August 22 - The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The mother of a king is a queen who receives honor in her son’s realm. 

Mary is both a queen and a mother, but she is more mother than queen. Mary’s Queenship and “mothership,” or motherhood, spark to life simultaneously. In the very moment Mary becomes a mother at the Annunciation, she also becomes a queen. The Archangel Gabriel tells Mary that her Son will sit on “the throne of his ancestor David” and that “He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Lk 1:32-33). Since Jesus is a king, and since He is conceived in the womb of Mary, and since in Israel the mother of a king was always a queen, Mary becomes a queen. Some texts from the early centuries of the Church call Mary the “domina,” the female of “dominus,” Latin for “master” or “Lord.” It is not royal blood, but her motherly relationship, that makes Mary a queen. 

Mary is that heavenly queen in the mysterious vision of the Book of Revelation in which appears “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rv 12:1-3). The complex symbolism of this crowned empress encompasses Mary, Israel, and the Church Herself. Mary’s coronation, the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the rosary, has not been defined dogmatically but has been celebrated liturgically and depicted in art since early medieval times. The feast day of her Queenship was placed in the Church’s calendar in 1954. Vatican II stated unequivocally that ”Mary was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe…“ (Lumen Gentium, 59).

Earthly kings, queens, and kingdoms, so present throughout the lived history of mankind, are, more cosmically, images or signs of the structure of authority that lies behind all creation. Mankind naturally organizes its public life to ensure peaceful co-existence with others, to promote order and tranquility, and to foster the common good in a thousand ways. This secular response of establishing a structure to manage together what cannot be managed alone is universal and always includes certain leaders to represent the organized community. All of this has a religious equivalent. A sacred canopy hangs over the world. The queen mother is there, interceding with her King-Son on behalf of His subjects. She worships with them but also receives their honor. The accolades directed at her are deflected, mirror-like, to the greater One to whom she is holy daughter, holy mother, holy spouse and holy queen, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.

Mary, Queen of the Universe, in your Son’s Kingdom, the faithful struggle to be faithful and to be fruitful. We are under your regal yet maternal care. May we please both our King and Father, and you, our Queen and Mother, since all parents are deserving of their children’s honor.

Copied from My Catholic Life; Submitted by Mary Rougeau, Blessed Sacrament

Recorded Mass for 8/22 and 23 (available at 4PM 8/22):


Diocese of Syracuse:

The Catholic Sun:
Make Disciples of All Nations

In the Bible, Jesus is recorded as instructing the apostles to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19–20, Mark 16:15–18). This verse is referred to by Christian missionaries as the Great Commission and inspires missionary work.

Because modern Catholics have intermittent knowledge of the ongoing work of the missions, I have developed a Facebook page intended to increase awareness of missionary activity. If you are a Facebook user, please "like": the page in order to widen the span of reach:

Dc. Dan Stevens
Peter Daino, Missionary in Niger, Kenya, and Malawi for 42 years will speak in all the Masses next weekend (August 29/30) in our twin parishes. He visits us as part of our diocesan wide Mission Coop Plan. He will speak on Kesho Kongo project located in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. Peter Daino writes:
At Kesho Kongo (Future Congo) in Bukavu, a city of one million people, we witnessed the baking of Enhanced Protein Biscuits made from the leaves of cowpeas. We distributed these biscuits at several nutrition centers for malnourished children. The project which serves 25,000 underweight children was born of the deep faith of Doctor Adolphe and his wife Dr. Lydia Nyakasane. They run their own little protein biscuit bakery and with your help they want to triple the number of children who get these free biscuits to 75,000 children. I understand why so many folks are fleeing Eastern Congo, at the same time, that can’t be the solution for the vast majority in that troubled land.
I thank the diocesan mission office and I Thank You for this opportunity. Peter Daino, Missionary in Niger, Kenya, Malawi for a total of 42 years.
Blessed Sacrament Prayer Requests

Please pray for:

