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Our CYO County Track and Field Championship Meet was held at a most impressive track at Columbia. ICS won 1st place for boys in the 2013 Westchester Boys CYO Track and Field Championships.
Here are some of the highlights:
Julien Collette - 3rd place Shot Put- 1st/2nd grade
Albert DePierro - 2nd place Shot Put- 3rd/4th grade
Albert DePierro - 3rd place 800 meter - 3rd/4th grade
Jake Gherardi - 1st place Shot Put - 1st/2nd grade
Daniel LeBlanc - 3rd place Shot Put- 3rd/4th grade
Marco LaVecchia - 2nd place Long Jump- 3rd/4th grade
Jamaul Palmer - 3rd place Long Jump - 3rd/4th grade
Jayden Palmer - 3rd place 400 meter - 1st/2nd grade
Tilly Swift - 1st place 800 meter - 3rd/4th grade
Evan Tostanoski - 2nd place Long Jump - 1st/2nd grade
This is our 2nd season. The students should all be proud of their hard work and determination! Albert DePierro is going to be part of the CYO NY team heading down to Florida to compete in the Nationals! We hope each year to have more qualifiers from ICS! What a great accomplishment for all of our athletes! We are so proud of all of you!
Immaculate Conception School is a Pre-K through grade 8 school where Gospel truths, values, and attitudes are primary to the work of education. In addition to having an excellent academic program, there are Before- and After-Care options and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. ICS is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
ICS Web Site
We would like all our parishioners to become acquainted with the ICS web site: www.icschoolonline.org. It is a wonderful way to learn more about who we are and what we’re doing. Be sure to click on "Photo Gallery" to view pictures of our recent activities, and also check out "School Notes" to see what our students are learning in their various classes. Hopefully, you will be so impressed you’ll want to help us spread the word: ICS is the best!
Our 100th Year at ICS
A Reminder to ICS Parents
Please be sure that your IRIS information is up-to-date so that you will always be notified in case of school closings, emergencies, or other important notifications.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held in June - with the children of Immaculate Conception School each taking part. We are tracking the progress of our construction online. Please take a look.
Two of our older students, Katherine Bugbee and Brandon Marku, received their First Holy Communion on June 2nd. We offer our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Lynn McCaffrey for instructing and preparing these young people for the sacraments.
Our office is open until June 20th for re-registrations and new registrations. We are hoping to have as many students as possible registered for the upcoming school year before the summer break. Office hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Call 961-1076 for information.
Every year we need a few new catechists. Perhaps you have been thinking about becoming a catechist, but haven’t made that phone call yet. Or maybe you have been a catechist in the past, took a few years "off", and are thinking about coming back to us. The list below shows where we could use your help. The children of the parish need adults to share their faith and knowledge. Please call 961-1076 for more information. Thank you.
5th Grade – 2 catechists needed
7th Grade – 2 Catechists needed
Special Education Catechists Needed
If you have a background in special education, we can use your gifts. Please call our office, 961-1076, for information. We can possibly work around your schedule.
7th Graders in Private School?
Please contact the PSR office: 961-1076 if you want to request Confirmation at Immaculate Conception Church.
Now that our classes are under way, we ask that parents who are picking up children who are in 4th through 8th grade to personally meet their children by the flagpole area at dismissal time. Unescorted children, walking/running through the parking lot, could result in an injury. We thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.
Catechist Assistants Needed
As we begin our program, we are looking for catechist assistants, especially for our younger grades which meet on Monday and Thursday afternoons. If you have been hesitant to step forward to teach a class, but still would like to help, please consider being an assistant. Call 961-1076, for more information.
In Case of Inclement Weather
Information for Parish School of Religion storm-related closings can be found on our parish web site the day of the storm:
as well as WFAS FM 103.5 and the PSR office: 961-1076.
Bereavement Support Meetings are a time for prayerful reflection, sharing one’s grief journey, learning strategies for coping, and discovering that you are not alone as you begin to find healing and consolation. Please register for the next series of meetings by contacting us by calling the rectory at 961-3643 to speak to a grief counselor. The meetings will take place on Saturdays: 9:30 - 11:00 AM in the Meeting House on Winter Hill Road on June 15 and June 29.
