The Basilica is Open for Masses
We began offering public Masses on Sunday, May 31st. Those attending Mass are required wearing masks and, if possible, please bring hand sanitizer with you.
For those at high risk, the elderly, those with preexisting medical issues, and those who are anxious about being in a gathering are encouraged to remain home and view the mass online. A video of our weekly Sunday Mass will continue to be offered on our website.
Monday-Friday: 7:00am and 12:10pm
Saturday: 8:00am and 12:10pm
Sunday Masses (Reduced Schedule Effective June 6th Until Further Notice)
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm (English)
Sundays: 9:00am (English), 11:30am (Spanish), 2:00pm (Haitian Creole)
The church will be closed in between Masses and outside of the Mass times for areas to be cleaned and sanitized. Acknowledging the fluid situation, we may make changes to the schedule. Updates will be provided here and on social media.
Father Joseph Tizio, Father Anthony Michalik and Father Pierre Desruisseaux will be the only priests providing ministry to the parish. Our senior clergy will not be available for appointments and ministry. We appreciate your understanding.
Confessions will be available by appointment. The Healing Service, parish events and meetings remain canceled until further notice.
Pandemic Prayer Service
We have released new guidelines for performing Baptisms that factor best safety practices during this pandemic period. Details and registration forms can be found here:
Watch the Mass
We will be adding video in English and Spanish of our Sunday Masses each week.
A Reflection from the Pastor
July 12, 2020
Virus Spirituality: Week Seventeen
Last week, the New York Daily News had a rather dramatic front page, it pictured flames of fire and underneath the image were the words: “A Horrible Year: and It’s Only Half Over!” I must admit that it certainly caught my attention and also forced me to pause and reflect. Indeed, so far it has been a difficult year with COVID 19, massive unemployment, and a national struggle against brutality and systematic racism. We are finding ourselves in a new world where nothing is certain, no future plans can be made, and we feel like we have so little control over the world around us. When I think about my plans for the coming months, I think to myself: “For all you know, a week from now you could be on a respirator.”
I recently read a delightful story written by Anne Lamott whose father tragically died from a malignant melanoma which meant that she needed periodic visits to a dermatologist to monitor the condition of her own skin. It turns out that on one of those visits, the doctor detected a suspicious mole on her ribcage which he removed and told her that he needed to have a biopsy done on it and that she would have the results a week later. As you might suspect, Anne Lamott went into panic mode imagining the worst and was filled with anxiety. Finally, one night before going to bed, she grabbed a scrap of paper and wrote a note to God: I am a little anxious. Help me remember that you are with me even now. I am going to take my sticky fingers off the control panel until I hear from you. She then placed the note in the draw of her night table. Thank God, the cancer was benign. As people of faith, sometimes, we need to take our “sticky fingers off the control panel” and trust in God’s providential care for us.
However, there are also times when we have to get involved, when we need to be angry at injustice, at an unnecessary loss of human life, at inequality, and at incompetence. I once read a reflection on the Black Lives Matter Movement written by Esau McCaulley, the title of the article caught my eye: “What the Bible Says About Rage”. He writes: The bible is not silent about the rage of the oppressed…For Christians rage must eventually give way to hope . And we find the spiritual resources to make the transition at the cross. Trusting in God’s providential love does not mean passivity, it means centering our own rage, anxiety, and uncertainty on the cross of Christ, fighting against injustice but always filled with hope in the power of Jesus Christ. Esau McCaulley writes: Hope is possible if we recognize that it does not rule out justice. It is what separates justice from vengeance. We are not called to be passive bystanders in the struggle for justice, we all must do our part, no matter how small or insignificant that may be. However, we struggle with hope, trusting in Jesus Christ and the power of his cross.
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