11:30am Mass on Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent: March 1, 2021

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2021 Stewardship Appeal

Parish Goal = $174,000

Status as of 2/22/21

208 Donors

$65,345 Pledged Gifts

37.5% of Our Goal

THANK YOU to those who have already pledged their commitment to this year's Appeal. We are grateful for your continued generosity.

Cardinal's Appeal Video

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Annual Report

 2019-2020  Click Here

Capital Campaign

As of 2/23/21

701 families have pledged $2,025,178

Paid: $1,712,455

Balance to be paid: $312,723

You can still make a pledge at: RenewRebuild.org.
Click here to see campaign details.

Fr. Richard's Homilies

Fr. Richard's weekly homilies are available here. Please click here to listen to his message for 3rd Sunday of Lent. It also his last podcast. May he rest in God's perfect peace. God bless you all.


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Here To Help: St. Clare's Parish Counseling Program

Remember to reach out and talk it out!

St. Clare's Parish Counseling Program can provide you with supportive counseling and the resilience management that you just may need at this time, or anytime for that matter.  There is never a fee charged for these services. We only ask that you be proactive with your mental health. By reaching out when you need to talk in confidence to a professional, you can decrease symptoms related to life's problems, sustain or regain your strengths, and avoid suffering.

To schedule an appointment or to ask a question about the Parish Counseling Program, please call me at 718-984-8456.


Linda Rizzotto, LCSW, CASAC

Grieving Parents

There are one day retreats coming up. Click Here for more information and to register.

Bible Study on Zoom with Fr. Patrick: Understanding the Book of Job, Monday and Wednesday beginning on March 1st

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V Every Monday beginning on March 1st at 10:00 a.m. & every Wednesday beginning on March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. on zoom. 

V Pick the time and day that is best for you.

V We will be studying the book of Job with Fr. Patrick

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95418603301?pwd=Y2UyZVNUUXZZb3JINlA3M2VzbXZUUT09

Meeting ID: 954 1860 3301
Passcode: 10308

Lent 2021 at St. Clare's

Our 2021 Lenten Journey

Image result for LentAs we journey through Lent this year, our focus will be on the everlasting presence of God who takes the road of the cross with us. This Lent we will meditate on how we are never alone in our suffering. God is always with us. Take this spiritual renewal journey with us. Scroll down below to see all the ways you can join us on this journey.

Certainly celebrating Lent in the midst of a pandemic is challenging. But it also provides a great opportunity for each one of us to take personal responsibility for our faith and our relationship with God. It is in this spirit we hope you will avail yourself of the many opportunities we are offering to help you nourish your spiritual life and grow in your faith this Lenten season. 

Weekly Stations of the Cross: Fridays of Lent beginning on February 19th @ 7:30pm

Image result for Stations of the CrossJoin us every Friday of Lent at 7:30pm as we walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus. You can join us in the Church or on zoom or on virtually on youtube. Charismatic Prayer Service will follow the Stations.  Click here for the booklet.

Meeting ID: 262 324 4025

You can also call to listen in:

Stations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday of Lent

Image result for Stations of the Sacred HeartJoin us on Zoom for 14 Days on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays of Lent at 7:30 p.m-8:00 p.m. to meditate on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Please register here to get a book.  

 Zoom Link Below:


Meeting ID: 929 8836 0680

Passcode: 10308

Join by phone by dialing: 646-876-9923

40 Day Communal Fast for an End to Covid and for Peace

Image result for Lenten FastOur Communal Fast begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. We are encouraging at least one parishioner to fast once a week. 

How Does It Work?

V Every day, Monday-Saturday at least one parishioner will be fasting for an end to the corona virus and for peace in our nation

V No fasting on Sundays because every Sunday is a “mini” Easter. So the Church doesn’t Fast on Sundays.

V When you are fasting, the rest of us who are not fasting that day will be praying for you. So it is a communal experience.

How to Fast: Fasting means a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but they are not to equal that of a full meal.

Registration: So that we may pray for as you fast, please click here to register and tell us the day you will be fasting.

