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Fourth Sunday of Advent







December 20, 2015

Bronx, New York

Christmas Holy Mass Schedule Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24th 5:00 p.m. - English in Church 7:00 p.m. - Spanish in Church 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) - English in Church 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) - Albanian in Auditorium

Christmas Day - Friday, December 25th 9:00 a.m. - Italian in Church 10:30 a.m. - English in Church 12:00 p.m. - English in Church 1:30 p.m. - Albanian in Church

New Year’s Day 2016 Mary, Mother of God A Holy Day of Obligation Holy Mass Schedule New Year’s Eve-December 31st 5:00 p.m. - English in Church

New Year’s Day-January 1, 2016 9:00 a.m. - Italian in Church 10:30 a.m. - English in Church 12:00 p.m. - English in Church 1:15 p.m. - Spanish in Church

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS & A HEALTHY, HAPPY 2016 FROM ALL OF US, TO ALL OF YOU, OUR FAITHFUL AND LOYAL PARISHIONERS, FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Buon Natale Gëzuar Krishtlindjet Joyeux Noël Jwaye Nwèl Giáng sinh vui vẻ sretan Božić Maligayang Pasko - Fröhliche Weihnachten

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 20, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent







Monday- December 21, 2015 - Advent Weekday St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church 8:00 a.m. Luigi & Antoinetta Emanuele 9:00 a.m. Giovan Pietro Teti Tuesday- December 22, 2015 -Late Advent Weekday 8:00 a.m. Special Intention 9:00 a.m. Special Intention Wednesday- December 23, 2015 -Late Advent Weekday - St. John of Kanty, Priest 8:00 a.m. Nancy Castellano 9:00 a.m. Gloria Baron Thursday- December 24, 2015 -Late Advent Weekday 8:00 a.m. Carmela Noto 9:00 a.m. Provideza Troia 5:00 p.m. For all Benefactors living and deceased 7:00 p.m. For All Souls 12:00 a.m. Florence Durso 12:00 a.m. Zvezdan Dedvukaj Friday- December 25, 2015 - The Nativity of the Lord 9:00 a.m. Marie & Grace Di Domenicis 10:30 a.m. Zef and Carlo 12:00 p.m. Kristjan Leka 1:30 p.m. Lumturi Dajci Saturday- December 26, 2015 - St. Stephen, The First Martyr 9:00 a.m. Atoneta Campisi 5:30 p.m. Pashko Nreka 7:00 p.m. Nicola, Anna, Rafael & Frank Inzano Sunday- December 27, 2015 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 8:00 a.m. Palma, Vincenzo & Giuseppe Guida 9:00 a.m. For all Parishioners of St. Lucy’s Parish 9:15 a.m. Nikoll Berisha 10:30 a.m. Gac Kopa, Liza Kopa, Lena Haxhari 12:00 p.m. Lavinia Dunat 1:15 p.m. Michael Rodriguez

Requiescant in Pace Please remember in your prayers the parishioners, friends, relatives and benefactors who recently died especially,

Hilda Matos, Hugh McAulley & Francisco Campos May they rest in Peace, Amen.

December 20, 2015 TODAY’S READINGS First Reading — From you, Bethlehem, shall come forth one who is to be ruler in Israel. (Micah 5:1 4a). Psalm — Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved (Psalm 80). Second Reading — By Christ doing the will of God, we have been consecrated (Hebrews 10:5 10). Gospel — “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:39 45). The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved

Our parish relies on the Christmas and Easter offerings to accomplish the necessary work that needs to be done in the parish. Please be as generous as your means will allow. May God abundantly bless you for your generosity!

Nuestra parroquia se basa en la oferta de Navidad y Semana Santa para llevar a cabo los trabajos necesarios que hay que hacer en la parroquia. Por favor sea tan generoso como sus medios lo permitan. Que Dios abundantemente los bendiga por su generosidad!

