A Catholic Steward reaches out in many ways. Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, we support many programs, ministries and services and most importantly, people.

Stewardship Thoughts:
The Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.
– Please support the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal

The amount of time, talent and treasure we decide to share with others, our parish and the diocese, the poor and all those who need our help usually corresponds to how well we understand and accept that all we are, have and can do is an undeserved gift from God. Living in Faith and doing the good works of our Lord, as a way of life, flows like a river from hearts that have gained this wisdom.
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Let us have charity and humility and give alms. At death we lose all that we have in this world, but we take with us charity and the alms-deeds we have done, and for these we shall receive a great reward from God. – St. Francis of Assisi
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As Christian stewards, we need to respond in gratitude for the many gifts God has given to us and become responsible for taking care of them. Additionally, we are called to make our gifts grow in Faith and Good Works and to share them lovingly in justice with others. We stand before the Lord in the spirit of accountability for all that we are given.
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We must show charity towards the sick, who are in greater need of help. Let us take them some small gift if they are poor, or, at least, let us go and wait on them and comfort them. – St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.
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At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity. — St. John of the Cross
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Please note that the Mass Book for 2021 will be opening on Monday, October 5, 2020. You may visit the Rectory Office at 1395 East 56th Street during office hours to schedule your Mass Intentions, and Memorials.

Rectory Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Face coverings will be required upon entry to the Rectory Office. Social distancing will be enforced. Thank you for your cooperation.


Our lives sometimes go through seasons of change; of closeness to God and then distance from God. Yet God’s love is steadfast and ever-present to those who seek with a sincere heart, no matter what situations have caused the separation.

If you have thought about becoming Catholic and beginning a new “season” in your life, please contact Fr. Tom at 718-763-2330.

Thank you


“We have seen the painful images of devastation and heard of the deaths caused by the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible disaster, especially the Christian community which has been struggling.”
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzo, PhD., D. D.

At Mary Queen of Heaven we are providing a box at the back of the church, which is clearly marked for donations to the people of Lebanon. The donations collected will be sent to the Diocese to be distributed directly to the Christian community of Lebanon.

If you wish to donate electronically, please access our website at, click on the donate button then on “Relief for Beirut”.

I thank you for your continued support of those in need.

Fr. Thomas Leach, Pastor

Sr. Margaret Schmit and Sr. Regina Corde – Relocating

Dear Fathers, Parishioners and Friends,

It has been sixteen years since we arrived at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish and were welcomed by Msgr. Jamie and each of you.  Our Convent (top floor of the Parish Center) provides us with all the comforts of home.  Spiritually we are blessed — Msgr. Jamie, while he was here and now Father Tom, Pastor and Father Ikenna provide us with the opportunity for daily Mass and are there for us at all times. Mary Queen of Heaven is truly a Touch of Heaven in Brooklyn.

How does one leave such a treasure?  And also leave Sr. Ann Martha and Sr. Bernadette?  It is not easy!

But now is the time to move on to another chapter in our lives.  We are returning to our Religious roots–Amityville–where we entered the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Cross, Amityville many years ago.

As they say, that which goes around comes around and also there is a time for welcoming and a time to say till we meet  again.  You have been a blessing and an example of prayerful people.  When we leave a place we go richer from all the lessons we learned and the love we shared.

We thank you for your love and support over the years and ask for your prayers as we continue on our journey.  Be assured of our prayers.

Sr. Regina Cordé Hockenberry, O. P.

Sr. Margaret Schmit, O. P.




If anyone is interested in our annual trip to Woodloch Pines in Pennsylvania, please call the Rectory Office at 718-763-2330.  Woodloch Pines is a resort on a beautiful lake and offers three full meals each day, lots of activities, music and shows in the evenings.

The trip is scheduled for the week of October 26th – 30th 2020.  Please contact us for more information and to register as soon as possible as we need to confirm how many people will attend.


Church Re-opening

Returning to Mass
A video message from Bishop DiMarzio regarding returning to Mass.


We are pleased to announce that Mary Queen of Heaven Church will re-open for MASS.

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 AT 8:00 AM

JULY 5TH at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM)

You must wear a mask and you must maintain a distance of 6 feet from the next person.


Church will be open for PERSONAL PRAYER ONLY (No Group Devotion)

We have good news.  You may have heard that the Diocese of Brooklyn is ready to re-open the churches on a limited basis beginning this Tuesday, May 26.  For the time being, Mary Queen of Heaven will be opened for visits and for personal prayer from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, seven days a week.

We are expected to follow the laws of NY State and so we will have to limit people in the church to 10 at any given time. We will have to limit your visit to a maximum of 15 minutes in order to allow everyone to have an opportunity to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

Everyone must wear a mask in church. We ask you to wear gloves if you have them.  Social distancing will be enforced.

Churches are opening gradually, in stages. It will be a while before we begin to celebrate Sunday Mass.  As you know we are not obliged to fulfill the Sunday obligation under these circumstances.

Continue to check this website and our Facebook page (Mary Queen of Heaven Church) for further information about the stages of re-opening.

God bless you.  Stay safe.

Fr. Tom Leach

Annual Catholic Appeal

We need your help. Our Annual Catholic Appeal’s network of services has had to be flexible in this unprecedented time, and we anticipate we will need to maintain this response to meet the growing demand for support. Your partnership is critical as we navigate this situation.

Our mission remains the same, but COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our annual needs.

  • We have served over 100,000 meals across our Diocese in response to the 200% increase in demand.
  • Over 120 parishes offer daily live-stream coverage of Mass and 144 parishes communicate daily with parishioners using social media.
  • Our educators were required to quickly implement innovative distance learning  They remain committed to forming the hearts and minds of our Catholic youth.
  • We have 30 hospital chaplains currently deployed across our boroughs consoling the sick and most vulnerable.
  • And of course, our devoted clergy, who remain at the frontlines of this pandemic, continue to enrich our lives spiritually and partner with our network of support services to address the growing local needs across our Diocese.

As a committed parishioner, friend, and Catholic, we need your support to uphold our mission. We are grateful to the 108 people who have made a generous commitment to the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal. This unwavering support has allowed us to reach promised of $44,769.00 of our $65,989.00 goal.  We are only $21,220.00 away from our goal.

If you have not made a pledge this year and are able to do so, I ask that you join me in demonstrating that WE ARE THE CHURCH, TOGETHER by considering a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal.

You may make your gift online at or text ACA to 917-336-1255 or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 and have a pledge card mailed to your home.

We thank you in advance for making a gift commensurate with your means and circumstances!

Yours in Christ,
Father Tom Leach


Annual Catholic Appeal – Website


We will begin hearing confessions in the Reconciliation Room this Saturday (June 13th) at the usual time (4:00 pm until 4:45 pm). Please enter by the gate and the side door on East 56th Street.


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