Are you interested in becoming a certified Lay Minister? Please visit the School of Evangelization website to learn more!
OLBS ministries are listed below:
Young Adult Ministries (YAM)
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Rosary Altar Society
Respect Life Committee
New Parish Book Club
Knights of Columbus Council #430 Dr. Dooley/Fr. McGivney
Mommy & Me
Senior Citizens Leisure Club
Nicaraguan Mission Trip (Mustard Seed Communities)
Parish Advocates for Persons with Disabilities
Parish Committees (Liturgy, Trustees, Pastoral, Finance)
Coordinator: Linda Starace (p) 646-262-6763
Are you a young adult (20s and 30s) looking for ways to serve in the community and connect with like-minded people? E-mail “Linda” at BaysideYAM@hotmail.com. YAM meets on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Please look on Facebook (“OLBS YAM”) for the location and other details. Thank you!
Coordinator: John Cronan (p) 718-352-7529
The usher is the first person one meets upon entering the Church. Their duties include this greeting, taking up the collection, and generally assisting the parishioners attending Sunday Mass. New volunteers are always welcome.
Coordinator: Madeline Wrzesc (p) 718-428-6922
Lectors proclaim the Word of God in liturgical celebrations. A Lector is scheduled to each of the Sunday Masses as well as for each of the weekday masses. Meetings and workshops are held yearly for training and enrichment.
Sunday Coordinator: Eileen Baginski (p) 718-358-1381
Homebound Coordinator: Agnes Pappas (p) 718-631-4793
The principal duty of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) is to serve the other members of the community at the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The sign of “Holy Communion” is the sharing of the body and blood of Christ with others. There is a regular schedule for Sundays, but on weekdays it is on a voluntary basis. Eucharistic Ministers can also be trained to bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.
Music Director: Michael Martinka (p) 718-229-5929, ext 117
The choir assists the congregation in hymns, psalms, and responses in the Mass. The adult choir sings at the 12:00 noon Mass on Sunday twice a month and at all other major liturgical feasts. A seasonal service of scripture and song is performed by all the choirs during Advent. Rehearsals for the adult choir are on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. in the choir loft. New members are always welcome.
President: Dorothy Molloy (p) 718-224-5136
Founded in 1933, the Rosary Altar Society (RAS) plays an important role in our parish community. Its purpose is three fold: to honor Our Blessed Mother; to promote the spiritual growth of the women of our parish; and to aid the parish through fund-raising activities. Members receive Communion at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. Notice of meetings and fund-raising activities are found in the Sunday Bulletin. New members of all age groups are always very welcome and needed.
Coordinators: Joe & Karen Traver (p) 718-352-9365
The Respect Life Committee of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church normally meets on the first Saturday of the month after the 9:00 am Mass in the rectory. All are welcome. The mission of the Respect Life Committee is to increase awareness of the sacredness of all life, and to educate parishioners regarding the pro-life movement, other life issues, and how to create a culture of life in our society today.
Coordinators: Joe & Karen Traver (p) 718-352-9365
The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.”
The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
Coordinator: Judy Reilly (p) 718-229-8895
The wedding committee prepares couples for their wedding ceremony by walking them through the steps of the ceremony secure in knowing that their special moment will be executed in the best possible way. Rehearsals are scheduled 1 to 2 days prior to the wedding, usually at 7:00 p.m. The Committee Member collects any outstanding fees and obtains all necessary signatures on the Marriage License. The Committee Member also attends the wedding – checks setup of the church, i.e., chairs, candle stand, vase for flowers to the Blessed Mother and lines up the Bridal Party for the start of the procession.
The Church requires couples preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony to register and attend a marriage preparation course called Pre-Cana. Information regarding Pre-Cana will be given out by the Priest or Deacon when the engaged couple meets with him at least 6 months before the wedding ceremony. Please visit the Pre-Cana website to register for Pre-Cana classes held throughout Brooklyn/Queens.
From time to time, OLBS Parish also offers this Pre-Cana course which consists of two consecutive Friday evening sessions hosted in the homes of parishioners, or in our Parish Center along with a Saturday session after the 9 a.m. Mass. The next OLBS Pre-Cana session will be held on the following dates.
For 2016: Friday April 1st and Friday April 8th from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday April 9th which starts by attending the 9 a.m. Mass and then meeting afterwards in the Parish Center. Couples must attend all three sessions in order to receive your Pre-Cana Certificate of Completion. Cost for OLBS’s Pre-Cana program is $100.00 per couple.
Chief Editor: Barabar O’Keefe, (p) 718-352-0210
CLICK HERE to download the latest issues of “REFLECTIONS.”
“Reflections” is published quarterly with seasonal issues during Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Submissions for inclusion in the these issues must meet deadlines of September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15. As always, we welcome input from all parish organizations and individuals. Keep in mind that we cannot reproduce any copyrighted material but any original material can be placed in the REFLECTIONS box in the Rectory. You may also contact Barbara O’Keefe by phone or email (see above contact information).