We welcome

Anton Gjekaj & Christian Gjekaj baptized on December 12, 2015

into the Roman Catholic Church and our Parish community of St. Lucy

Fourth Sunday of Advent





Message from Fr. Pergjini-



December 20, 2015

It is Thursday, Nov 26, 2015, Thanksgiving Day. I am sitting in the back of the Church looking at the Blessed Sacrament exposed after our Holy Mass of Thanksgiving Day celebration. I look at Christ on the Altar, contemplating the power of the Eucharist and trying to put together my words for this Christmas letter. In those moments of silence and peace I write on my notebook, and then stop for a while looking at the beautiful monstrance illuminated by Our Eucharistic Lord. The power of adoration is majestic. It absorbs my whole being into the real presence of Christ’s soul and divinity on the Altar. Yes, in that spirit of prayer before Christ I try to recall an event of my past to share with you. After the fatigue of a long day, I went up to my room. There I noticed the little red light blinking on the telephone indicating some new messages. Sitting down on my chair and very tired, I listened to the first message. “My name is E…. I am sure you do not know me, but I know you. I was 9 years old when you celebrated the church wedding of my uncle N…. That day, during the beautiful ceremony, my thoughts raced ahead, and I decided that when the time comes for me to be married to the man I will love, I want Father Pergjini to be the priest, and to celebrate my wedding ceremony. Well the time has arrived, and I would love you to come to my parish for this unique day in my life. Please, call me back and I will give you more details regarding my wedding. Thank you and God bless you Father.” I paused for a moment at the gentle and sweet voice of this young woman, and played the message back again. The call made me look back in recollection, wondering who these names might be, and when it was I had celebrated the wedding of her uncle. Their names did not ring any bell. I stopped trying to guess who the people might be, focusing instead on the remarkable words, “I was 9 years old….” It touched me deeply to think of a young girl looking ahead down the years, and having these thoughts. It was inspiring to think the voice of the young woman whose message I just heard on the machine, was also the voice of a little girl when she was 9 years old, dreaming about her own wedding someday. What a unique and beautiful experience to hear her making these connections. It brought to mind the image of a young woman now and a girl then, as she tried to relate the beauty of her past childhood memory to the present moment of her adult experience. I pictured myself celebrating a wedding ceremony in one of the churches where I served. In that crowd of people who were attending the wedding ceremony, a young girl stood quietly and saw everything. I pictured her well dressed for this special occasion. Next to the little girl were her parents and relatives. She must have been an alert and reflective child for her age. Maybe she did not talk or move around with her friends during the wedding ceremony. Otherwise how could she have been able to focus and to think about her plans for the future? I imagined her attentively looking toward the altar. She would be dreaming that one day, as a young woman, she would be there standing, sitting and kneeling next to her husband. She also thought about who was going to be the priest to be celebrating her wedding ceremony. And now after many years, her dream will become a reality. Now I pictured her standing before the altar of Christ with the man whom she loves. I thought also of her parents who at that time placed her in their midst, to protect her with their loving care. They would have watched her grow up from a tiny tot to a hopeful, unsure, beautiful young woman, and now to an adult who can make her own choices, and hope and pray