Is Your Wedding Anniversary Coming Up?
In this Year of Faith we affirm the value of the Sacrament of Matrimony! Married love gives witness to the love of Jesus for his Bride, the Church. We honor all married couples as they celebrate their Wedding Anniversary. Register to renew your Marriage Vows and to receive a special blessing on October 27. Please call Sr. Cora by Wednesday, June 19, for details and to make arrangements. We pray for all married couples who are signs of God’s commitment and love.
16th Annual Father’s Day Breakfast - June 16
On June 16th, after the morning Masses, all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and men of the parish will be honored with a breakfast in Father Fata Memorial Hall. A group of women from the Assumption Altar Rosary Society will prepare and serve the food. All are welcome!
The Knights of Columbus - Monday, June 17
The Reverend John Keogh Council 2108 meets on the third Sunday of every month at 7:45 PM at the Chambers on the lower floor of Father Fata Hall located at Assumption Church. All members are urged to attend.
For more information on the Keogh Council, visit the web site.
Knights of Columbus Seeks New Members
The Knights of Columbus organization is celebrating its 130th Anniversary this year. Our local Rev. John A. Keogh Council is reaching out to members of Immaculate Conception and Assumption parishes. More information is posted on their web page.
HOPE Soup Kitchen - June 18
Due to the increased number of people in need of meals at the HOPE soup kitchen, we are reaching beyond our dedicated group of "Volunteer Angels" who currently cook and donate food once a month to anyone able to help whenever possible.
The next scheduled day for our Parish is Tuesday, June 18. The menu consists of egg salad and 15 soft rolls, large bag of potato chips, and 2 large bags of mixed salad greens & bottle of French dressing (donations of any of the above are appreciated).
Aluminum pans will be available on the back porch of the rectory for the cooked entree (enough for about 10-15 people). Food should be brought to the Immaculate Conception rectory back porch by 2:30 PM on the designated days. For information, call Kathy Doscher: 337-3356 or visit us online.
Parish Blood Drive - Sunday, June 30
Our parish blood drive will be held in the lower church on Sunday, June 30 from 8:30 AM to 1:45 PM. Our last appointment will be at 1:30 PM. Anyone in good health between 17 and 75 years of age can be a donor, as long as your last blood donation was made before May 5 (56 days prior to our drive). There is an acute shortage of blood. Please try to donate. You could save a life. Sponsored by: Knights of Columbus Keogh Council #2108.
Hospitality Sunday - July 7
The first Sunday of each month is Hospitality Sunday at Assumption. All are invited for refreshments after the morning Masses. The Hospitality Committee will be in Fr. Fata Hall starting at 7:00 AM to accept baked or bought goodies.
Vacation Bible Camp is back! - August 12-16
Bible Camp will take place August 12-16, 8:45 -11:45 AM in the lower church. This year’s theme is Kingdom Rock! Come join us for a week filled with faith, fun and friends!
Bible Camp is for children entering grades 1-6 and the cost is $75 per child.
Our Teen Bible Camp is for pre-teens & teens entering grades 7-12; the cost is $25 per teen.
Register ASAP! Spaces fill up fast and registrations are due by June 16. Download your registration forms online
We’ll see you at Kingdom Rock Bible Camp
Where Kids Stand Strong for God!
