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A Message from Cardinal Dolan

October 18, 2021
Year of Saint Joseph

Dear Members of our Catholic family:

Many of you are asking about this “synod process” initiated by Pope Francis.  Maybe my homily from yesterday at the Cathedral can help.

With prayerful best wishes on this beautiful Fall day, I am,

Faithfully in Christ,

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York


29th Sunday in Ordinary Time / Mass for the opening of the Synod Process / October 17, 2021


A blessed Sunday!

Can we consider a bit today the role of authority and leadership in the Church?  Jesus teaches us about all that in our Gospel passage at Mass this morning.

Yes, the Church is of divine origin, but she is composed of flawed human membership; yes, Jesus gave us a rather fluid blueprint about the structure of His Church – his apostles, the sacraments, a basic creed and moral expectations, bishop, priest, deacon, women and men with duties in marriage, family, communities of faith, using gifts – which the bible calls charisms – of teaching, worship, charity, administration, healing, and service; the mandate to teach the nations about Him.

Throughout her colorful history of two millennia, the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church has expanded and developed its style of organization and authority.

We’ve had popes at the head of conquering armies and popes all by themselves in jail;

Bishops called “princes,” and bishops beheaded by princes;

We’ve had women and men living as solitary hermits, or as members of thriving, vibrant, communities;

The Church hast taught sternly with threats of punishments in this life and the next, or softly and gently under the shade of a tree outside the parish church;

She has managed property, buildings, and money to compete with a Wall Street firm, or existed solely on faith, prayer, bread, wine, the Bible, and the goodness of her people;

The Church has members trying to raise families, run businesses, make a living, while ever in allegiance to the teachings of our Lord…

This only touches on the array, the sample of how the Church we cherish has tried to lead, teach with authority, govern and serve since Jesus commissioned us to do so.

And now the successor of Saint Peter as bishop of Rome and pastor of the Church Universal, Pope Francis, has asked us all to commence an examination of conscience on how we as a Church are living up to the model of the Church given us by Jesus.  Pope Francis has asked us to begin a process of preparation and prayer for a Synod of Bishops in Rome in two years, on the topic he calls all this: synodality. 

Thus do I welcome this morning leaders from the archdiocese who generously participate in the consultative organs of these vast areas of the Lord’s vineyard – members of our boards, committees, religious orders, schools, charities, health care, witness in the public square, business and governance.  

And just what is this synodality of which Pope Francis so often speaks?  I don’t know if I completely understand it; and the Holy Father is honest in admitting that neither does he have the full comprehension, which is precisely why he has summoned us to this endeavor.  He wants us to join him in praying, listening, discerning, examining ourselves personally, and the Church communally, to see if we’re truly on the path Jesus has set for His beloved bride, His mystical body, the Church.

He has reminded us of certain clear essentials intended by Jesus, constant, although, at times, we admit clouded and dimmed, in the Church’s amazing 2,000 year drama.  Here are some those non-negotiables.

  • The energy and direction driving the Church comes from the Holy Spirit, not ourselves;
  • While in the world, we are not of the world, and thus our guiding principles come from the Gospel, revelation, and the patrimony of the Church’s settled teaching;
  • That the principles of the innate dignity of every human person and the inherent sacredness of all human life are the towering moral lighthouses on our path;
  • That our journey through this life back to our true and eternal home of heaven is most effectively accomplished precisely as a journey as we walk with and accompany each other, with Jesus as our guide, His mother and the saints, and we sinners at each other’s side;
  • That on this journey we pay special attention to those at the side of the road, especially those who are sick, weak, poor, or unable to keep up with us;
  • That our wealth only comes from faith, trust, prayer, the sacraments, and His grace;
  • That mercy, love, invitation, humility, joy, selfless, generous service, and good example are our only tools, never harshness, condemnation, or pride.

That seems to be synodality in a nutshell.  We are loyal Catholics.  The Holy Father has asked us to help him keep the Church always under the direction Jesus, our good shepherd, intends.

Thank you for accepting his invitation to enter this walk of synodality.  Stay tuned for other invitations as the process continues.   Stay tuned as our own team led by Elizabeth Guevara and Monsignor LaMorte, keep us posted.  

And stay tuned to those words from the gospel this morning:

“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be so among you.  Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (MK 10: 42-45)


Hymns for...

October 31, 2021 - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Entrance Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (485)
Offertory Hymn: Where Charity and Love Prevail (481)
Communion Hymn: Ubi Caritas (477)
Recessional Hymn: Let There Be Peace on Earth (532)

Mission Statement

  • Mary's Nativity Roman Catholic Church
  • St. Ann Roman Catholic Church

Under the Mantles of our Blessed Lady and her mother, Saint Ann, our Parish celebrates and honors a rich history of collaboration among the faithful priests, religious and dedicated laity.  Nourished by "The Power of the Most High," we strive to be vessels of Gospel values bringing a message of hope and hospitality to all we meet in our ethnically diverse neighborhood. 

Through the awareness of this mission, we seek to grow as disciples nourished by the Eucharist, accepting our call to bring forth Christ in our time, by leading lives dedicated to service and stewardship. 

We seek to become a more vibrant parish by responding to the needs of the community, spreading the message of Jesus through action and word and seeking to renew the faith of the active and non-active Catholics of the Parish. 

Mass Times

Mary's Nativity Mass Schedule
Monday-Friday 9:00 am (English)
Friday 11:00 am (Mandarin)
Saturday 8:30 am & 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - Tagalog ((2nd Saturday of the month)
Sunday 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am
Holy Day of Obligation - 9:00 am & 7:30 pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):
Saturday - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

St. Ann Mass Schedule
Monday - Friday 7:00 am & 8:30 am - English
Tuesday 9:30 am (Mandarin)
Saturday 8:30 am & 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am, 10:30 am - English
12:00 pm -Spanish
3:30 pm - Mandarin
5:00 pm - Urdu ((1st Sunday of the month)
Holy Day of Obligation - Vigil Mass, 7:30 pm; 7:00 am; 8:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): Saturday - 4:00-4:45 pm


Events - Please see individual Events for status



Office Hours

Mary's Nativity Rectory:
Monday - Friday - 9:00 am - Noon; 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday - Office Closed
Clergy available by appointment only
Tel: (718) 359-5996
Fax: (718) 939-6737

St. Ann Rectory:
Tuesday & Wednesday - 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Clergy available by appointment only
Tel: (718) 886-3890


Mary's Nativity - Holy Hour with Exposition: second Wednesday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am. 

Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be Livestreamed from Mary's Nativity Church.

St. Ann - Holy Hour with Exposition: third Thursday of every month from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Miraculous Medal Novena and Novena to St. Ann on Monday following the 8:30 am Mass.

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Prayer to the Virgin Mary

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.  We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.

O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.  Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died.  Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. 

Under your protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God.  Do not despise our pleas, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.



Prayer to St. Ann

O glorious Saint Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you, and with love for those suffer.  Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet
  and humbly beg of you to take the present intention, which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that he may bring it to a happy issue.

Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.  But above all obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless him for all eternity.  Amen.

Our Father; Hail Mary; Glory be.

Saint Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death!
Good Saint Ann, intercede for me!


Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis' prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Our Adult Spirituality Center is offering a new series based on the Year of St. Joseph.  Visit us at:
To see more information regarding the Year of St. Joseph, please visit: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-12/pope-francis-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph.html