for her own dreams. These good parents would have nourished her with food for body, mind, and soul, and with the love and care of honest and humble people. They would have been her first teachers to instruct and inspire her with lessons and examples of faith and moral values. They were the first to show that she could bring God’s own quiet love into the world. Now it was late in the evening. I was tired from a long day of my priestly ministry, listing and reflecting upon the voice of a young woman who is planning to get married. I called her back and humbly accepted her request. Several times, I met with her and her fiancé before the wedding day. It was a very moving experience for me. I pictured her as a child and now I saw a young woman ready to say yes to Christ and to her husband, to bear witness to a faithful and fruitful love. It was a very inspiring and beautiful moment. They were a good looking and humble couple, and to me a promising one. On the day of the wedding, as we were waiting for the bridal party to come into the church, I saw her husband kneeling before the tabernacle in a deep prayer. Then he stood for a while longer continuing his silent prayer. This moment touched me. Often the groom talks with his best man and other friends before the wedding, seeming to forget that he is in church. This young man was a unique case, and his future wife was too. The time came, the music swelled, we all turned, and she walked in at her father’s side. She was a beautiful bride modestly dressed reflecting humility and joy as she walked toward the Altar of Christ. I looked at her and remembered the picture in my mind of the little girl in one of the pews, dreaming about her own special day, her own marriage day. Now this wonderful day has finally arrived. You could see all this memory and history in the joy streaming from her face. My homily was short. I was a teenager when I used to read with, great passion, books of the famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. At the last hour of his life he spoke these moving and earnest words to his wife. “Remember this, Anna, I have always loved you passionately, and I was never unfaithful to you even in my thoughts.” Yes indeed, young people standing before the Altar of Christ, remember this that you promise to give to each other a free, total, faithful, and fruitful love! How could it be that Dostoyevsky was such a faithful man who even in his thoughts never betrayed his wife? What brought him to this? Reading him and knowing him through his powerful novels, it was clear that Dostoyevsky was a faithful man, because at the center of his life was Jesus Christ, the God of eternal love. Dostoyevsky loved Christ to the end without End. I am still sitting here in the back of our church, looking at the beautiful monstrance illuminated by the real presence of Christ. In those moments of peaceful prayer embraced by the power of adoration I place before the real presence of Christ, body, soul, and divinity, this young couple, every young couple, those who still remain faithful to their wedding vows, those who struggle to remain faithful, those who have been betrayed but still remain faithful to Christ, and you my dear friends and family. Those known and unknown to me, those who have gone to rest, to our end without End, here at St. Lucy’s and across the world, especially those Christians who shed their blood to remain faithful to Christ, and the innocent victims of terrorist attacks. We are all united in the loving vision of Christ our Eternal Savior, who is our endless and eternal Christmas present. It is in that spirit to be faithful and fruitful to the truth of Christ, I wish to all of you from my heart, a blessed Christmas filled with hope in Christ who saves our broken souls, and prayers that you may receive many blessings of love and peace for the coming New Year in 2016. God Bless, Fr. Pergjini