Assumption Silent Bazaar
By now, Assumption parishioners should have received raffle tickets for the annual parish fund raiser. The raffle will be held on Thursday, August 15th after the 7:30 PM Mass celebrating the Feast of the Assumption. Refreshments will be served in Father Fata Hall and the last event of the evening will be the drawing. The prizes are:
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $1,000
Third Prize: $500
Please return your shares as soon as possible. If you do not intend to purchase your ticket, either return it or make an attempt to sell it to a friend or relative. Since only 1,000 tickets will be sold, the chances to win are very good! The proceeds generated from this annual parish fund raiser are used for the maintenance
Thank You to the Taste of the Town Supporters
We thank the restaurants, caterers, sponsors and prize donors who helped make the Taste of the Town/Casino Night so successful. The food was outstanding and there have been many requests for more information about the restaurants and food. We have prepared a web app designed for SmartPhones - although you can see it with any Internet-capable device. By using your SmartPhone, you can actually call and make reservations by clicking on the phone number. Access the app by visiting: www.assumption-immaculate.org/apps/2013taste/
Requests from the Counts & Countesses
The people who count the weekend collections have some suggestions to make:
Please do not place Cardinal’s Appeal or Tuition checks in the collection basket, unless they are placed in a white envelope with the purpose of the check marked on the outside. That will insure that your donation goes where it was intended.
Summer Mass Schedule for July and August
During July and August, there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday mornings at Immaculate. Conception. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the front cover of the bulletin for Mass options.
Tiny Tots Play Group
Tiny Tots is an informal play group for parents and their tots (0-36 months) that was organized by ICS moms: Stefanie Porter and Megan Herspring. We meet Wednesdays: 10:00-11:30 AM, on the lower level of the school. There are plenty of toys at our disposal, a drawing table, singing time, and story time with coffee, water and cookies for all! Please e-mail Stefanie if you would like more information or would like to attend.
Registered parishioners should have received mail regarding the Sharing Our Gifts program. We ask you to think about increasing your gifts to the parish and to consider electronic giving. There are several electronic giving options:
Direct payments from your checking or savings account. There is typically no additional cost associated with the option, and you set it up yourself online or at your bank.
Automated Fund Transfers - direct withdrawals from your checking or savings account. The parish is charged a processing fee for AFT payments.
Automatic Credit Card Payments - automatic charges to your credit or debit card. The parish is charged a processing fee as well as typical credit card charges.
An e-mail address is needed for the AFT and Credit Card options, which will be handled through the ParishPay program. You will be charged monthly according to the donations you decide to make.
To sign up for the ParishPay options, visit the ParishPay web site and search for our parishes by zip code: 10707.
Immaculate Conception Music Ministry
The Immaculate Conception Choir is open to those who like to sing and are willing to commit to the choir’s schedule. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings and sing at the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday. All voice parts are needed! Prior choir experience a plus - but not required. If you are interested in joining this important ministry of our parish, please come to the choir loft and speak to Robert Harvey.
Looking for ICS and Assumption Alumni
Immaculate Conception School is forming an Alumni Committee! Graduates, former students and past parents of ICS and Assumption Schools are invited to join the committee which will gather photos and memorabilia, help find alumni, faculty and friends, assist with the alumni newsletter , and plan events such as reunions..
Hours for Exposition
Please consider joining us every Monday and on the First Friday of the month at Immaculate Conception for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the noon Mass until 7:00 PM. At Assumption, Exposition is on the First Friday of the month during a Holy Hour: 8:00 - 9:00 AM.
HHS Mandate Update
Please take a look at a letter from Cardinal Dolan containing the most current update on the current status of the HHS Mandate. For other updates, visit the Archdiocese of New York web site, where a page has been set up with information on this topic.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a short article on Religious Freedom which is posted on the church bulletin boards and on our web site.
Eucharistic Adorers Needed
Eucharistic Adorers are needed at Immaculate Conception, particularly over the summer months. Please use the sign up sheet at the parking lot entrance. Exposition at Immaculate Conception is every Monday and on the First Friday of the month following the noon Mass until 7:00 PM. At Assumption, Exposition is on the First Friday of the month during a Holy Hour: 8:00 - 9:00 AM.
Bereavement Support Group
Bereavement Support Group meetings will begin again in September. However, if you would like to speak to a facilitator, please call the rectory: 961-3643 or send us an e-mail.
How To Become A Catholic
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which people become members of the Catholic Church. It is a flexible process that respects the faith development of each individual while maintaining the ideals and vision of the Catholic community. We are an ongoing process here at Immaculate Conception. There is no "set" time to inquire except when the time is right for you! Call Father Raaser: 961-3643.
