Parish life is best experienced when you enter the mainstream of the
parish through on of its ministries. If there is a ministry to which you feel called but is not be listed, please let us know.
With the freedom of the “Children of God” come, share, energize, and even
lead. You are most welcomed, embraced, and will be supported as you
Please review each of the descriptions and consider the benefits of each
- that includes both what the ministry can do for you as well as what gifts
of talent you can share with the community.
There are six major groupings of ministries:
· Parish Committees
· Outreach Programs
· Education and Youth Organizations
· Liturgical Ministries
· Worship & Spiritual Development
The purpose of this committee is to encourage parishioners to evangelize
and bring our faith and parish community to individuals that do not regularly
attend Church for worship and participate in the community of Immaculate
This group is responsible for the financial operations of the parish. Mandated by the code of Canon Law, committee members
are selected by invitation and assist the Pastor in the use of financial
This group coordinates the Hospitality Sunday refreshments and the special
celebrations that occur during the year. Your involvement can be
as little as baking on occasion or as much as coordinating a celebration.
Our parishioners gather in anticipation and appreciation of good coffee,
baked goods, and socializing.
Consolation & Healing
Through visitation the trained members of this group provide compassion
and support to the sick, bereaved, and even to the caregivers. This
ministry also provides Bereavement Support Groups. To
serve in this ministry or to ask for the service of this ministry, please
contact the rectory.
Our Hispanic Ministry is an emerging ministry, designed to
reach out to the Hispanic Catholics in the community.
The goals of this ministry include
To establish personal contacts
with the new members of the Hispanic community in both Immaculate Conception and
Assumption and to identify their needs
To celebrate community with new
members by means of regular meetings of spiritual and social character
To celebrate the Liturgy in
To prepare both children and
adults for the reception of the Sacraments
To encourage a feeling of
welcome to the new Hispanic members and to foster acceptance and support from
our regular parishioners
To encourage participation in
the other ministries of the parish
With respect to reaching these goals, it is important to
understand that this is a developing ministry. The members have already
made contact within the Hispanic community, set up meetings, and celebrated
Spanish Liturgies. Several families and individuals have prepared for and
received sacraments, and the process continues with new families. Members
of the Hispanic community are taking advantage of English classes which are
being offered by members of the Ministry. More effort and work is needed to
accomplish the remaining goals.
H.O.P.E. – “Help Other People Eat”
This parish ministry provides over 440 home-prepared meals a month to
the poor. Our parishioners are responsible for preparation of one course
per month and to deliver it to the rectory porch; from there it is brought
to a center in New Rochelle where those in need come to dinner.
Immaculate Conception Blood Drive
Twice each year, the Knights of Columbus sponsors a blood drive is conducted at Immaculate Conception.
The donated blood is provided to local hospitals. The dates for the
opportunity to volunteer for this life giving service are announced well
During Advent the parish collects gifts for the needy of our community.
A tag is provided that describes the age and gender of the recipient.
When the donor provides a gift an ornament is hung on the branches of the
tree thereby making the tree a symbol of our community’s generous gifts
and willing spirit of sharing with others.
Parish Memorial Mass
Approximately twice a year, a small group organizes a Saturday celebration of Mass in
memory of parishioners that have died during the previous months.
The group also hosts coffee and refreshments after Mass.
The parish ministry to the elderly,
ill, and homebound. It is with your help that we can reach and seek those who
are not just in need of help but those whose lives would be greatly enhanced by
an active connection with our Church.
Education & Youth Organizations
The Bible Study Program meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Meeting House. Please bring your Bible.
Immaculate Conception School
Our school offers quality education emphasizing moral and ethical growth
as the key to every youngster’s potential. The school program includes:
a solid foundation in basic skills in an educationally healthy environment,
foreign language, computer programs, a full art program grades K-8, full
day kindergarten, and before and after school care programs. For more
information, contact the school principal, Maureen Harten, at 961-3785.
Parish School of Religion
Our Parish School of Religion includes pre-K through 8th grade.
Volunteers from the parish staff the school. Volunteers are needed
in many areas. Joining this ministry includes serving as a catechist,
assisting in the program as an aide, or assisting as a staff member.
To volunteer or to enroll your child, please contact Lynn Callahan, Coordinator
of Religious Education, at 961-1076.
Vacation Bible Camp
Vacation Bible Camp is held at Immaculate Conception during the morning
hours of one week in August. Through activities the children learn
about their religion. Bible stories, songs, prayer, games, puppets,
and arts and crafts make learning fun. The week culminates with a performance
for the parents followed by a family Mass.
Youth Organization (CYO)
The CYO meets bi-weekly on Sundays and is open to teens grades 8 through 12. At the meetings members discuss past and upcoming events in which the CYO will be participating. This includes: a Halloween dance for younger kids, assisting at the blood drive, hosting a Spring breakfast, hosting an Advent wreath making party, performing in the Christmas Pageant, and an annual charity dinner. The CYO also participates in many social activities including barbecues, bowling, skating, sports, movie nights, and much more. Teens meet teens and have fun.
