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Lent do over

Today is Tuesday of the fourth week of Lent.  At the beginning of Lent we all made a Lenten promise.  How are we doing with that promise?  If we are doing well then great keep it up.  If we have failed in our Lenten promise it is time to get back up and start over. 

How are we doing this Lent?  Have we gone to confession? If not we should go in order to prepare to receive Jesus this Easter!  Are we afraid of the confessional?  Do not be.  The priest can't tell anyone anything that he hears in the confessional and he probably won't remember anyway.   Has it been a long time since we've been to confession?  It doesn't matter how long it has been since our last confession.  It could be 10 years, 20 years, 50 years or 100 year since your last confession.  Do not be afraid for in the confessional you will find a merciful Jesus waiting for you.  Remember that it is Jesus through the priest in the Sacrament of Penance (also known as Confession or Reconciliation) who takes away our sins!

 

God Bless You!

 

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FoundNation Who Dem Boyz



The video above is a great song by FoundNation.

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Ash Wednesday 2018

Today we are once again beginning the holy season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is once again upon us.  Interestingly this year it is also Valentine's Day in the United States of America.  I wonder which will win tonight, the restaurants or the Church.  For us Catholics today is both a day of fasting (one full meal for the day) and abstinence (no eating of meat today.)  Today a wonderful thing happens.  Catholic churches are filled.  For those who do not come regularly today is a day not to come and see but to come and stay!  The ashes remind us of what Pope Francis said, the Church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum of saints.  Confession is available for whoever wishes to be forgiven and come back to the fold.  As we walk around with the crosses on our forehead we remind all about God.  God is love and he loves you very much.

 

 

For further reading on Ash Wednesday, Lent, Fasting and Abstinence please see: www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/questions-and-answers-about-lent.cfm

 

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Be prepared! Death comes like a thief in the night.

Lately, in my life many people have been dying.  My mom died in March of 2017, my friend Eugene passed away in August of 2017, somewhere in between my aunt died.  Another aunt died just a few days ago.  I also have two friends, recently one lost his grandmother and the other his father.  We have also had many funerals at our parish.  Upon reflecting on all of this I thought that death comes like a thief in the night.  Some people die suddenly and unexpectedly while others die after a long illness.  Therefore we must be ready at all times to see Our Lord.  We must change our ways, go often to the sacrament of reconciliation.  I suggest going once a month.  The church requires that we all go at least once a year however why not go more often?   In the sacrament of reconciliation not only do we have our sins forgiven by Jesus through the priest but we also receive sanctifying grace.  Sanctifying grace is the grace that helps us to become saints.  We all want to be saints because a saint is a person in heaven.  If there is a sin that we are attached to we must let it go and go to confession.  We ought to avoid people, places and things that lead us to sin.  God wants us to be with Him in heaven.  We must be ready at all times to meet Our Lord for our particular or final judgment.  God has given us the sacraments so that we can go to heaven.  We should also pray and read sacred scripture.  God is love and He loves you very much.

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168 1

 

God loves you!  He created the world, He created us, He is all powerful, the only God and He is good.   He gives us 168 hours in a week and only asks us for one hour back.  God loves us so much he waits for us at Mass every Sunday (remember that Sunday Masses begin Saturdays at any Mass which begins at 4pm.)  The bread at Mass literally changes into the Body of Christ.   The wine at Mass literally becomes the Blood of Christ.  You see God loves us so much that he bothers to come to Mass to unite Himself with us (if we are properly disposed to receiving Him.)  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is awesome.  That one hour can transform our lives for ever.  I hope to see you in heaven.

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How to find out informaiton from your family in Puerto Rico

As you well know Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico.  According to certain news outlets including NBC:  The information is as follows according to NBC:

Puerto Rico's government has asked people who have not been able to determine the status of friends and family who live in the island to reach out to its staffers.

The territory's Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) on Thursday provided a phone number and an email address.

