You can also find out ways to become more involved. This Lent, make your purchases count and support the common good through ethically sourced goods!

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

Program Title: Stations of the Cross

Date & Time: Fridays: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12 at 3:15 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church

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, C.M., [email protected]; 718-674-0515

An easy prayer for Lent: "Reimagining the Examen: Simple meditations, 34 Examen Mediations"

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