Fourth Sunday of Advent





Mensaje de Padre Pergjini-



December 20, 2015

Es Jueves, 26 de noviembre 2015, el Día de Acción de Gracias. Estoy sentado en la parte de atrás de la Iglesia mirando el Santísimo Sacramento expuesto después de nuestra Santa Misa de Acción de Gracias de la celebración del Día. Miro a Cristo en el Altar, contemplando el poder de la Eucaristía y tratando de armar mis palabras de esta carta de Navidad. En esos momentos de silencio y la paz que escribo en mi cuaderno, y luego se detiene por un momento mirando el hermoso ostensorio iluminado por Nuestro Señor Eucarístico. El poder de la adoración es majestuoso. Se absorbe todo mi ser en la presencia real del alma y la divinidad de Cristo en el Altar. Sí, en ese espíritu de oración antes de Cristo Trato de recordar un acontecimiento de mi pasado para compartir con ustedes. Después de la fatiga de un largo día, me fui a mi habitación. No me di cuenta de la pequeña luz roja parpadeante en el teléfono indicando algunos mensajes nuevos. Sentado en mi silla y muy cansado, escuché el primer mensaje. "Mi nombre es ... E. Estoy seguro de que no me conoce, pero yo te conozco. Yo tenía 9 años cuando se celebró la boda en la iglesia de mi tío N .... Ese día, durante la ceremonia hermosa, mis pensamientos se adelantó, y decidí que cuando llegue el momento para mí de estar casada con el hombre que yo te amaré, quiero Padre Pergjini para ser sacerdote, y para celebrar mi boda. Bueno, el tiempo ha llegado, y me encantaría que vinieras a mi parroquia para este día único en mi vida. Por favor, llámame y te voy a dar más detalles acerca de mi boda. Gracias y que Dios los bendiga Padre ". Hice una pausa por un momento a la voz suave y dulce de esta joven, y jugué el mensaje de nuevo. La llamada me hizo mirar hacia atrás en el recuerdo, preguntándose quiénes son estos nombres podrían ser, y cuando fui yo había celebrado la boda de su tío. Sus nombres no suene ninguna campana. Dejé de tratar de adivinar quiénes son las personas que sean, centrándose en cambio en las notables palabras: "Yo tenía 9 años ...." Me conmovió profundamente a pensar de una joven que anticipa largo de los años, y tener estos pensamientos. Fue inspirador pensar la voz de la joven cuyo mensaje que acabo de oír en la máquina, era también la voz de una niña cuando ella tenía 9 años de edad, soñando con su propia boda algún día. ¡Qué experiencia tan única y hermosa de la oyó hacer estas conexiones. Trajo a la mente la imagen de una mujer joven ahora y una niña entonces, mientras trataba de relacionar la belleza de su recuerdo de la infancia pasado hasta el momento actual de su experiencia adulta. Me imaginé a mí mismo celebrando una ceremonia de boda en una de las iglesias donde he servido. En esa multitud de personas que asistían a la ceremonia de la boda, una joven se quedó en silencio y vio todo. Me la imaginé bien vestido para esta ocasión especial. Al lado de la niña fueron sus padres y familiares. Ella debe haber sido una alerta y niño reflexivo para su edad. Tal vez ella no hablaba ni se mueve por ahí con sus amigos durante la ceremonia de la boda. De lo contrario, ¿cómo podría haber sido capaz de concentrarse y pensar acerca de sus planes para el futuro? La imaginé con atención mirando hacia el altar. Ella estaría soñando que un día, cuando era joven, ella estaría allí de pie, sentado y de rodillas junto a su marido. También pensó en quién iba a ser el sacerdote que celebra la ceremonia de su boda. Y ahora, después de muchos años, su sueño se hará realidad. Ahora me imaginé de pie ante el altar de Cristo con el hombre al que ama. Pensé también de sus padres, que en ese momento le colocan en medio de ellos, para protegerla con su cuidado amoroso. Habrían visto crecer desde un pequeño tot a una esperanza, inseguro, hermosa joven, y ahora a un adulto que pueda tomar sus propias decisiones, y la esperanza y rezar por sus propios sueños. Estos buenos padres se han nutrido de ella con alimento para el cuerpo, mente y alma, y con el amor y el cuidado de las personas honestas y humildes. Habrían sido sus primeros maestros para instruir e inspirar a ella con lecciones y ejemplos de fe y los valores morales. Ellos fueron los primeros en demostrar que ella podría traer propio amor silencioso de Dios en el mundo. Ahora era tarde en la noche. Estaba cansado de un largo día de mi ministerio sacerdotal, enumerando y reflexionar sobre la voz de una mujer joven que está planeando casarse. Llamé a su espalda y humildemente aceptó su petición. Varias veces, me reuní con ella y su prometido antes de que el día de la boda. Fue una