St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria Nicolasa Perez, longtime parishioner of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church. Maria was one of the most active volunteers at St. Nicholas where she helped coordinate baptisms, family presentations, the Thanksgiving turkey raffle, the Festival of Nations, and many other events. The wake and viewing will be at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Friday, October 22nd from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, with the Funeral Mass following at 12:00 pm.
There will be a memorial mass for Samuel Jerome (Jay) Martin at Schervier Rehabilitation & Rehab Center (where Marilyn is) on Monday, October 25th at 10:00 am. https://www.fordhamprep.org/alumni/hall-of-honor/inductees-h-p/s-jerome-martin
We are sad to report the death of Jay Martin, one of our longtime parishioners. Jay passed away this morning just 10 days shy of his 92 birthday. At the moment, funeral arrangements are uncertain but we will keep you posted. Let us keep Marilyn Martin, his wife in our prayers. Marilyn is in the Schervier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverdale, The Bronx at 2975 Independence Avenue.
Saturday, September 11, 2021, we will continue celebrating our patron st. Nicholas of Tolentine. We will have a trilingual liturgy at 10:00 am. and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Please, come and bring those who are in need of Anointing.// El sábado 11 de septiembre a las 10:00 am estaremos celebrando una misa trilingüe en honor de nuestro patrón San Nicolás de Tolentino. Celebraremos también el Sacramento de la Unción de los Enfermos. Vengan y traigan a los enfermos que necesiten la Unción.

Welcome to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, an Augustinian Community serving the northwest region of the Bronx since 1906.

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11/20/2021

There is a lovely idea in the Celtic tradition that if you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition, there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his book, Anam Cara
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Beloved Friends - Co. Galway, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

11/12/2021

We have often heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is usually taken to mean that the sense of beauty is utterly subjective; there is no accounting for taste because each person's taste is different. The statement has another, more subtle meaning: if our style of looking becomes beautiful, then beauty will become visible and shine forth for us. We will be surprised to discover beauty in unexpected places where the ungraceful eye would never linger. The graced eye can glimpse beauty anywhere, for beauty does not reserve itself for special elite moments or instances; it does not wait for perfection but is present already secretly in everything. When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from the books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
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Burren National Park
Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

11/06/2021
11/05/2021

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you towards
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from the blessing, 'For the Traveler,' from his books: To Bless the Space Between Us (US) / Benedictus (Europe)
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County Kerry, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

It's now easier to send St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish a message. 10/27/2021

It's now easier to send St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish a message.

It's now easier to send St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish a message.

10/23/2021

There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself. Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his books, Benedictus (Europe) /
To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
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Co Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

10/18/2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria Nicolasa Perez, longtime parishioner of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church. Maria was one of the most active volunteers at St. Nicholas where she helped coordinate baptisms, family presentations, the Thanksgiving turkey raffle, the Festival of Nations, and many other events. The wake and viewing will be at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Friday, October 22nd from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, with the Funeral Mass following at 12:00 pm.

10/15/2021

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

From his books, Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
Ordering Info: https://johnodonohue.com/store

Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

Photos from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish's post 10/13/2021

There will be a memorial mass for Samuel Jerome (Jay) Martin at Schervier Rehabilitation & Rehab Center (where Marilyn is) on Monday, October 25th at 10:00 am. https://www.fordhamprep.org/alumni/hall-of-honor/inductees-h-p/s-jerome-martin

10/08/2021

May this be a morning of innocent beginning,
When the gift within you slips clear
Of the sticky web of the personal
With its hurt and hauntings,
And fixed fortress corners,

A morning when you become a pure vessel
For what wants to ascend from silence,

May your imagination know
The grace of perfect danger,

To reach beyond imitation,
And the wheel of repetition,

Deep into the call of all
The unfinished and unsolved

Until the veil of the unknown yields
And something original begins
To stir toward your senses
And grow stronger in your heart...