This dedicated group maintains and prepares the altar for Mass each day.
This includes washing and ironing all sacred altar and liturgical linens.
Altar servers, boys and girls, provide a vital service by assisting the
priests in celebration of daily and Sunday Mass, the heart of our faith.
Servers also assist at weddings and funerals. It is a great privilege
and honor to serve at the altar of Jesus Christ. All boys and girls
in grades 5-12 are eligible.
This ministry involves two aspects of service. The ministers assist
the priests in providing the Eucharist to the faithful at Mass. Ministers
also visit the sick who are homebound and with whom Sunday Scripture readings
are shared. You may participate in just one or both parts of this
Have you wondered who is responsible for making our altar and church
look so beautiful? The Flower committee decorates the church for
Sunday celebrations and for major holidays such as Easter, Christmas, and
Pentecost. Working together in teams, each team is responsible for
approximately one week per month.
Lectors participate in the daily and Sunday liturgy
by leading the community in prayer, as well as proclaiming the Word to the
The members of the Liturgy Committee assist the Pastor in celebrating
the Sunday and special solemnities of the church. This involves discussions
and suggestions for making celebrations joyful and hope filled.
We have an extensive and varied music program, consisting of the traditional
adult choir, a youth choir, and a folk choir. We are
always looking for new members to sing praise to the Lord. For more
information, please call our Music Directors: Robert Harvey at Immaculate Conception and Robert Sticca at Assumption.
Members of this group greet, welcome, and seat all who come for worship.
The usher ministry while always looking for new members, joyfully accepts
men and women, and thanks them for their assistance. This is a wonderful
way to meet your parish family.
Worship & Spiritual Development
Adult Faith Formation
We have something for everyone who wants to grow closer to God. Come see what we have planned!
Cenacles of Our Lady
This movement is based on a spiritual phenomenon: messages received by
Fr. Stefano Gobbi at a pilgrimage to Fatima in 1972. The first cenacles
of prayers with priests and the faithful began in 1974, and their purpose
is to bring devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary throughout the world.
Cenacles are men and women who gather to pray the Rosary in hosting homes.
The group brings the gift of Mary and prayer intentions to the hosting
home, and to encourage the devotion to the Rosary, and also to pray for
protection and strength of family life throughout the entire Church.
Cornerstone is a 26-hour retreat within the parish, led by men and women
of Immaculate Conception Church and trained spiritual directors.
The weekend includes Mass, witness talks, small group discussion; shared
prayer, quiet reflection, and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The intent is for an individual to strengthen and renew his/her faith through
the experience of the retreat. Many have said it is through the Cornerstone
retreat experience that they have connected deeply with others. We
welcome you to the experience.
The adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist is an expression
of our love for Jesus who loves us without limit and without condition.
Adorers come to pray and worship Jesus throughout the day. Each adorer
volunteers a specific time to be present during Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament. The time one spends in adoration is a ‘thank you’ to Christ
for his great love for us that was shown when he was crucified on the cross
to pay the penalty for our sins and to give us eternal life. This
ministry assures someone is present at every moment of adoration.
Knights of Columbus
This organization was founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in New
Haven, CT. Today it has become the largest lay organization in the
Catholic Church. It has been praised for its support of the Church,
programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid
to those in need. The Rev. John A. Keogh Council of Immaculate Conception
is named for the first resident Pastor. Meetings are held monthly on the second
Monday of the month at 8pm at Fr. Fata Hall.
Legion of Mary
The Legion is a lay Catholic organization; the Praesidium of Legion of
Mary at Immaculate Conception Church is named “Our Lady Conceived without Sin.” The
objective of this ministry is the glory of God through prayer and active
works. The priority of the Legion is the spiritual and social welfare
of each individual, and to assist the Pastor with the spiritual welfare
of the parish. The members participate in the life of the parish through
visitation of families, the sick, and through weekly apostolic work in
the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.
The role of this ministry is to motivate and educate members of our parish
to “stand up” for the sacredness of all human life including pre-born, newborn,
sick, and elderly. This is accomplished by providing notes in the
Church bulletin as needed, and conferences when appropriate. It is
open to all within the parish.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
This process is offered for adults to become full members of the Roman
Catholic Church. It can be viewed as the Church’s “formation program”
for new members. R.C.I.A. is for anyone who has never been baptized,
was baptized in another Christian faith, or was baptized a Catholic, but
has not received First Communion or Confirmation.
This is the oldest society in the parish. The members have a special
devotion to the Rosary of Our Lady. They also sponsor a Day of Recollection
and do charitable works in the community.