Phone: 202-800-3133 (This line was full as of Friday morning. NBC has reached out to the government of Puerto Rico to ask when it will be re-opened.)
Email: maria1@prfaa.pr.gov

For those looking to make donations or volunteer, contact: 

Phone: 202-800-3134
Email: maria2@prfaa.pr.gov

Those communicating with the agency are urged to provide contact information and as many details about the person whom is sought as possible, including name, age and possible locations.

The PRFAA is experiencing a high email volume, so officials have urged people not to send more than one email until the status of their loved one is updated.

USA.gov is also encouraging friends and family seeking information to call Puerto Rico's WIPR local radio station at 787-777-0940. Concerned loved ones can also used the American Red Cross' Safe and Well registry.



Source: How to Contact, Determine Status of Loved Ones in Puerto Rico - NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/How-to-contact-determine-status-of-loved-ones-in-Puerto-Rico-446633433.html#ixzz4tQgrstU8
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Source: How to Contact, Determine Status of Loved Ones in Puerto Rico - NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/How-to-contact-determine-status-of-loved-ones-in-Puerto-Rico-446633433.html#ixzz4tQgYIIBd
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Happy New Year

 

I hope 2017 is an awesome year for you!  I wanted to share some insights with you.  As priests we are able to witness the profound love Jesus has for us.  Recently I went on two sick calls and I was amazed.  Here is Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity in my pyx.  He is with me as I walk around Washington Heights.  He is with me visiting the sick.  Jesus' love is amazing.  What humility, the only true God, King of the Universe in a pyx traveling with me to visit the sick.  What love, what love!

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FREE Rosaries (no rosaries are left sorry)

I rebranded the store on this website with a new logo and url.  [expired domain name ]is the new store of my website.  I give some stuff away on the site.  October s the month of the Rosary!  I'm giving away free Rosaries this month.  You can pick them up here in New York if you live in New York.   Simply click on the image below and checkout to get your free rosaries.  Please note I only have the blue rosaries.   If you live outside of New York just pay shipping and I'll ship them to you.

 

(All Rosaries have been given away.)

 

 

 

 


 

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The Church Is Young!


This past July and August I went to my first World Youth Day in Poland!  It was great to see that the Church is young.  For the first time in my life their were so many priests hearing confessions that I was told I had to wait for one of them to leave before I could hear confessions.  The best times for me at World Youth Day were the same as anywhere else, celebrating Mass and spending time in front of our Eucharistic Lord.  I am very happy that the next World Youth Day will be in Panama.  I hope to start preparing for that World Youth Day soon.   I hope to see you there!

 

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Catholic Hip Hop?

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What Is Lent?

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What is Advent?

As I was preparing to explain the Season of Advent to our Youth Group I found the video above from Concordia Publications.  It is a good brief description of advent.  During this season I recommend that we all make a good confession so that we can better receive Jesus this Christmas.  I plan to go in the Third week of Advent.  

 

The video by De La Salle below is also good.

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All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day!  Today, we remember our beloved dead.  It is good to pray for our dead because it is a spiritual work of mercy.  I like to say that it is like giving a hug or a kiss to our loved ones.  Imagine, for a moment, those souls that are in purgatory.  Today, as we remember all of the dead we remember and pray for them as well.  They might even be our friends and family members.  Imagine that because of our prayers God allows one of them to go to heaven.  That will be awesome since we will have a friend in heaven who can pray for us!  In addition, that person will be in the presence of almighty God forever.  That would be a great joy in itself.  

Many people do not understand what purgatory is.  This video below from OutsideDaBox gives a great explanation. Today, I went to the cemetery to pray for the dead.  It is a good pious tradition.  I'll offer Mass for all the faithful departed at 7:30 pm tonight in my church.  God Bless You.

 

 

 

 

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Evening Prayer with Pope Francis at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

On the left the Gospel of Luke with the picture of Pope Francis.  It was given out last night at Evening Prayer at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  On the right was my ticket.

