“Celebrating Mary is, above all, to remember our Mother, to remember that we are not and never will be an orphan people. We have a Mother!… And where there is the Mother, brothers may quarrel but a sense of unity will always prevail.” Pope Francis

In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday December 12th, the parish community of Saints Peter and Paul & Epiphany celebrated a Triduum in her honor which consisted of the recitation of the Holy Rosary after daily Mass, followed by a reflection on a particular aspect of Our Lady’s appearance at the hill of Tepeyac back in 1531. On Friday December 9th, as the Church honored the Feast of San Juan Diego, we were able to deepen our understanding on the virtues and life of this indigenous man whom Our Lady chose to be her personal messenger and instrument of evangelization in the new world. Click here for part 1 and part 2 of the Juan Diego video.

On Saturday December 10th, we hear Monsignor Eduardo Chavez’s scientific and symbolic description of the tilma of San Juan Diego in which Our Lady’s image was miraculously imprinted. His detailed explanation of some of the images found on the tilma gives a great testimony to the love of Our Lady who wishes for all her children to be saved by the sacrificial love of her Son. Click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the explanation.

On Sunday December 11th, after the 11:45 a.m. Mass all the faithful were invited for a presentation on “Mary, Star of Evangelization”. She who was the instrument which brought Christ into the world 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, continues to be an instrument for Christ to come into our lives today. The presentation was accompanied by delicious tamales. Click here for video.

On Monday December 12th, after greeting the decorated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe displayed in the Church with the recitation of the Holy Rosary, a devoted group of mariachis led us in song to Our Lady at 7 a.m.  In the evening, hundreds of faithful joined us in celebrating the Holy Mass in honor of Our Lady, followed by a wonderful meal in the Three Kings Hall.

May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, protect us all under her mantle of love, teach us how to love her Son more perfectly and help us to grow as a family in unity and charity.

 

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2016 Feast of Our Lady of Providence, Patroness of Puerto Rico at Epiphany Church

On Sunday November 13th, the parish community of Saints Peter and Paul & Epiphany celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Providence, Patroness of Puerto Rico. In the context of the Eucharistic celebration, we prayed for the grace to grow in devotion to Our Lady, asking her to protect our families and our nation. The celebration continued with a festive lunch after the 11:45 a.m. mass in the Three Kings Hall in Epiphany. We thank the Moya Family and the Committee who through much sacrifice and hard work made this event possible.

 

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Living Out the Works of Mercy in the Community

In an effort to engage the youth of the parish community of Saints Peter and Paul in Williamsburg, NY in the spirit of the Year of Mercy, we organized a Day of Service in the community on Friday November 11th, Veterans Day. The youth of the parish were all invited to participate in the morning liturgy at Epiphany Church at 9:30 a.m. and meditate on the message of working towards our personal sanctity. We are called to be saints and we are able to rely on the grace God gives us by means of prayer and the sacraments. The youth then gathered in the Soup Kitchen of the church in order to bake goods for some homebound parishioners they would be visiting later in the day.

The two homebound parishioners joyfully welcomed the youth into their homes in the afternoon and were edified by their desire to visit those who oftentimes are forgotten and alone. The youth brought each of them the baked goods they had prepared, sang songs on the ukulele, and desired to spend some time with them. Accompanied by the Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound, the youth learned about these two sick members of the community and prayed with them for the grace they need to carry their cross with peace. One of the homebound parishioners encouraged the youth to “stay on the right path”: one of service and joy, doing good to those around them, and praying for the grace to do God’s will each day.

At the conclusion of this day of service in the community, the youth returned to the parish to pray for the intentions of Pope Francis in order to gain the indulgences united to these corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We thank God for the energy of our youth and for their disposition to serve those who are in need.

See here the article of our youth in The Tablet.

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Closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has called all Christians and men and women of good-will to reflect of the mercy of God during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. It has been a time of grace and conversion for many who have sought to draw closer to the Heart of Christ and experience the Father’s love.

As the Jubilee Year comes to a close on Sunday November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, our parish community invites all interested to accompany us on a day pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Saturday November 5th. Please contact the Rectory Office for more information and registration for the pilgrimage.

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“I am confident that the whole Church which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy. that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.” -Pope Francis

For more information on this Jubilee Year of Mercy: http://www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va

UPDATE: STATUE FOUND!

Update: The Sacred Heart of Jesus statue stolen from outside the Saints Peter and Paul Rectory has been found. A man spotted the statue in a trash can outside his Brooklyn apartment and gave it to his mother.  After seeing media reports, the family realized where the statue belonged and contacted the rectory to return it. The statue is being restored at D’Ambrosio Ecclesiastical Art Studios, Inc.

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