Lenten Regulations for Abstinence & Fasting: All Catholics 14 years and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.  Ash Wednesday 2/17 and Good Friday 4/2 are also days of fasting for ages 18 through 59 except for medical necessity.

 Please Click here to learn more about fasting and abstinence.

Our Communal Lenten Service: Support Cross-Road Foundation

Image result for Empty Baby BottlesFor our Parish Lenten Service, please help us support Cross-Road Foundation with assistance for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Empty baby bottles can be found on the window sills in the Church beginning on Ash Wednesday. You can also pick one up in the rectory. Please add some spare change and return it to the rectory or to Mass when it is filled up. Bottles are due back by Easter Sunday, April 4th.

Dynamic Catholic: Best Lent Ever

Image result for Best Lent EverEvery Advent and Lent, Dynamic Catholic sends out daily scriptural reflections that are in the forms of short videos about 3 minutes long. They are amazing reflection resources for the Lenten Journey. Click here to learn more and to sign up for your own daily scriptural reflections. 

Church Schedule During Covid-19

Daily Masses:
  • Monday-Friday at 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m.; and 9:00 a.m in the Church

  • Saturday: 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. in the Church

Weekend Masses:
  • Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00pm

  • Sunday Masses: 7:00 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 pm. and 7:00 p.m.
Live Streamed Masses:

  • 9:00 a.m. Daily Mass

  • 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass

  • 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass

  • Masses for which we have an overflow in the Chapel.

  • Saturday 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Chapel

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament/Private Prayer:
  • Monday-Friday at 12:00pm-5:00pm in the Chapel
  • 1st Tuesday of the Month 12:00pm-8:30pm Adoration including Holy Hour & Benediction from 7:30pm-8:30pm

Charismatic Prayer Service via Zoom, Fridays at 7:30pm

Join us Fridays at 7:30pm by clicking on the link below:

Meeting ID: 262 324 4025

You can also call:

Dial by your location
  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 262 324 4025

Ignatian Spirituality Prayer Group: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 via Zoom

Are We All Ready to Follow Jesus? - Fr Marcel Rodrigues Sj in His Homily  during St Ignatius Loyola Feast Mass - Mangalorean.com

Ignatian Spirituality Monthly Prayer Group: Every 2nd Saturday of the Month on zoom @ 10:00 a.m.

So what is Ignatius Spirituality?

· God loves us as we are and desires friendship with us in a heart-to-heart relationship.

· God starts conversations with us in nature, in our day-to-day experience, in relationships with others, and in prayer.

· We know God loves us because His Son Jesus lived a human life and died for us.

· We are called to respond to God’s love by how we live the life He gave us, by the choices we make, and by setting aside some time to be with God in prayer.


You also call into the meeting at 

1-646-558-8656 (New York)  

Meeting ID: 835 585 1452

For more information email manresacompanions2014@gmail.com.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international voluntary organization in the Catholic Church, founded in 1844 for the sanctification of its members by personal service of the poor. The Society numbers about 800,000 members in some 140 countries worldwide. 

Here at St. Clare’s, our chapter is also focused on service to the poor through many activities. Our most active corporal works are focused around the St. Clare’s Food Panty. Through the dedication of 31 volunteers under the direction on John Petrullo, the Pantry provides monthly food packages for over 50 families. The pantry also responds to food emergencies for families in need. The Pantry also provides special holiday meals and gifts for the families during the holiday season.

If you are in need our services or know someone who may benefit from our services:

Contact us at (718) 984-7873     Ext.  2526

Ways you can help:

·         Bring a non-perishable food donation to Mass on the 4th Sunday of each month and leave it in the back of the Church.

·         Donate to the Poor Box located in the Church.

·         Become a Food Pantry Volunteer.

·         Let us know if you are interested in having a food drive with your organization.

·         Check the bulletin regularly for special gift and food drives.

