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Lent

On February 26, 2020, 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 26

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 cross of ashes on the forehead 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., 7:30 p.m.
Prayer Services: 10 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., St. Vincent De Paul Chapel
Prayer Service: 10:30 a.m., DaSilva Lobby
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, 
Contact: Rev. John Holliday, C.M., [email protected], 718-674-0515

Prayer Service for Distribution of Ashes:

Location: Bartilucci Center 
Contact: Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick, CSJ, [email protected], 718-990-8407

Rome Campus

6:45 a.m. Mass with Distribution of Ashes at Church of Santa Sabina
1:30 p.m. Mass with Distribution of Ashes in Rm. 214 (Aula Magna)
7:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Word (No Mass) with Distribution of the Ashes in Rm. 214 (Aula Magna)
Contact: Deacon William Frei at [email protected] ; or Rev. James Platania at [email protected]

 

 

 

Queens Schedule St. Thomas More Church Mass Schedule

Daily Mass

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

Sunday

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

Reconciliation Schedule

Monday–Friday: 11:50 a.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. (before the 5:30 p.m. Mass)

Reconciliation Monday

April 6: 1–5 p.m., 7–8 p.m.

Staten Island Schedule St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Daily Mass

Monday–Friday: 12:15 p.m.

Sunday

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 6, 10 a.m. to noon and 1–2 p.m.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday (Pancakes with all the toppings) with RSA!

Date & Time: February 25, 7–9 p.m.

Location: Montgoris Dining Hall 

Description: Join RSA and Campus Ministry to celebrate Fat Tuesday with Pancakes!  An old tradition of eating pancakes on Fat Tuesday to clean the cupboards and indulge a bit before we take on the fasting for Lent! You can make your own or come by for some warm yummy pancakes!

Contact: Meg Rodriguez at 718-990-5058 or [email protected]

CRS RiceBowl Campaign

Date & Time: Kickoff on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at all Masses
Program lasts through Easter Sunday, April 12

Location: St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus

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]

Stations of the Cross 

Date & Time: Every Friday during Lent at 3:15 p.m. starting Friday, February 28th until Friday, April 3

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.

Prayers for Spring Break Service Immersion Participants serving in Washington, DC - Los Angeles, CA - Denver, CO - Macon, GA

Date & Time: Saturday, February 29 through Saturday, March 7; Daily

Description: During this week, over 40 students will participate in service in a variety of locations where they will be emerged in Vincentian mission work in their given city.  Please include these students, and those they serve in prayers this week.  We pray that these encounters are transformative, and participants can recognize the long-term application in their lives as essential to their Vincentian service experience.

Vincentian service immersions links service, faith and justice together as part of the development and education of our students. By serving domestically and internationally alongside our Vincentian communities, students are afforded the opportunity to be engaged and act/work in solidarity with society’s most marginalized communities.  Key elements of every experience are Spirituality, Simple Living, Community Building, Solidarity, and Service. These key elements are grounded in the Vincentian charism, which offers a foundation for prayer and reflection.

Contact: Jordan Bouchard at [email protected] 

CRS Global Campus Events

Title: "Migrant Detention and Christian Ethics in Europe" - Dr. Anna Rowlands (University of Duham, UK)

Date & Time: March 11, 7:00 p.m.

Location: St. Augustine, 2nd Floor, CCC

Description: With more global migrants than ever before, learn about detention across the Atlantic and what faith filled response to realities of migration looks like.

Title: "Advocacy and Development Aid: Why it Matters" - Bill O'Keefe, Catholic Relief Services 

Date & Time: March 19, 12:15 p.m.

Location: D'Angelo Center, 416B

Description: Come learn from President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services on how you can be an advocate for aid, which transforms lives and builds resilience for the poor and most vulnerable in our world today.

Social Justice Book Club

Date & Time: March 11, Check-in Date: March 18, Final Reflection: March 25, 5–7 p.m.

Contact Victoria O'Keefe at [email protected] for meeting times and locations

Description: Join us as for the Social Justice Book Series: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú.

NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST

WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD

About the Book:  For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.

On March 11 all are welcome to meet and become acquainted with the book.

On March 18 we will be meeting half way through the book to discuss what we have read so far.

On March 25we will come together to reflect on the story and also have an opportunity to develop our response as a book club. 

At each meeting we will enjoy coffee and dessert. 

ALL SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB MEMBERS RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK!

R.C.I.A. Rite of Election

Date & Time: March 15 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: Andrea Pinnavaia, [email protected]; 718-990-3346

Simple Suppers

Date & Time: March 19, 4:30 p.m.

Location: Chef's Kitchen; Montgoris Dining Hall 

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. Join the CRS Ambassadors for a free cooking demonstration in Montgoris Dining Hall. The shared meal will be a simple supper recipe from the Rice Bowl Campaign. -You must register to participate; email Victoria O'Keefe, space is limited! 

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]

Interfaith Council presents, "Profiles of Courageous Faith: An Interfaith Dialogue"

Date & Time: Thursday, March 26 from 5–8 p.m.

Location: D'Angelo Center Rm. 416

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 include the audience in the dialogue with prayer and dinner to continue the dialogue and to build respectful relationships across campus.  Please mark your calendars so you can your faith traditions can attend.

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

SEARCH 13 Retreat

Date & Time:  March 27-29, 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: Cydni Joubert [email protected] 718 990-5057

SVDP Sandwich Drive

Date & Time: March 28 from 12–7 p.m.

Location: Manhattan, near Bryant Park

Description:Volunteers will come together to make bag lunches for the homeless.  The group will gather to make the sandwiches and assemble the bags which will include a special prayer.  All will then travel to the city and hand out the bags to those in need.  The group will then plan to return to campus for a light meal and will plan to spend time in reflection and prayer.

Contact: Rachel Burgos, [email protected]

Bilingual Mass

Date & Time:  Sunday, March 29 (Fifth Sunday of Lent), 12:15 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description:  Come celebrate with us.  Our guest celebrant will be Rev. Jose Diaz, parochial   vicar of the Church of St. Leo in Corona, Queens.

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

"7 Last Bars" on the last 7 sayings of Christ--Hip Hop/Praise & Worship/Spoken Word Performance 

Date & Time: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: The "7 Last Bars" is an urban depiction of the seven last sayings of Jesus from the cross that explores biblical content through lyrical expression. Arriving at the intersection of the sacred and secular, this event utilizes the art of hip-hop to convey the biblical narrative and events of the cross. 

First Friday Holy Hour

Date & Time:  Friday, April 3 from 12:45–1:45 p.m. 

Location:  St. Thomas More Church

Description: One hour of prayer with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Holy Hour begins immediately after the 12:15 pm daily Mass.

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

Bereavement Mass

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 7 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

The GIFTbox 

Date & Time: Queens Campus: Monday, April 30 through Friday, April 3

Location: Patio in front of St. Augustine Hall

Description

The GIFTbox is a walk-in street-sculpture now located on the St. John’s campus. On the outside of the box, it appears to be an elaborately wrapped gift inviting visitors inside with gift tags promising jobs and opportunities. Once inside, participants are faced with a different reality.  Featured inside are stories from survivors of human trafficking around the world who were lured in by such promises.

This unique project raises awareness of human trafficking by inviting participants to enter and read their stories, and talk to volunteers at the GIFTbox.  It is also a valuable opportunity to gather information on the issue and raise awareness about when to suspect human trafficking, or who may be victims of trafficking themselves.

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

Fall into Spring

Date & Time: TBD (weekend)

Location: Staten Island Campus

Description: Joint Easter activity on Staten Island campus with the St Vincent de Paul Society

Contact: Caitlin Neier at [email protected]

Busy People's Retreat

Date & Time: Throughout the semester

Location: Queens Campus

Description: Make time to engage your spirituality within your busy schedule. The Busy People’s Retreat is an individual retreat experience for students (and Staff) who do not have time to go away. It is an easy retreat experience while remaining on campus while on campus- How it works: At your convenience, meet up daily for a 30 minute conversation with Bro. Mike to discuss your spirituality.