Contact: Pat Lizzul
Please join us on Tuesday, May 27th at 7 pm in the Mary Mullaney Room—church basement. Come prepared to discuss The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. This romantic comedy features the oddly charming, socially challenged professor, Don, as he seeks true love. Join us for great discussion, fellowship and friendship.
Contact: Marty Kovach
Do you know what organization donated over $143,000,000 and volunteered over 68 million hours to charitable, parish, and community concerns worldwide in 2008 alone? Your local Knights of Columbus council #430 Dr. Dooley/Fr. McGivney has been a part of this practice since 1899 (20 years at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament). The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Fraternal organization open to men 18 years of age and older. We support families in need, sponsor children in their sacraments, and volunteer at our parish Bingo every five weeks. We also run youth activities such as Basketball Free Throw and the Soccer Challenge. Our annual Altar Servers party recognizes the loyal and capable boys and girls of our parish. Council #430 also sponsors a Seminarian for priesthood. We are not just Chance Books and Christian Fellowship. Interested? I hope so! Our meetings are held at Joyce Kilmer Hall (35-79 160th Street, Flushing) every second Tuesday of the month.
Coordinator: Anna Monteverde (p) 917-922-4375
Mothers (and fathers, grandparents, and nannies too) with babies and toddlers are invited to meet every Thursday morning at 9:30am in the school auditorium. They will find mutual support and children will learn to interact. Programs will be planned by the group. Notice of meetings will be in the Sunday Bulletin and on our Facebook page.
Coordinator: Cathy Jones (p) 718-224-4700
A dedicated group of parish volunteers organize and run bingo games in the auditorium on the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the year. The revenue that these games generate is used to offset the expenses of the school and keep the tuition, paid by the parents, at as low a level as possible. New volunteers are desperately needed and always welcome. Volunteers will be scheduled for 3 1/2 hours every five weeks.
Coordinators: Louis & Tina Tirella (p) 718-423-884
Meetings are held every Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the OLBS school cafeteria. You will have the opportunity to play cards or games such as bingo, scrabble, pokeno, or just socialize. Coffee and cake is served. Many trips and events are planned throughout the year. All are welcome. You may join any Wednesday afternoon.
Coordinator: Nancy Gentile
We would like to thank all those missionaries who ventured to Nicaragua in October of 2016 to bring funds, supplies and love to the developmentally disabled infants, children and young adults of Hogar Belén in Managua and Diriamba.
We especially want to thank Nancy Gentile for leading the mission trip. Her dedication to organize, raise funds and inspire our missionaries to gather supplies for the children demonstrates her (and the missionaries) true heart for Christ and his children.
Our next mission trip to Nicaragua is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th to November 4th, 2017. If you are interested in being part of our mission trip, please contact Nancy Gentile at 718-873-3823, or email her at email@example.com. Thank you!
To date, the following missionaries will be joining us this year:
Msgr. Michael Brennan
Deacon Bill Molloy
Sr. Grace Ann Eidt
This ministry brings to the parish level the work of the Diocesan Office for Persons with Disabilities which is devoted to the needs of those with visual, hearing, mobility, or developmental impairments. The mission is to enable all to have as full access to the Liturgy and Sacraments as possible. Those confronted with such challenges to their full participation in the spiritual life of the parish are encouraged to call: Barbara O’Keefe (p) 718-352-0210.
Coordinator: John Candela (p) 718-352-6652
The purpose of the Liturgy Committee is to develop plans for the music, environmental, rituals, and rubric to enhance worship for the various seasons of the church year.
Margaret Devine (p) 718-352-8236
John Cronan (p) 718-352-7529
In the State of New York, each parish is a separate religious corporation for legal purposes, governed by a five member Board of Trustees. The Bishop serves as President, the Vicar-General as Vice-President, and the Pastor as Secretary. The Pastor appoints two parishioners to serve as Lay Trustees.
Parish Corporate Structure & Trustees
Parish Pastoral Council
Facilitator: Linda Starace (p) 646-262-6763
Secretary: Betty May (p) 718-358-1564
Pastoral planning on the parish level supports and accompanies the Bishop’s work to revitalize the spiritual and communal life of the Church. The laity has an important role to play in the work of pastoral planning. With their faith, life experience and expertise, the Church must give voice to the hopes, dreams and ideas of the laity that can help to plan our future in faith. The Parish Pastoral Council gives the laity a full and active voice in this important planning work.
The Parish Pastoral Council reviews the parish’s identity and mission within the mission of the Church in Brooklyn. It allows the Parish to look at itself in the light of its mission, assess strengths and resources, limitations and needs, assess the external conditions which affect the parish, make recommendations in specific areas, establish priorities and goals for 3-5 years, and devise ways to accomplish its plans. Members serve a three year term. Nominations are elicited each spring.
Parish Finance Council
Chairperson: James Minogue (p) 516-801-4375
This council assists the pastor in the sound management of the parish’s fiscal and temporal affairs, including budgets, financial reports, stewardship of resources, and investments. The pastor is mandated by the bishop to consult the council in certain matters. Members are appointed by the pastor to three year terms which is renewable.