WELCOMING YOU HOME
Our parish opens its doors to welcome and embrace all in our community. We strive through worship, hospitality and service to receive those seeking a spiritual home. In the midst of diversity of thought, lifestyle, nationality, economic status, and age, we endeavor to live as a community of faith and invite you to join our family – a family seeing to know and love Jesus Christ.
Monday to Saturday
• 5:30pm (Vigil Mass) Cantor & Organ
• 8:00am [without music]
• 10:00am Cantor and Organ
Oct. - June
[1st & 3rd Sunday - Children's Liturgy of the Word
[2nd & 4th Sunday - Family Friendly Mass]
• 12:00pm Traditional Mass w/ Adult Choir • •5:00pm Contemporary Mass
w/ Music Ensemble
AT A GLANCE
As your family calendars begin to fill up, please consider the following
12/1 Theology Thursdays: Advent Vespers - Women of Advent - Elizabeth. 7 PM in the church. Guest homilist - Rev. Kate Flexer.
See upcoming events below for details.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOY COLLECTION
December 3-11, 2022
Bring NEW, unwrapped toys for children of any age to the St. Joseph altar at St. Monica Church during these dates. If the toy needs batteries, please consider attaching a pack of the appropriate size needed.
Please keep in your prayers the 45 children of our parish and school who will celebrate their First Penance on December 3rd.
12/8 Immaculate Conception of Mary. Holy Day of Obligation. 5:30 PM Vigil (12/7) Mass of the day - 12 PM.
12/8 Theology Thursdays: Advent Vespers - Women of Advent - Mary. 7 PM in the church. Guest homilist - Jayne Porcelli.
See upcoming events below for details.
12/15 Theology Thursdays: Advent Vespers - Women of Advent - Anna. 7 PM in the church. Guest homilist -Ann Kansfield. See upcoming events below.
12/16 Our annual Christmas Concert - 7:30 PM in the church. See upcoming events below for details.
12/18 Carols, Cookies & Cocoa! 3 PM on the church steps. Followed by cookies & cocoa inside the church. See upcoming events below.
12/24 5:30 PM Christmas Family Mass (with Children's Choir)
12/24 11 PM Lessons & Carol & Christmas Midnight Mass (Adult Choir & Chamber Ensemble)
12/25 8 AM (cantor & organ) 10 AM (with Children's Choir) & 12 PM (Adult Choir & Chamber Ensemble)
FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION FOR EVENTS GO TO UPCOMING EVENTS BELOW.
THE NEED CONTINUES…
Our parish partners with LSA Family Health Services, a multi-faceted service agency run by the Little Sisters of the Assumption and located among the public housing complexes of East Harlem. The sisters and their staff and volunteers serve the needs of the local community, which includes a nearby men’s shelter that has recently been overwhelmed with asylum seekers, many of whom were bussed here from Texas. LSA Family Health Services is a partner agency of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
“Our perspective is not a political perspective. Our perspective is not ‘How did we get in this mess?’ Our perspective is simply to help,” Cardinal Dolan said, “[Jesus] is the one who said to us, ‘When I was a stranger…an immigrant, you welcomed me.”
As needs change among the populations being served, agencies pivot to respond to those needs. The recent cold weather, for example, has impacted the “items most needed” list for LSA Family Services. What follows is their current “most needed” list:
New socks (men’s, one-size-fits-all, warm)
New underwear (men’s size medium)
New or used gloves, scarves, warm hats
New or used warm jackets (men’s medium and large)
New or used sweatpants (men’s small, medium, large)
New or used sweatshirts (mainly men’s medium)
New or used jeans (men’s 32 and 34 are most needed)
New or used Men’s sneakers or boots (sizes 7, 8, or 9)
We are unable to accept these items at the parish. They must be sent/delivered directly to: LSA Family Health Service, 333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029. If you are dropping items off, call first to ensure that someone is there to receive them - 646-672-5214.
Another alternative is to order items on Amazon or other online services, and have them sent directly to:
LSA Family Health Service, 333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029, Attn. Trish Gough. Their phone number (usually needed for delivery) is 646-672-5214.
From our parishioner, Sr. Susanne Lachapelle, LSA:
“Your generosity is overwhelming and unbelievable. Much gratitude for all you share with our center.”
Church Teachings on the Rights of Migrants and Refugees
Catholic Charities, Migrants, and Ministry
Children's Liturgy of the Word
NEW THIS FALL!
For Children ages 3-7(ish) – Children’s Liturgy of the Word
10am Sunday Mass, 1st and 3rd Sundays, beginning October 2
Children are with their family at Mass through the Opening Prayer
Just before the First Reading, they will be called forth, and led by a catechist and volunteers to process to the sacristy
Children’s Liturgy of the Word consists of:
Proclamation of the Sunday Scriptures from the Lectionary for Masses with Children, which uses a simplified and shortened format
A brief reflection offered by a catechist
Profession of Faith and Intercessory prayers
A one-page “Children’s Bulletin” will be given to each child to take home so they can continue to learn about God and God’s Word with the family
Children will be brought back into the main church during the Preparation of the Gifts so they can return to their family for the remainder of the Mass
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is most appropriate for Pre-K3 through 1st grade children, but no one will be turned away.
No registration is required, nor are there fees. However, a parent must be present in the church while their child is participating. A parent may accompany their child for the program initially until they are comfortable with the process.
Message from Saint Stephen of Hungary School Admissions Office
Did You Know?
St. Stephen of Hungary School, the parish school of St. Monica, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Stephen of Hungary Church, is a warm, welcoming community on East 82nd Street between First & York Avenues.
Our campus features unique learning spaces. Our dedicated, experienced faculty work collaboratively to offer our students top-notch educational opportunities. We are now accepting applications for PreK 3 – Gr. 8.
Consider St. Stephen of Hungary School for your family!
Parish Pilgrimage to Greece
In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle
October 3-13, 2023
(Oct. 3-16 with optional Rome extension)
Join us for an unforgettable tour via air, sea, and land to many of the places where St. Paul preached and established Christian communities in the first century. Enjoy Mediterranean scenery and cuisine. Visit the Acropolis, Mykanos, the House of Mary in Ephesus, the cave in Patmos where John wrote the Book of Revelation, Santorini, and the monasteries of Meteora. The optional Rome Excursion will allow you to pray at the tomb of St. Paul, tour the Vatican museums, and explore the catacombs.
Stelmo Men's Bible Study
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We keep mentioning Pope Francis’ Pastoral Letter Laudato Si’ – On the Care of our Common Home. Please click on our logo to find out more about this important document.
Check out the new movie about Pope Francis’ encyclical (letter) about the Environment! Watch it on YouTube Originals: https://theletterfilm.org.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
The combined parishes of St Monica, St Stephen of Hungary and St Elizabeth of Hungary are proud to have St Stephen of Hungary School as part of our parish community. Saint Stephen of Hungary School is a Pre-K through 8th grade award-winning Catholic school with a rich heritage of academic excellence.
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