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from the blessing, 'For the Artist at the Start of Day' in the books, Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
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Sunrise at Liscannor
Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

10/02/2021

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his books, Benedictus (Europe) /
To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
Ordering Info: https://johnodonohue.com/store

Galway Bay from the Ballyvaughan Pier
Co Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

[09/18/21]   We are sad to report the death of Jay Martin, one of our longtime parishioners. Jay passed away this morning just 10 days shy of his 92 birthday. At the moment, funeral arrangements are uncertain but we will keep you posted. Let us keep Marilyn Martin, his wife in our prayers. Marilyn is in the Schervier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverdale, The Bronx at 2975 Independence Avenue.

09/10/2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021, we will continue celebrating our patron st. Nicholas of Tolentine. We will have a trilingual liturgy at 10:00 am. and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Please, come and bring those who are in need of Anointing.// El sábado 11 de septiembre a las 10:00 am estaremos celebrando una misa trilingüe en honor de nuestro patrón San Nicolás de Tolentino. Celebraremos también el Sacramento de la Unción de los Enfermos. Vengan y traigan a los enfermos que necesiten la Unción.

Saturday, September 11, 2021, we will continue celebrating our patron st. Nicholas of Tolentine. We will have a trilingual liturgy at 10:00 am. and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Please, come and bring those who are in need of Anointing.// El sábado 11 de septiembre a las 10:00 am estaremos celebrando una misa trilingüe en honor de nuestro patrón San Nicolás de Tolentino. Celebraremos también el Sacramento de la Unción de los Enfermos. Vengan y traigan a los enfermos que necesiten la Unción.

09/10/2021

Hoy, 10 de septiembre, 2021, Misa en español celebrando a nuestro Patrón San Nicolas de Tolentino a las 7:30 pm. Los esperamos!

Hoy, 10 de septiembre, 2021, Misa en español celebrando a nuestro Patrón San Nicolas de Tolentino a las 7:30 pm. Los esperamos!

08/28/2021

Forgiveness is one of the really difficult things in life. The logic of receiving hurt seems to run in the direction of never forgetting either the hurt or the hurter. When you forgive, some deeper, divine generosity takes over. When you can forgive, then you are free. When you cannot forgive, you are a prisoner of the hurt done to you. If you are really disappointed in someone and you become embittered, you become incarcerated inside that feeling. Only the grace of forgiveness can break the straight logic of hurt and embitterment. It gives you a way out, because it places the conflict on a completely different level. In a strange way, it keeps the whole conflict human. You begin to see and understand the conditions, circumstances, or weakness that made the other person act as they did.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his book, Eternal Echoes
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County Galway, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

08/28/2021
08/27/2021

#Beatificación Nos alegramos todos y damos gracias a Dios por la próxima Beatificación de nuestros mártires

08/27/2021

SAINT MONICA, MOTHER OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Monica was born in Tagaste, present day Algeria, in 331, to a deeply Christian family of some means. She was given in marriage to Patricius, a pagan, who was a small land-owner. Together they had three children, Augustine, Navigius, and a daughter whose name is not known to us. Strong of character as well as of faith, she sought to guide her family in their human and Christian development most of all by her own example and prayer but, when necessary, also by her persuasive words and diligent actions. Thus she brought her husband to discover the beauty of the Catholic faith, as well as the son of her many tears, Augustine. Monica figures significantly in Augustine's journey all the way through to his eventual conversion, and is remembered in history - according to his own words - as the mother "who brought me to birth, both in her flesh, so that I was born into this temporal light, and in her heart, that I might be born into eternal light" (Conf. 8, 17). Her great joy was to witness the baptism of Augustine, after his long and restless journey to the faith of the Church, by Bishop Ambrose in Milan in 387. Some months later, as mother and son, together with Augustine's own son and a small group of friends were making their way back to North Africa to begin living a monastic life, Monica died at Ostia while awaiting the ship. There she was buried and in time the site of her burial was lost. Later, however, it was rediscovered and her remains were transferred to the Basilica of Saint Augustine in Rome where they are now venerated. Monica is that wise and prudent woman about whom Scripture speaks, not afraid to live her faith openly nor to share it with others. It would not be fair to characterize her, however, as an over-bearing and meddling woman. Just as she knew how to win the heart of her husband through silence and patience, she learned how to touch that of her son through her words and persistent attention.

Photos from Augustinian Vocations's post 08/27/2021

Photos from Augustinian Vocations's post

08/27/2021

Feliz Día de Santa Monica! Happy Feast of St. Monica!