For further information, contact John Petrullo at 718-984-7873  rectory@stclaresi.com     

Year of St. Joseph

On the Solemnity of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed this liturgical year as the Year of St. Joseph. As we journey with St. Joseph, we will pray together the prayer of St. Joseph found below at the end of the General Intercessions on Sundays. You can read the Pope's letter here

Daily Reflection with St. Joseph for the 33 Day Novena to St. Joseph: Day 15-Monday, March 1, 2021

“ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” ( Mt.5:3 )

To be poor in spirit means to be detached from the things of the world. A person who is spiritually rich. This is why St. Joseph is called a “ Lover of Poverty”. He led an austere life, a humble carpenter working to provide for Jesus and Mary. At the Presentation of Jesus at the temple, Joseph could only afford a poor person’s offering of two pidgins. Poor yes but what a grace to be with the Blessed Mother and the Son of God contributing to God’s plan of salvation. Like Joseph, if we detach ourselves from the things of the world, we too will share in God’s plan. Those who depend on worldly things are destined for unhappiness. True happiness is only found in the things of God.

Let us Pray: St. Joseph, Lover of Poverty, pray that I may become poor in spirit.

Please pray the Litany of St. Joseph below

Reflection: In what areas of my life am I dependent on worldly things and how does this keep me from seeking the things of God?

Litany of St. Joseph

Image result for year of st. josephLord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, pray for us.
Light of patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Watchful defender of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most valiant, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workmen, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the afflicted, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us!

V. He made him the lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray
O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Please click here for more prayers for the Year of St. Joseph

Year of St. Joseph Coloring/Essay Contest: Due March 15, 2021

St. Joseph is the Father of Jesus. He loves children. Therefore we are offering this great opportunity to engage our children in learning about St. Joseph.
Children in 1st-2nd Grades: can color art are invited to color picture arts found online. Some are provided here. 

Children in 3rd-5th Grades: Can draw their own picture of St. Joseph as a Father and submit that.

All pictures received by March 15th will be displayed throughout the Church for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 21st.

Children in 6th-8th Grades: Should write a short essay about St. Joseph answering one of the follow questions. Who is Joseph? or How is he a role model? How are you trying to be like him? or How does he relate to significant male figures in your life? The winner will receive a monetary prize. This essay is due no later than March 15th as well.

Plenary Indulgences for the Year of St. Joseph

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How to Receive the Indulgences for the Year of St. Joseph:

“The Plenary Indulgence is granted under the customary conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayers according to the Holy Father’s intentions) to the faithful who, with a soul detached from any sin, shall participate in the Year of Saint Joseph, in the occasions and with the modalities indicated by this Apostolic Penitentiary…”     The Plenary Indulgence is granted to those who:

  1. Shall contemplate the Lord's Prayer (The Our Father) for at least 30 minutes or participate in a Spiritual Retreat which involves a meditation on Saint Joseph.

  2. Shall fulfill a corporal or spiritual work of mercy

  3. Shall recite the Holy Rosary in families and among betrothed

  4. Shall daily entrust their life to the protection of Saint Joseph through the prayer of the intercession of the Worker of Nazareth. 

  5. Shall recite a prayer to Saint Joseph proper to the liturgical traditions for the relief of Christians who suffer from any form of persecution. 

  6. Shall recite a prayer to Saint Joseph or perform an act of piety in honor of Saint Joseph especially on March 19, May 1, Feast of Holy Family, Sunday of Saint Joseph, 19th of each month, or each Wednesday. 

  7. For those elderly, sick or suffering and unable to leave the house, shall recite the prayer of the Patron of a Happy death, offering their suffering and hardships of their life. 

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Pray the Rosary With Us

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Every Day Family Rosary via Zoom

Saturday Rosary for the Safety of the Family with Fr. Brendan Gormley on youtube: 
  • Join Fr. Brendan every Saturday at 12:00noon-12:30pm via our youtube channel to pray the rosary for the protection of the family

Daily Updates: Please keep visiting this site for daily updates. Once we hear of any changes, we will inform you right here.

11:30am Mass on the 2nd Sunday of Lent: February 28, 2021

Worship Aid for the 2nd Sunday of Lent: February 28, 2021

Jesus' Transfiguration Bible Story Study GuidePlease click here to access our Worship Aid to sing and pray with us this weekend.  

Talk about the Word of God at home with your children. Please click on the activities below to help your children understand today's Gospel.

Have Blessed Week!

Stations of the Cross: February 26, 2021