Come Join Us for a Live Production of Tolton

T O L T O N: From Slave to Priest

America’s First Black Priest

Filled with Music, Drama & Inspiring Performances

Where: St. Clare Roman Catholic Church

When: Friday November 15th at 7:30pm

(Admission will be a free-will Offer)

“A colored child born April 1, 1854, son of Peter Tolton and Martha Chisley, property of Stephen
Elliott.” That’s all it says in the baptismal record for Father Augustus Tolton.
Born a slave to Peter Paul and Martha Tolton, of Brush Creek, Missouri, he grew up to become the first
African American Catholic priest.

Augustus Tolton grew up in the Catholic Faith and in the conviction that God was calling him to be a priest.
Constantly the victim of racial prejudice, he was cast out of the local Catholic school. Because no US
seminary would accept him, he went on to study for the priesthood in Rome.
He was ordained on April 24, 1886 in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, with the intention of heading for Africa as a missionary.

However, God had other plans. Instead, Augustus was sent back into the hostile environment of his own hometown of Quincy, Illinois.
His sermons and presence there were inspiring and charismatic.

(From Slave to Priest, this powerful one-man drama performed by actor Jim Coleman and directed by
Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented here at our Parish on November 15th at 7:30pm and St. Bernard the Moor on 11/17 at 3pm.)

Learn more at www. Toltondrama.com

Sponsored by the Southeast Queens 9 Deanery

Holy Week 2019

Holy Week   Schedule 2019

 

Sunday April 14

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

Praise Dancers at all Masses

12:00pm—Holy Name Society Meeting

 

Monday April 15

3:00pm– 9:00pm —Reconciliation Monday

  

Tuesday April 16

7:30pm— Spiritual Revival Ministry. Rectory Meeting Rm

7:30pm—Knights of Columbus—Annex Room #2 

 

Wednesday March 17

7:30pm—Bible Study

7:30pm—Rehearsal of Easter Vigil

 

Holy Thursday March 18

7:30pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper

9:30pm—Praise and Worship, and the Rosary

11:00pm—Tenebrae

 

Good Friday March 19

10:30am—Dramatization of The Stations of The Cross 

Saturday March 20

10:30am—Final Preparation Rites

8:30pm—Easter Vigil

Come and Encounter the Living Christ with Us at the holy week celebration!

St. Clare Christmas Concert and pageant is here again ” Sing We All Noel”

 

“Sing We All Noel” is our Christmass and pageant being presented by the Youth and Music Ministry on    December 16th at 5:00pm.

At St Clare, we get together as a community of faith to listen, cheer and watch our Music and Youth ministry  perform a beautiful Christmas carol and pageant play, as prelude of Christmas celebration.

“Sing We Noel” features our Adult and Youth Choirs, the Youth Ministry, Praise Dancers, Renaissance Steel Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra.

Join us this Christmas season to experience this outstanding performance, as each year is always a different exciting experience!!

Tickets are available in the Rectory Office, from Choir members & Youth (Adults: $25, Children: $10) Ticket pages are also available : Buy two ticket and get the next 50% off ( adult tickets only)

Santa Claus

St. Clare Parish Honors Its Patron

Rosedale Parish Honors Its Patron By Jorge Dominguez, The Tablet  (With slideshow)

The St. Clare Feast Mass at the St. Clare parish in Rosedale was celebrated on Sunday, Aug. 12, and more than 500 people filled the church. It was also the culmination of a week-long celebration of faith and community.

At the beginning of the Mass, Father Andrew Struzzieri, the pastor, and his concelebrants started clapping when they arrived at the altar. People had started dancing in the pews since the beginning of the procession.

Pray, Dance, Celebrate

“Our community is a mix of a lot of people, a lot of Caribbean and West Indian people,” says Dianne Sealy-Soon, a parishioner. “We pray, dance and enjoy and celebrate. We have music that can lift you out of your seat. We all love it.”

The week of activities started on Aug. 6 with 1,000 Hail Mary’s prayed in English, Spanish, Creole and several other languages from the Caribbean and Africa.

They were also celebrating the first anniversary of a new beginning. It has been a year since the parish re-dedicated its renovated church building. After much reflection and many discussions, this year the parish adopted a new mission statement: “Come and encounter the living Christ with us.”

Father Elveau Augustine, visiting from the island of Dominica, was the preacher in three nights of spiritual revival, Tuesday to Thursday. He reflected on the meaning of the parish’s new motto during his talks and invited the faithful to be agents of that encounter with Christ they invite others to have. Between 100 and 200 people came each night of the revival.

“This week was great,” said Veronica Moses, a parishioner of St. Clare for eight years. “[We have] many people from all over in this community. The community always comes out for this!”

Fostering Community

On Aug. 10, they celebrated a parish festival that included free rides, games, zumba lessons and even climb a 30-foot rock climbing wall.

It was also an opportunity to promote a better relationship between this multicultural community and the local law enforcement agencies. Members of the K9 Unit, Community Affairs Bureau, Highway Patrol, and Mounted Unit of the local NYPD 105th Precinct came to the festival. Many young people got the opportunity to speak with the officers, sit on a motorcycle or pet a horse or a dog.

Potluck in Parish Garden

On Saturday night, they had a community party and potluck in the parish gardens. Everyone was invited to bring typical dishes from their native countries to share while they danced and got to know other members of the parish.

Asked about how they were able to host so many activities in the same week, the pastor gave all the credit to the parishioners.

“We have had a magnificent week,” Father Struzzieri said, “celebrating St. Clare and celebrating our parishioners. Recognizing the leadership of the parish is great, and letting the leaders do what needs to be done. I have had to do nothing all week – they have done everything! It is magnificent seeing my parishioners do all this.”

In his homily, the pastor also talked about the parish’s new mission statement. He explained that being Christian is not just about following certain practices and rules but developing a personal relationship with a Jesus Christ.

“Come and encounter the living Christ with us. Jesus is alive in all of us. He said ‘I am the bread of life’ and He is speaking of the Eucharist. He gives Himself to us. Jesus said ‘I am the living bread who came down from heaven. Whoever eats my flesh will live forever.’ This is good news – we will live forever. Life begins now and it spills over into eternity.”

Asked about how this 21st century multicultural community relates to a medieval Italian saint like St. Clare, Father Struzzieri explained: “[Through] St. Clare’s joy, especially her joy in the presence of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament. Our Caribbean parishioners – West Indian, Haitian and we have a number of Nigerians coming in – they just relish the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. St. Clare was very close to Jesus in the Eucharist I think that is a real connection for them.”

St Clare Feast

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Easter Vigil 2018

Palm Sunday 2018

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

5 Things about Palm Sunday that Remind Us Christ is King

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This little girl knows exactly how to worship God! Hosanna in the highest!

Posted by St. Clare Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, March 25, 2018

 

 

The Seder Supper 2018

The Seder is a feast that includes reading, drinking wine, telling stories, eating special foods, singing, and other Passover traditions.

As per Biblical command, it is held after nightfall on the first night of Passover (and the second night if you live outside of Israel), the anniversary of our nation’s miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. This year’s Seder  was celebrated on March 17th, 2018 at St Clare Parish.

                  The clergy participating in the supper

                                  The youth service at the Seder supper

                                                      Parishioners dinning

Dancing moment

Black History Mass

A moment of joy and happiness, as the family of St. Clare Church gather together to celebrate the history of their journey in faith and love at the Annual Black History Month Mass.