Feliz Día de Santa Monica! Happy Feast of St. Monica!

08/20/2021

As we journey onwards in life, more and more spaces within us fill with absence. We begin to have more and more friends among the dead. Every person suffers the absence of their past. It is utterly astonishing how the force and fiber of each day unravel into the vacant air of yesterday. You look behind you and you see nothing of your days here. Our vanished days increase our experience of absence. Yet our past does not deconstruct as if it never was. Memory is the place where our vanished days secretly gather. Memory rescues experience from total disappearance. The kingdom of memory is full of the ruins of presence. It is astonishing how faithful experience actually is; how it never vanishes completely. Experience leaves deep traces in us. It is surprising that years after something has happened to you the needle of thought can hit some groove in the mind and the music of a long vanished event can rise in your soul as fresh and vital as the evening it happened.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his book, Eternal Echoes
Ordering Info: https://johnodonohue.com/store

Co. Kerry, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Three Priests Ordained at Villanova — Augustinian Vocations 08/10/2021

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Three Priests Ordained at Villanova — Augustinian Vocations

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08/09/2021

2021 Ordinations at Villanova

El Papa. La humanidad se salva y el virus se neutraliza con las vacunas - Vatican News 08/06/2021

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07/30/2021

WHERE LOVE HAS LIVED

A home is not simply a building; it is the shelter around the intimacy of a life. Coming in from the outside world and its rasp of force and usage, you relax and allow yourself to be who you are. The inner walls of a home are threaded with the textures of one's soul, a subtle weave of presences. If you could see your home through the lens of the soul, you would be surprised at the beauty concealed in the memory your home holds. When you enter some homes, you sense how the memories have seeped to the surface, infusing the aura of the place and deepening the tone of its presence. Where love has lived, a house still holds the warmth. Even the poorest home feels like a nest if love and tenderness dwell there.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
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Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

07/25/2021
07/25/2021
Timeline Photos 07/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Fr. Elizandro Contreras, O.S.A. was ordained on June 26th and celebrated his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in the Bronx, NY on July 4, 2021. Fr. Elizandro assumes his first ministry as a member of the staff at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Please pray for Fr. Elizandro as he begins his life as a priest.

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07/23/2021

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from the blessing, 'The Inner History of a Day,' found in the books: Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
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Co. Kerry, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

Nuevo Sacerdote Agustino Sirvió en la Parroquia de Tolentino en el Bronx 07/19/2021

Nuevo Sacerdote Agustino Sirvió en la Parroquia de Tolentino en el Bronx

Nuevo Sacerdote Agustino Sirvió en la Parroquia de Tolentino en el Bronx A los 13 años, el padre Elizandro Contreras, O.S.A., pensó por primera vez en convertirse en sacerdote, mientras se desempeñaba como monaguillo en su natal República Dominicana. Durante su …

07/16/2021

When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of mountains or fields, or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves. The slowness and stillness gradually takes us over. Our breathing deepens and our hearts calm and our hungers relent. When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth.

This invitation to friendship with nature does of course entail a willingness to be alone out there. Yet this aloneness is anything but lonely. Solitude gradually clarifies the heart until a true tranquility is reached. The irony is that at the heart of that aloneness you feel intimately connected with the world. Indeed, the beauty of nature is often the wisest balm for it gently relieves and releases the caged mind.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
Ordering Info: https://johnodonohue.com/store

Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

07/04/2021

First week for the Augustinian New Priests: Jeremy Hiers, OSA, Elizandro Contreras, OSA, and Bill Gabriel, OSA. Congratulations!

07/02/2021

FLUENT

I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

From the book, Conamara Blues
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Co. Kerry, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

Photos from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish's post 07/02/2021

Our Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen serves more than 250 families a week! Thanks to a great group of people serving the community!

[06/27/21]   Our newly ordained friar, Fr. Elizandro, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, July 4th at 9:30 AM. // Nuestro recién ordenado fraile, Padre Elizandro, celebrará una Misa en Acción de Gracias el próximo domingo 4 de Julio en San Nicolás de Tolentino a las 9:30 AM.

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