Chad Abbott

Missy DiPaulo Angotti

Roslyn Antonacci

Carolyn Armstrong

Patrick Brewer

Rita Bross

Marlene Brush

Susan Moro Campbell

Terri Close

Ann Cook

Jill Danial

Mary Extale

John Fortino

Mary Gersbacher

John Gersbacher

Elizabeth Gilbert

Mary Griffin

Mary Ingalls

Yang Juan

John Laura

Mary Linehan

Cole Malone

Grace McNamara

Lynne Recore

Eileen Sheehan

Sr. Natalie Slake

Jean Suits

Elizabeth Walrath

St. Vincent Prayer Requests

We ask your prayers for the spiritual comfort and restoration of health for:

Sandra Betts

Desiree Landers

Nate Wagner

Madeline Duda

Marilynn Bause (sister of
Lauren Brooks)

Suzanne Thompson (sister of Bill Winchell)

Judy D’Amore

Martin Griffin

Anne Marie Drury

Fred Sniper

Tony Caruso

Mike Lavelle

Bridig Lindsley

Please pray for James Marsella (nephew of Toni Franklyn), who passed away this past
Saturday, August 22
5:00 p.m. – Martha and Chris Mitsoff – Julia and George Taddeo

Sunday, August 23
7:30 a.m.– Ruth Anne Babikian - Family
11:30 a.m. – People of the Parish

Monday, August 24
8:00 a.m. – Angela Caruso - Family

Tuesday, August 25
8:00 a.m. – Rose Difasi - Family

Wednesday, August 26
8:00 a.m. – Harry Louise, Sr. – Louise Family

Thursday, August 27
8:00 a.m. – Delores Spadafora – Gloria and Joe Falcone

Friday, August 28
8:00 a.m. – Harriet Guzikowski – Celia Guzikowski

Saturday, August 29
5:00 p.m. – People of the Parish

Sunday, August 30
7:30 a.m.– Jacqueline Price – Husband and Sons
11:30 a.m. – Joseph Fillip – Peg and Jim Kimberling
Saturday, 4:00pm
Lena Caltabiano, req. by Jane Caltabiano

Sunday, 9:30am
Bob Holliday, req. by his family

Monday, 12:00pm
Elizabeth Saya, req. by Rosemary & Peter Carr

Tuesday, 12:00pm
Ida Idank, req. by Cwirko family

Wednesday, 12:00pm
Yolanda DePiro, req. by Steve & Michele Pirro

Saturday, 4:00pm
Virginia Aloi, req. by Jane Caltabiano

Sunday, 9:30am
Mary Colosimo, req. by Donna Kassman
Blessed Sacrament News

Mass Book
The Mass Book for 2021 will open up on Friday, September 11 at 9am. Both walk-ins and telephone requests will be accepted on that day. 

Ushers Needed
Please contact the rectory at 315.437.3394 to sign up to be an usher – we need you! Ushers serve in this vital ministry of hospitality, offering a warm welcome to all who enter the Church, especially during these trying times.  

Bulletin Entries
Please note that beginning September 1st, bulletin entry submissions must be received before noon on Tuesdays (for example, entries for the September 5/6 bulletin must be received by noon on Tuesday, September 1st). Thank you.

Mass Schedule
There will be no changes in our Mass schedule in our twin parishes at this time. Our Mass schedule will just remain the same as it was in the pre COVID-19 time. As of weekend after Labor Day (September 12/13), the 9.30A Mass will resume at Blessed Sacrament.

Return "home" for worship
At this time, let’s focus our attention to the re-opening of our parishes, schools and daycares. Let’s continue to create a safe environment from COVID-19 in our all spaces to prevent the spread of the virus and build up more confidence and assurance to all people to return “home” for worship and study. 

Sign up for Mass!
We want to invite everyone to join us and sign up for Mass on our new joint website and go to the MASS SIGN UP tab. If you have any questions please email the Rectory at or call us at 315-437-3394. We look forward to seeing you at Mass!

We are grateful for your Offertory
For the month of July, we received approximately $5,200.00 per week. Total Debt reduction - $465.00.