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

CRS Rice Bowl

Dates: February 26–April 8

Description: Can be picked up anytime in Notre Dame House or St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Return to Notre Dame House by April 8. 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 for a time to meet during Lent from February 26th until March 13th (The meetings can be anytime that fits your schedule.) 

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 

CRS Global Campus Events

Title: "Migrant Detention and Christian Ethics in Europe" - Dr. Anna Rowlands (University of Duham, UK)

Date & Time: March 11, 10:00 a.m.

Location: Black Box Theater 

Description: With more global migrants than ever before, learn about detention across the Atlantic and what faith filled response to realities of migration looks like.

 

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]; 718-390-430

Poverty and Lent 

Date & Time: Monday, March 16 from 1:50–3 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  

The GIFTbox 

Date & Time: Staten Island Campus: Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27

Location: Plaza next to Spellman Hall (Near Black Box Theater)

Description

The GIFTbox is a walk-in street-sculpture now located on the St. John’s campus. On the outside of the box, it appears to be an elaborately wrapped gift inviting visitors inside with gift tags promising jobs and opportunities. Once inside, participants are faced with a different reality.  Featured inside are stories from survivors of human trafficking around the world who were lured in by such promises.

This unique project raises awareness of human trafficking by inviting participants to enter and read their stories, and talk to volunteers at the GIFTbox.  It is also a valuable opportunity to gather information on the issue and raise awareness about when to suspect human trafficking, or who may be victims of trafficking themselves.

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

Bereavement Mass 

Date & Time: Thursday, March 26 at 12:15 p.m. 

Location: Kelleher Center, Kiernan Suite 

Description: We remember members of the campus community who have passed over the last year at mass.  Praying for those who have died and their families. 

Contact: Rosemarie Sussex, [email protected] or 718-390-4475 

Interfaith Dialogue

Date & Time: Monday, April 6 at 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Kelleher Center, Kiernan Suite

Description: Fasting almsgiving and prayer in different religions. 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 

QUEENS CAMPUS

Palm Sunday, The Passion of the Lord

Date & Time: Sunday, April 5, 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. All are welcome to join us after Mass for a Community Dinner in the Fr. Daly Conference Room.

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

Reconciliation Monday

Date & Time: Monday, April 6, 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 9 at 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]; 718-990-0515

Good Friday, Veneration of the Cross & Reproaches

Date & Time:  Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

Location:  St. Thomas More 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]; 718-990-0515

Easter Vigil

Date & Time: Saturday, April 11 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]; 718-990-0515

STATEN ISLAND CAMPUS

Palm Sunday Mass

Date & Time: Sunday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel 

Day of Reconciliation

Date & Time: Monday, April 6 from 10 a.m.–Noon and 1–2 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

Mass

Date & Time: Monday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
 

Mass

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 7 at 12:15 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
 

Stations of the Cross

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

The Staten Island Campus will be closed from Holy Thursday, April 8 until Monday April 13.  No services will be held on campus for Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Easter. Anyone interested in attending any of the Tridium services in local parishes, please contact the Campus Ministry office at 718-390-4473 or email [email protected], and we will be happy to provide you with information and transportation.

Vincentian Service Opportunities

To see our regular weekly service opportunities please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Minister Jordan Bouchard at 718-990-3354.

Prayer Opportunities

MONDAYS

Program Title: Miraculous Medal Novena

Time: 12:50

Location: St. Thomas More Church

Description: TBD

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


TUESDAYS

Program Title:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Time: 12:50 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


THURSDAYS

Program Title: Rosary                                            

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: Norm Gouin, [email protected]; 718-990-2688

FRIDAYS

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 13, 20, 27, April 3 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.  We will be praying with reflections from Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis.

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

CRS Global Campus Events (during Lent)

February-CTL Grant Panel on Global Justice 

February/March- Instability in Venezuela

March- Water Rights and Accessibility

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