A Message to the Parish Families of St. Augustine – St. Francis Xavier
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope that you have all found a way to stay cool during these hot and humid days!
Many thanks to those of you who came out to Mass this past weekend. We have been averaging 35 people at each of the three Masses. I understand that because of Covid and the hot summer it may be difficult to attend Mass in person, but I encourage you to please stay engaged with the parishes by checking our Facebook pages and tuning into the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday, broadcasted lived from St. Francis Xavier. All of the details on how to stay connect are below. Know that I continue to pray for you during this time and I ask that you may pray for me and the parish leadership at both parishes as we work to unite our pastoral outreach in Park Slope.
Our Mass schedule for the foreseeable futures remains as follows:
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – St. Francis Xavier
Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – St. Augustine
5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Francis Xavier
9:30 AM Mass at St. Francis Xavier (this Mass will also be live streamed and shown on our parishes’ websites and Facebook pages; you will also be able to directly watch the live stream on this webpage: https://boxcast.tv/channel/vmvmgsaiwkvy2o6ix49l )
12:00 Noon Mass at St. Augustine
Returning to Mass Video
If you are planning on attending Mass in person, please be sure to view the following video, which provides information regarding the regulations that we must follow during this time of pandemic.
Worship Aid For the Masses this Weekend
You can access the worship aid, which has the hymns and readings for this Mass this weekend here:
Feel free to print out your own personal copy of the worship aid and bring it with you to Mass.
Both churches are still open for private prayer, but only one day a week…
Because of the heat and the low attendance, we are limiting the availability of the churches being open for private prayer to one day at each church.
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon (Daily Mass at 9:00 AM)
St. Francis Xavier
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon (Daily Mass at 9:00 AM)
If you plan on visiting either of the churches during the time that it is open, be sure to wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart from anyone else who may be in the building. Silently being present to Jesus in the Eucharist can be a powerful source of strength during this time of great uncertainty and unrest.
The rectory office is open for business…
Anyone who is in need of obtaining sacramental records or any other church business can do so by calling or visiting during the following office hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Please know that only the rectory at St. Francis Xavier (225 6th Avenue) is open. The rectory at St. Augustine’s is no longer operational.
How you can reach the rectory office…
For all information and inquires pertaining to both the parishes of St. Augustine and St. Francis Xavier, please use the following:
Phone number: 718-638-1880
Email address: SASFXNews@gmail.com
Baptisms are available…
If you would like to schedule a baptism, please know that you can do so by contacting the rectory office. A member of our baptism preparation group will get back to you about our (remote) preparation program. We are not holding our usual monthly group baptisms and will work with your family to schedule an individual baptism with limited attendees.
Confessions are available…
If you would like to schedule a confession, please know that you can do so by contacting the rectory office. Fr. Rich Bretone or I will get back to you as to when and where the confession can take place.
The chapel at St. Francis Xavier may be available for confessions before the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass. Just try to see if the priest is available when you arrive—the ushers can help you.
Additional information and announcements can be found on the parishes’ websites and Facebook pages. Please note that the streaming of the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass will be available on the current St. Francis Xavier website, as well as being on both parishes’ Facebook pages. The links to these sites are as follows:
St. Augustine parish website:
St. Augustine parish Facebook page:
St. Francis Xavier parish website:
St. Francis Xavier parish Facebook page:
Statue missing at St. Francis Xavier
Early this week, it was discovered that a statue of St. Juan Diego was missing from the sanctuary of St. Francis Xavier. If you may know anything of its whereabouts, please contact the rectory. Confidentiality is assured.
Continue to be mindful of a scam…
Many churches throughout the country have been targets of scams during the pandemic. If anyone calls or emails you stating to be me or anyone else from the parish and asks for money and/or gifts cards to be used as charity, know that it is untrue and that it is a scam! If you would like to contribute financially during this time, please do so by using our parishes’ WeShare online giving sites:
St. Francis Xavier:
Spanish and Creole Communities at St. Augustine
After speaking with members from both the Spanish and Creole communities, they both have determined that it would be best for them to not resume Mass in-person until a later date. In the meantime, both the Spanish and Creole communities are welcome to attend Mass in person (or watch on NET-TV) at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph (856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn). The Sunday Mass schedule at the Co-Cathedral is as follows:
9:00 AM – Mass in Creole
1:30 PM – Mass in Spanish
More information regarding these Masses can be found here:
If you may know of anyone who is a homebound parishioner and has not been receiving information electronically from the parishes, please send us his or her name, mailing address and/or phone number and we will be sure to reach out. You can let us know by writing an email to: SASFXNews@gmail.com or calling the rectory office at: 718-638-1880.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update. Stay cool!
Peace and blessings,
Fr. John Gribowich
Administrator, St. Augustine – St. Francis Xavier