In my last blog post I mentioned that even I couldn't get a ticket to see Pope Francis in Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  Evening prayer took place on September 24, 2015 and I received a ticket on the 23rd.  I jumped with excitement.  I was in the Lady Chapel.  I incorrectly thought that these seats were not good as we would not be able to see the Pope well.  I was completely wrong these were the best seats in the house.  I arrived at about 2 pm and waited with many others.  I knew many of those who were waiting.  Once we were allowed in the Cathedral I met some of my priest friends and then I sat in the chapel for a few hours waiting for the pope.  My mind was on my parishioners who were outside.  I hoped the pope would not come into the Cathedral too quickly so that they can see the pope!  Some were waiting since about noon and it was already about 6:30pm!  Fortunately my people saw the pope!  The atmosphere in the Cathedral was one of excitement when Pope Francis entered.  Someone gave him roses and he put them in front of the Pieta.  What a beautiful reminder for us to go to our Mother!  Then the most amazing thing happened he knelt in front of a tabernacle which had Jesus reserved inside.  I had been near that tabernacle for hours but since it is usually not used and there were many people I didn't notice he was there.  Had I noticed I would have spent my time in waiting there.  What a great reminder for us to go to Jesus.  He knelt for a short while.  This was visible from the chapel where I was!  Many stood up to see him from about 15 feet.  He then went into another chapel and was vested for Evening Prayer.  I enjoyed the excitement in the faces of the people behind me as I pointed out to them where the pope was seating.  He was very far away from us but he was visible.  Evening prayer was awesome as it was sung!  I love singing evening prayer!  The Choir of Saint Patrick's Cathedral was singing which made the prayerful experience even better!  When the pope spoke he began by addressing the Muslims who suffered death and tragedy at Mecca yesterday during a stampede.  I thought this was a beautiful gesture.  The Pope spoke in Spanish so it was great to hear him speak in a language I understand.  There was an english translation on tv screens for people to follow. It was infinitely better to hear him speak and understand.  He challenged us priests!  He spoke about our time off and how we can spend more time off helping the needy.  He mentioned that it is not good to defend our time off although time for rest is needed.  He also spoke about how the fruits of our labor are not always visible.  He said "from a human point of view, Jesus ministry ended in failure on the cross."   Boy did I need to hear that one!  Thank you Pope Francis!  After evening prayer the pope unvested and went into the Cardinal's residence.  He then came back out and I was able to see him from about 25 feet.  Seeing the Pope was exciting but I realized in my own life that I should be as excited to see Jesus.  Unfortunately we priests are used to being near Jesus all the time so we lose that excitement.  Pray for us priests!

 

If anyone has extra tickets to Central Park or MSG please text me.  I have a long list of parishioners who would like to see Pope Francis!  My public number is (845) 204 -8981  Please do not call or text to ask for tickets as I do not have any.

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Papal Pastoral Dilemma

Many priest in the Archdiocese of New York have the same pastoral dilemma I have.  Many people who want tickets to Papal Events and not enough tickets.  Pope Francis is graciously going through a procession in central park on Friday 9/25/15.  The City of New York gave out 80,000 tickets.  I first heard about this on 1010 wins and told my parishioners. Some of them were able to get tickets.  I myself received two tickets which did not last 24 hours in my possession!  This was by far the easiest ticket to get since according to the New York Times only 93,143 people applied for them and 40,000 pairs were given out.  The odds were almost 1:2 to get one of these tickets if you were fortunate to hear the news that they were available and were a New York City resident.  By contrast the most difficult ticket to get is the one to Vespers at Saint Patrick's Cathedra on 9/24/15.  Even I couldn't get one of those for myself.  Priests here in New York were able to enter into a lottery in order to get a ticket.  I was fortunate to secure four tickets for myself and three parishioners to a live streaming of the papal vespers at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  This event was put together by Corazon Puro and the Office of Young Adult Outreach of the Archdiocese of New York and will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Manhattan.  Tickets are required and are no longer available.  The event will be streamed live here: https://www.youtube.com/user/olgcny  Approximately 1,000 people most of which are young adults will be present at that event.  On Thursday, some lucky people will have tickets to be on the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral as Pope Francis arrives.  The best event of all the events in my opinion will be the Mass celebrated at Madison Square Garden.  The picture is of my friends Papal Concelebration Ticket.  Only 20,000 fortunate people were able to get tickets to this event through their parishes in the Archdiocese of New York.  I was fortunate to be able to get an extra ticket for a priest friend of mine.  I'm still asking people for tickets.  If you have a ticket you will not use I have plenty of parishioners that would like to attend any of these events.  Please contact me at 845.204.8981.  Text messages work best for that number.  Please do not call or text to request tickets as I do not have any to give out.  The closing idea for this blog is that it is awesome that we all want to see the Vicar of Christ here in New York.  Pope Francis would agree that their is one greater than him who will be at every Catholic Church in the world this Sunday.  His name is Jesus and no tickets are required.  God Bless You.

