January 08, 2021

Parish Announcements    January 8

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 10

The Baptism Christ,  Guido Reni, c.1623 

On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open 
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
 “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  
Mark 1:10-11

Special Collection

Diocesan Mission (January 10)

The revenue from this collection will be used when the Bishop receives appeals from various missions for support from the Diocese of Brooklyn and when Mission appeals are requested from the Society of the Immaculate Conception.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 To make an online donation you can click on one of the links below. 

St Augustine: https://www.givecentral.org/location/725/category/2012/event/28061

St Francis Xavier:  https://www.givecentral.org/location/725/category/2013/event/28075

 You can also drop off/mail your envelope to the parish office at 225 Sixth Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 or put it in the collection basket in the rear of the Church after weekend Masses. 

Thank you for your generosity!


Opportunities for Communal Prayer 

While the Mass is our main way of coming together to pray, there are other opportunities for us to do so. Parishioners from St. Charles Borromeo and St Augustine-St Francis Xavier come together via Zoom to pray the Rosary and Vespers several times a week.  Vespers, also known as Evening Prayer, is one of the hours in the Divine Office; it gives thanks for the day just past and offers an evening sacrifice of praise to God. Please consider joining us!

  • The Rosary: Mondays and Wednesdays at 5PM
  • Vespers: Fridays at 5PM 

No materials are needed, as the prayers are all shared on screen.

 The Zoom credentials are as follows:

  • The meeting ID is: 849 0802 1688 and the password is: 1584
  • To join via a computer or smart phone you should be able to click on this link and be connected automatically:  stcharlesbklyn.org/zoom
  • To join by phone, dial (301) 715-8592 and, when prompted, enter the meeting ID 849 0802 1688 followed by #.   You will not need a password.

Young Professionals

The mission of the Young Professionals group is "Imparting God's love to one another, our parish, and our community through faith and action". In keeping with our mission, we meet monthly to support one another and discuss a wide range of topics of interest for the modern day young professional in the context of our faith. Recent discussions have been about Mother Mary, racial injustice, and Catholic art. To serve our parishes and the community beyond, we meet on a project/event basis, to volunteer our time and/or resources to communities in need. We are currently working with Heartshare St. Vincent's to volunteer our time and resources for children in foster care. 

The first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, Jan 12, at 7pm EST on Zoom (details below). We will set intentions and pray together to start off our year on the right foot. Friends from St. Augustine-St. Francis Xavier, we hope you can join us too! 

Our Zoom Meeting ID is 849 0802 1688 and password is 1584.

If you are connecting via a computer or smartphone, you should be able to click on stcharlesbklyn.org/zoom and be connected automatically. 

To join by phone, dial (301) 715-8592, enter Meeting ID: 849 0802 1688, press #. You will not have to enter the password.

If you have any questions, you can email them to Josephine at:  [email protected].  Hope to see you there!

Parish Book Clubs

Our parish currently hosts two book clubs.

  • Fr. John’s book group meets weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM.  It is comprised of parishioners from various churches in the Brooklyn Heights/Park Slope area.
  • The SASFX book club meets monthly on a Sunday at 11 AM. The next meeting will be on January 24, when we will be discussing two works by Flannery O’Conner.

Use this link for more information about these clubs and how to join in the discussion:   https://sasfx.org/ministries/book-clubs

Long Island/Metro Retrouvaille 

Long Island/Metro Retrouvaille is a lifeline for married couples. Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. For confidential information about the Retrouvaille program, or to register for the upcoming weekend that begins on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Marriott Melville Long Island, Melville, NY, please call 1-800-470-2230 and you will be connected directly and confidentially to a couple from Long Island/Metro Retrouvaille who can help.

Do You Know Anyone In Need of Help During These Difficult Times?

If so, please share this information with them . . .

  • Catholic Migration Services Available

Despite the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in NYC, Catholic Migration Services is still providing assistance to low income immigrants and individuals through our free legal immigration, housing and workers’ rights services.  For more information you can visit their website at: www.catholicmigration.org

  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at SASFX

We have helped people with many issues such as paying rent, finding an apartment, legal matters, applications for assistance, funeral costs, and, of course, the annual Christmas Giving Tree. The distribution of food to those who need it is probably the most visible function to parishioners, as they generously provide donations of food to the pantry. Should you be in need of any assistance, our walk-in hours are Wednesdays, from 1-3PM.  You enter through the gate on Carroll Street at the back of the church building. You can also call the Parish Office at (718) 638-1880.

Get Involved! 

While several of our ministries have been curtailed due to the threat of COVID, some are up and running and could always use some help.  

  • At this time, the SASFX Chapter of the St. Vincent De Paul Society is in need of additional members. We would especially like to have those with legal, social and community service, and health care expertise to act as consultants when needs arise. We are always looking to connect those in need to the resources in place in our community. Expertise in these areas is sorely needed. We could also use help bagging groceries. If you are interested in joining us, please call the Parish Office at (718) 638-1880.
  • The SASFX Liturgy and Spirituality Committees could use some more volunteers - especially from the St. Augustine community.  The Liturgy Committee meets monthly to help plan both special and regularly scheduled liturgies.  The Spirituality Committee helps to organize many different events/activities such as: film series, speakers, parish retreats, the Lenten Disciples in Mission program, and the Prayer Shawl Ministry - to name just a few.  If you are interested in joining one of these committees, or you would like some more information about them, please contact Sr. Helene at [email protected]
  • Our Baptism Preparation Ministry is in need of volunteers to join us, especially from St. Augustine. It’s a great way to share your faith with families preparing for the baptism of their child. If you think you may be interested, please contact Lisa Friel, the ministry leader, at [email protected] or call the parish office to voice your interest and they will put you in touch with Lisa.


Welcome to Paul Xavier, the newest member of our parish family, who was recently baptized.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers as he begins his journey of faith.