experiencia muy emocionante para mí. Me la imaginé como un niño y ahora que vi a una joven dispuesta a decir que sí a Cristo ya su marido, para dar testimonio de un amor fiel y fecundo. Fue un momento muy inspirador y hermoso. Eran un buen aspecto y humilde pareja, y para mí una prometedora. En el día de la boda, ya que estábamos esperando para la fiesta nupcial a entrar en la iglesia, vi a su marido de rodillas ante el tabernáculo, en la oración profunda. Luego se quedó un rato más para continuar su oración silenciosa. Este momento me tocó. A menudo, las conversaciones de novio con su mejor hombre y otros amigos antes de la boda, que parecen olvidar que es en la iglesia. Este joven era un caso único, y su futura esposa era demasiado. Llegó el momento, la música se hinchó, todos nos volvimos, y ella entró al lado de su padre. Era una hermosa novia modestamente vestida refleja la humildad y alegría mientras caminaba hacia el altar de Cristo. La miré y recordé la imagen en mi mente de la niña en una de las bancas, soñando con su propio día especial, su propio día de la boda. Ahora este maravilloso día por fin ha llegado. Se podía ver toda esta memoria y la historia en la alegría de streaming de la cara. Mi homilía fue corta. Yo era un adolescente cuando solía leer con, gran pasión, los libros de la famosa novelista ruso Fiódor Dostoievski. En la última hora de su vida él dijo estas palabras conmovedoras y sinceras a su esposa. "Recuerda esto, Anna, yo siempre te he amado con pasión, y yo nunca fui infiel a usted, incluso en mis pensamientos." Sí, efectivamente, a los jóvenes que están delante del altar de Cristo, recuerden esto que usted se compromete a dar el uno al otro un país libre , total, fiel y amor fecundo! ¿Cómo podía ser que Dostoievski era un hombre tan fiel que incluso en sus pensamientos nunca traicionó a su esposa? ¿Qué lo llevó a esto? Él Lectura y conocerlo a través de sus poderosas novelas, estaba claro que Dostoievski era un hombre fiel, porque en el centro de su vida era Jesucristo, el Dios del amor eterno. Dostoievski amó a Cristo hasta el final sin final. Todavía estoy aquí sentado en la parte trasera de la iglesia, mirando el hermoso ostensorio iluminado por la presencia real de Cristo. En esos momentos de oración pacífica abrazado por el poder de la adoración pongo ante la presencia real de Cristo, cuerpo, alma y divinidad, esta joven pareja, cada pareja de jóvenes, los que aún permanecen fieles a sus votos de boda, los que luchan por siguen siendo fieles, los que han sido traicionados, pero aún permanecen fieles a Cristo, y ustedes, mis queridos amigos y familiares. Los conocidos y desconocidos para mí, los que han ido a descansar, a nuestro fin sin fin, aquí en St. Lucy y en todo el mundo, especialmente a aquellos cristianos que derramó su sangre para permanecer fieles a Cristo, y las víctimas inocentes de los ataques terroristas . Todos estamos unidos en la visión amorosa de Cristo nuestro Salvador eterno, que es nuestra infinita y eterna regalo de Navidad. Es en ese espíritu de ser fiel y fecunda a la verdad de Cristo, les deseo a todos ustedes desde mi corazón, una Navidad bendita llena de esperanza en Cristo que salva nuestras almas rotas, y las oraciones que pueden recibir muchas bendiciones de amor y paz para el próximo Año Nuevo en 2016. Dios los bendiga, Padre Pergjini

Fourth Sunday of Advent







December 20, 2015

Friday, January 22, 2016 Our parish will attend the march in Washington, D.C. Please join us in the fight to protect and respect the dignity of human life, from conception to natural death. We as marchers will bring our prayers and the pro-life message to our nation’s capitol. Morning Holy Mass at 6 a.m. in the Church before the bus departs at 6:45 a.m. We will return around 10 p.m. Bus fee: $45 for adults and $20 for students Donations are also accepted to cover the student fee To make reservations, please come to the rectory with the bus fee by January 16th. For more information, please contact the rectory at 718-882-0710.

Now through December 23rd Please donate new, unwrapped toys for the less fortunate children ages 12 and under Please drop toy donations to the rectory office or give to an usher at Mass.

Desde ahora hasta el 23 de diciembre Por favor donar juguetes nuevos sin envolver por los menos afortunados niños menores de 12 años Por favor deje donaciones de juguetes en la oficina de la rectoría o dar a un ujier en la Misa.

In Memoriam  The candle in honor of the Blessed Mother burns this week in memory of

Mildred & Anthony Capano

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