 

For more information on papal events visit http://www.popefrancisvisit.com/

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ClericalShirtsUK.com enters the US Market

ClericalShirtsUK.com is entering the US Clerical Shirt market.  For priests here in the United States their are a few major brands for clerical shirts.  They can cost from $20 to $60.  With online ordering and decent shipping times priests can now purchase clerical shirts, vestments and just about anything from companies around the world.  I personally own vestments from India, Italy and Mexico.  I own clerical shirts from the USA, Italy and the UK.  ClericalShirtsUK.com gave me one of their 100% easy care cotton shirts in order for me to try it and review it for this blog.  The shirt I have can be seen here: http://clericalshirtsuk.com/100-easy-care-cotton-short-sleeved-clergy-shirts-black  As of today the shirt costs £29.95 pounds which is approximately $46.51 USD.  This cost does not include the cost of shipping.  I found the shirt to be similar in quality to the other clerical shirts I own.  It is the only shirt that I own that is 100% cotton.  I wish they would include two collar inserts with the shirt as it only comes with one and I tend to lose my collar inserts.  The shirt sizes are slightly different than in the US.  I'm a 15.5 in the US and I found this clerical shirt to be a bit big.  Perhaps ordering a half a size smaller would work.  In contrast I find my Italian 15.5 clerical shirts are a bit tight.  This of course might be do to the manufacturers of the clerical shirts and not the countries in which they are made.  If you like 100% cotton this might be the clerical shirt for you.  If you know a priest from the UK here in the USA perhaps they would like one as a gift from their home.  

 

Disclaimer:  I am not sure where the Magpie clerical shirt I have is manufactured as it does not say so on the label.  I wrote this article at the request of ClericalShirtsUK.com.  I did receive a free clerical shirt in order to do so.   

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Thank You

Thank you to all my generous donors.  My WYD 2016 trip is fully funded!!!!!  All checks that I receive now for WYD will go directly to helping the youth of my parish attend!  Trust in God!  I knew I couldn't afford it but I trusted it would work out.  I paid a few payments on my own.  I wrote letters and asked people for help and people were extremely generous.  This is the method I used.  I sent letters explaining to people what World Youth Day is and why I wanted to go.  I then asked them to donate any amount and informed them that regardless of their ability to donate I would be praying for them in Poland.  I sent a self addressed stamped envelope with every letter that I sent out.  I raised enough money to pay my whole trip and I already have a surplus which will help others in my parish.  I only sent about 33 letters out.  Write a letter to everyone you know.  Pray and ask God.  Then pray and get ready for a great encounter with the Youth of the World, Pope Francis and most importantly Jesus!  I ask that you pray for me that I may help many youth to go to Jesus at World Youth Day 2016!

 

Want to help the kids in my parish?

 

Send checks to

Incarnation Church
c/o Father Rosado
1290 Saint Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10033

Want to go to a concert which will benefit the kids of our parish attending World Youth Day?  Go to https://ticketriver.com/event/14526

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Catholic Music Concert

 

 

Incarnation Church proudly presents a Contemporary Catholic Music concert featuring Hip Hop by C2Six and CCM by Ela Love is All (she appears courtesy of Deus Canticum.)  Money raised will help our Young people to go meet Jesus and Pope Francis in Poland at World Youth Day 2016.

 

 

You can watch a video of Ela Love Is All here: 

 

 

 

All Sales are Final

 

 


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The Life of a Priest

People wonder what our lives our like.  I made this video to show you.  God Bless You.

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