Where the Money Goes
We wish to apprise you on occasion of some of our ongoing, everyday household expenses - as you have yours. We appreciate your weekly contributions, and we wish to let you know where your contributions are going. Some of our July bills: Spectrum - $877.00; Office Supplies - $781.00; National Grid - $1,600.00; Maintenance Supplies $1,395.00.  
St. Vincent's News

Monetary donations for the Food Pantry at the Northeast Community Center are accepted at any time and may be placed in the collection basket. Food for the pantry is planned for the 3rd weekend of the month to consolidate the collection for the person who delivers it to the pantry.

Remember for just $5.00 you could be the next winner. The 50/50 tickets may be mailed to the Rectory. Contact Bob James at 315- 471-0818 with any questions. Thanks to all who continue to support our Youth Programs.

The local 2020 CROP walk will be
held virtually as we seek to raise funds for the hungry both in Onondaga County and throughout the world. Last year the Syracuse Area walk raised almost $18,000 to fight hunger, 25% of which remained in Onondaga County to support such ministries and agencies as St. Joseph’s food pantry, Immaculate Heart of Mary’s pantry, Christ the King’s pantry, three Meals on Wheels organizations, the Samaritan Center, In My Father’s Kitchen and a few more. Our goal is to encourage local parishes to participate in the
walk either by walking in your neighborhoods or joining with family and friends in a walk at one of the lovely parks in our county. St. Vincent’s and Blessed Sacrament churches will have a team whose captain is Dc.Tom Murphy. We encourage you to join us this year in raising funds. In addition, if you would like to receive more information for members of your
parish, you can contact Dc. Tom Murphy at 315-663-5278. This virtual walk is something new for us all, but we are very aware that the needs during this pandemic remain great and look forward to your participation and support.

08/16/20 Attendance: 57
Offertory $ 3,134.00
Received from 61 Envelopes $ 2,933.00
Loose: $ 201.00
Bldg. Fund: $ 115.00
Job Opportunity
St. Margaret’s Church, and school, Mattydale, NY seeks applicants for a part time 25 hours a week or a full time 40 hours a week position. The job includes cleaning, light maintenance and repair for the school building, church, rectory, convent and grounds, seasonal snow removal and mowing also necessary. Applicants should contact St. Margaret’s Church at 315-455-5534. Applications due by August 24, 2020.

Married Couples - Restore Rekindle Renew
Join Worldwide Marriage Encounter via Zoom for 8 evening sessions: Presented on Mondays and Thursdays from August 31st to September 24th. Due to Labor Day, one session will be on Tuesday, September 8th (8/31, 9/3, 9/8, 9/10, 9/14, 9/17, 9/21 & 9/24th). Sessions run from 7:00-9:00pm. A computer or tablet with access to the internet is necessary. Call Leonora & Ed Rivera with questions or to register at 585-223-1121 or

Building Faith at Home
The last four weeks have focused on the ways Christ is present in the Mass. The next several weeks, the BuildingFaith pages will focus on prayer in the family with tips and more.  

From the Office of Family Life Ministry
Branch Out and Grow for Separated and Divorced – Zoom meeting schedule: September 2 - Forgiveness; September 16 – Reconciliation; October 7 - Moving on, Growing Closer to God. Meetings are 1 hour long and start at 7pm. All are welcome. Contact Deacon Dean Brainard for more information at: or 315-472-6754 ext.5  
The 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Isaiah 22:19 - 23

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13 - 20

Reflection: In the First Reading today God elevates His own servant Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah to the position of great authority. God places the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder. When Eliakim opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open. This prophecy in the Old Testament is fulfilled in today’s Gospel Reading when Jesus (the Son of God) elevates Simon Peter to such a position by telling Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What leads to Simon Peter to be elevated to such a position? It is his deep profession of faith when he responded to Jesus’ question on His identity, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon responds, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” God calls us to know, to love and serve Him. We cannot love and serve God if we don’t know Him. Simon Peter knew and professed Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. This understanding brought him back to Christ even when later he denied Him three times. Knowing God and clearly and professing His true identity provides us with the capacity to truly love and serve Him even when we fall down. Yes! Amen!
Fr. Severine

God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful. - Saint Teresa of Calcutta