CRS RICE BOWL—LENT 2015
This season of Lent, Blessed Sacrament parish will once again participate in Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl as a way of enhancing our Lenten journey. It is also a way for us to live out Pope Francis’ call to end world hunger. Celebrating its 40th year, CRS Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action Lenten program for families, individuals and faith communities with family activities, meatless meals, prayers and reflections. Rice Bowl invites Catholics to live in solidarity with our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters through the Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 870 million people suffer from hunger. Of this 98% live in the developing world.
This weekend at all Masses, a prayer will be said over the Rice Bowls and Lenten Calendars and they will be distributed after each Mass. Please pick up a flyer for more information.
What you give up for Lent changes lives.
“The Last Monk of Tibhirine”, a True Story of Martyrdom, Faith and Survival by Freddy Derwahl. An account of Brother Jean-Pierre Schumacher, the last survivor of the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine who were massacred in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. The popular movie “Of Gods and Men”: was based on the monks’s deaths
Join us on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory...for a discussion of this great work.
Fr. Gerard DiSenso
Please join us as we welcome Fr. Gerard DiSenso, a retired priest of the New York Archdiocese, for two evenings of discussions about the English Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The discussions will take place in the rectory on Thursdays Feb. 26 and March at 7:00 pm. See you there.
THE JOY J INITIATIVE—HOMELESS OUTREACH
On January 24th, 74 volunteers from the Church of the Blessed Sacrament and the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus distributed 120 comfort bags to the Homeless in Manhattan. It was a great and inspiring event! The bags were filled with high quality clothing and other items generously donated by Blessed Sacrament Parishioners by taking ornaments from the Jesse Tree last December. We are moved for the caring and generosity of our parish! Many thanks also to the volunteers of Blessed Sacrament who coordinated the event with the parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on West 51st Street. They will create their own local chapter so more people in need will receive help. If you are interested in participating in future homeless outreaches, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR Inheritance: Vatican II at 50. The Post-Conciliar Generation Looks at the Next Half Century.
Monday, March 9, 2015 / 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
12th floor Lounge—E. Corrigan Conference Center
113 West 60th St.—Fordham University, New York
How will Vatican II continue to shape the church and its engagement with the wider world? What are the emerging horizons in politics, society , and the intellectual life toward which Catholic scholars should orient their attention? An impressive gathering of leading Catholic thinkers from the generation that came of age in a post-Councilor world will explore these questions. For complete agenda please visit: Fordham.edu/CRC.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LET’S BE PROTECTORS OF CREATION
The wonders of the Earth, the beauty of our planet, the gift of natural resources and the human family’s unique role as steward of Creation are all reasons the Church is deeply concerned about the environment.
How we misuse natural resources and abuse the natural environment is often a reflection of how we treat each other. Those in poverty and vulnerable communities are on the front lines of the disruptions caused by climate change, like changing weather patterns which affect crops. Pope Francis has called us to be protectors of the environment and each other.
Our collection for February 15th was .$.5,609.99– We also received $1,977.42 for the Peter’s Pence Collection $for a total of $7,587.41. We are grateful for your support.
LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPERS
The Spirit Sunday and Young Adults groups are pleased to co-sponsor this year’s Lenten Simple Suppers. Please join us during the 5 Wednesdays during lent: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, and 3/25, for prayer , meditation, and a supper of soup, salad, and bread. The evenings are 7PM-8:15PM in the rectory dining room and are a wonderful way to enrich your Lenten experience. For all questioins, please call John Gasdaska at 646-345-7350. We hope to see you there.
School of the Blessed Sacrament
TOTALLY 80s ONLINE AUCTION
The third annual School of the Blessed Sacrament Online Auction is LIVE! With over 250 ítems such as: kids summer camps & classes, fitness sessions, restaurant gift cards , spa services, tickets to sporting events, there is something for everyone. Check it out and be sure to send the link to family and friends. Bid early and bid often. New items are being added daily. Online Auction link:
Upcoming Lenten Art Slide Lecture: Art and Faith Celebrates the Paschal Mystery
How do works of art imagine the death and resurrection of Jesus and how does Theology help us to interpret the images?
Presented by the Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus, Georgetown University
Wednesday, February 25,2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Wallace Hall
980 Park Avenue, New York
"War destroys. And we must cry out for peace. . Peace sometimes give the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness. It is always an active peace. I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace, to do everything that they can, what I can do from here. Peace is the language we must speak.” Pope Francis