About Our Parish
Ad Jesum per Mariam
Founded by the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (Montfort Fathers) in 1904, St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish has celebrated over 100 years as a dynamic Catholic community of fellowship, faith, spirituality and service.
Originally the parish consisted of a nucleus of about 80 families and these simple beginnings have borne much fruit in giving rise to the large and ethnically diverse parish which has been the spiritual home of so many thousands of families for more than a century.
Presently SMGH has a membership of approximately 1400 families. About 500 children attend the parish school and another 300 children are enrolled in the parish religious education programs. We are a bi-lingual community with Mass and prayer being celebrated in both English and Spanish each week.
Its blue green roof easily visible throughout our neighborhood, St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church is an Ozone Park landmark and its bells sound an inviting call to prayer each Sunday as the community gathers for the celebration of Holy Mass.
The church itself is an artistic treasure possessing a remarkable collection of stained glass windows, a moving set of hand painted Stations of the Cross and a number of beautiful wood and stone statues all combined in harmony with a majestic main altar into a rich synthesis of Catholic belief and the praise of almighty God.
....In English, Spanish and Tagolog
....Over 110 years of history
....You and your family to join us for Mass
We are blessed to have 3 priests and 3 deacons serving our parish
Fr. Gerald Fitzsimmons, SMM
Fr. Peter D’Abele, SMM
Fr. Mohan Vincent, SMM
Deacon Tim McBride
Deacon Ramon Cruz
Deacon Richard Gilligan
SMGH’s 5th Annual International Day Celebration is on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with a Multilingual Mass at 5:00pm in the Church and a sharing of food, dance and song following the Mass in the School Gym. All are invited.
Priests will be available on Reconciliation Monday to hear confessions in both English and Spanish in the Church from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM.
Join us on Palm Sunday, March 29th for the next Music at the Gate performance. See details here.
The Holy Week liturgies carry us through the movements of the entry of Christ into the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, his gift of the Eucharist and the Priesthood at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday Evening, the saving agony of his Passion and Death on the Cross on Good Friday and the celebration[…]
Thanks in large part to the generosity of our parishioners, the Food Pantry at SMGH has been a great success! Below is a list of food items that we collect. We cannot accept any cans that are dented or foods that have past expiration dates, or no expiration dates. Plastic bins will be located in[…]
International Day is almost here! As with previous International Day events, the celebration begins with the 5:00 PM Mass, followed by Food and Festivities in the SMGH School Gymnasium. More details will be coming soon.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Office of Pastoral Planning defines the Parish Pastoral Council as a leadership body within the parish whose role is to develop and implement a mission-focused pastoral plan for the parish. Parish Pastoral Councils develop pastoral plans, based on the insight of the community, to enable the faith community to[…]
Invitations are still available to the St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish Retreat. The Men’s Retreat will take place on March 7-8. The Women’s retreat will be later this month on March 21-22. There are two retreats taking place simultaneously on each retreat weekend – one in English and one in Spanish. There is[…]
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015: Join us for Prayer Service and Benediction in the church from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This lovely linden wood statue of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower) keeps silent vigil on the wall near the choir area of the 104th St. side of the church. One of the most popular and beloved of all our saints, Therese is widely celebrated for the miraculous results of her famous promise: “After[…]