Adult Faith Formation
Get More Out of the Sunday Readings
Visit the Adult Faith Formation page on our parish web site and click the Making Connections link (updated weekly)
Tax Substantiation Letters
We often receive requests for tax substantiation letters. These letters summarize donations for the tax year. Some people use these letters to prepare their tax returns. Many include the letter with the tax return when it is mailed to the IRS. Some will only request the letter in the event of an audit.
If you are a registered parishioner, we can provide you with a tax substantiation letter if you are using the envelope system. If you have an e-mail address, please include it on the front of your next envelope - we will e-mail your tax letter, which can be readily forwarded to your tax accountant. If you do not have an e-mail address, please wait until the end of January to call the rectory and ask for a letter.
If you are not a registered parishioner but regularly attend Immaculate Conception or Assumption Churches, why not call or visit the rectory and register with us?
Adult Faith Formation
Please register for Immaculate Conception-Assumption Adult Faith Formation events. You have several options:
Did You Miss Anything?
Did you plan on attending Lessons and Carols last week? If you intended to go but forgot, you missed something truly special.
Occasionally, there are reminders or other time-sensitive information that we would like to get to our parishioners. We would like to be able to send e-mail notices when this happens (not on a regular basis - but occasionally). If you would like to be included in these e-mail blasts, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. And unblock that address in your e-mail program if necessary. You can opt off the list at any time.
Is the RCIA for You?
If you recognize yourself in any of these statements, the RCIA journey could be for you. Call Sr. Cora: 914-961-3643 or 203-934-1357 (cell) to learn more.
Be A Sponsor for RCIA!
Would you like to walk with someone as they prepare to enter the Church?
Would you like to grow in your own faith?
Would you like to a part of a group of people who really want to know what the Church teaches?
If you answered YES, then consider volunteering as a Sponsor for one of the 17 people who have joined the RCIA.
Welcome Wednesday Tours at ICS
Are you interested in sending your child to ICS but cannot come to our Open House? On "Welcome Wednesdays" - interested families are welcome to come to the school office (9 AM - 2 PM) and go on a tour of the school.
Stop and Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program
ICS is again participating in the Stop and Shop A+ Bonus Bucks program. Stop and Shop cardholders can register their card online or by phone (1-877-Ask-APlus) - or by calling the rectory during business hours and asking for Chris: 961-3643. The school ID is 07066. With this program, points accrue with each purchase where a registered Stop & Shop Card is used. It even works with purchases made online with Peapod by Stop & Shop. At the end of each month, these points determine how much cash will be automatically credited to the ICS account. Applications for the Stop and Shop card are available in the store. For more info, click here.
Cenacles of Life - Every Wednesday
The intention of the Cenacles of Life movement is to petition our Lord through His Blessed Mother for the end of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and assisted suicide. We hope to renew the Spirit of Life - from within the Church. We meet Wednesdays at 6:00 PM to pray two rosaries (10 decades) before the Tabernacle and observe one day of fasting for this intention. Those who cannot fast on bread and water, can offer a day fasting from their favorite thing (such as watching TV). All are welcome to join us.
Legion of Mary Seeks New Members
Please consider membership in the Legion of Mary. Won’t you join us in this special ministry in honor of our Blessed Mother? Our meetings are held Thursdays at 7:30 PM and last approximately one and a half hours. Our work takes us on visits to Lawrence Hospital, Sunrise Assisted Living, and the Fountains at Rivervue.
The Legion of Mary promotes the recitation of the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplets and the wearing of Scapulars. The Legionnaires perform Spiritual Works of Mercy at the direction of the Pastor. If this looks as if it might be of interest to you, please attend a weekly meeting and obtain a ‘hands on’ introduction to the Legion. To learn more, please contact Elizabeth Lockhart: 632-1606, or Georgiene Walsh: 337-0291. We look forward to your joining us.
Legion of Mary Outreach to the Homebound
As a result of an increase in membership, the Legion of Mary is in a position to extend its outreach mission. If you know of anyone who is homebound and would like to receive regular weekly visits of consolation and to be prayed with, or to receive Holy Communion, please contact Elizabeth Lockhart: 632-1606 or Georgiene Walsh: 337-0291.
Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal Soup Kitchen
The Rev. John A. Keogh Council of the Knights of Columbus presented the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal with a portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, July 17th at their mission convent in Harlem. Members of the Keogh Council hung the portrait in the refectory where the Sisters operate a soup kitchen every weekend for those in need. Other members of the Council spent several hours assisting the Sisters with preparations for the weekly soup kitchen, service during the meal, and clean-up.
Every Saturday morning, brother Knights from the Keogh Council deliver donated bread, cake and other food to the Sisters. If you would like to donate canned or packaged food, paper plates, cups, plastic utensils, napkins, et cetera, contact Past Grand Knight Paul Reisman: 722-6381.
Helping Mothers and Babies in Need
The Rev. John A. Keogh Council of the Knights of Columbus is collecting diapers, baby wipes and other items for mothers and babies, such as clothing and toiletries. If you can donate any of these items, please contact Past Grand Knight Paul Reisman at 722-6381, or send them directly to the Sisters of Life Visitation Convent at 320 East 66th Street, New York, NY 10065. Diapers of all sizes are needed, in particular for preemies and newborns and in sizes 4, 5 and 6.
Centennial of The Church of the Assumption
Assumption Parish will be celebrating its centennial very soon. The year-long celebration will run from December 2010 through December 2011. Throughout the year, special activities will take place. Among those activities is a dinner dance at the Surf Club, scheduled for October 21, 2011. Please be sure to hold the date.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process in our parish is a very flexible and welcoming process that is designed to accompany individuals whenever they experience God’s call to them. As a result, we have people at different stages of the process: Neophytes are those new Catholics who received the sacraments during this past Easter Vigil; Catechumens are those who are seriously preparing for Baptism; Candidates are those who have been baptized but who wish to become Catholics or who are baptized Catholics who have not had Confirmation and First Communion; and Inquirers are those who are just beginning the search to know God’s will. At present, we are blessed to have one Catechumen and two Inquirers. All are welcome at any time! How about today!
Are you a Graduate of a Catholic Elementary School?
You may have recently received a letter from your Catholic elementary school about the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP). CAP is a ground-breaking program – enabling schools to reconnect with and reengage their alumni for ongoing support. A contribution to your Catholic elementary school will help ensure that the next generation of students receives the same faith, knowledge, discipline and morals that you did while you were a student. Together, we can create a new future for the schools that helped us realize our own. P
Please visit www.ClickYES.com to sign up now, and to see if your elementary school is participating in CAP. Your school needs you today more than ever!
Eucharistic Adorers Needed at Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception is in need of Adorers - all times, but especially in the 5:00 - 6:00 PM time slot. Adoration Times at Immaculate Conception: each Monday and first Friday after the noon Mass, ending at 7:00 PM. If you are interested in committing an hour per week, please refer to the bulletin.
Sign of Peace Etiquette
If you are not feeling well, please refrain from shaking hands at the sign of the peace. One can wave, or nod the head or smile, and if someone doesn’t shake your hand, don’t be offended, be thankful, they may have spared you their germs! Also, God doesn’t expect the impossible from us. If you are weak, not feeling well, and truly sick, you are excused from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. Do yourself and us a favor: stay home; pray at home on that day. God understands. Also if you are not feeling well, definitely do not receive from the Cup. Receiving in one Kind or Species only (the Host) one receives complete Holy Communion, one does not need to receive both to receive our Lord fully. Also, wash your hands often, and only use the Church’s rest room on an emergency basis. Don’t let the children go there simply because they are bored.
Our Building Campaign
There is still time to make a pledge or donation to our Building Campaign. To make a donation, you can use the Building Fund envelopes in your envelope packet or on the Usher Tables in Church. To make a pledge (a commitment of several payments over time) or would like extend or to add to an existing pledge, please call the rectory and ask for Chris: 961-3643.
Memorial Naming Opportunities
Many families who have donated to our Building Fund and who qualify for Memorial Naming Opportunities have not taken advantage of this option. If your pledge or donation is at the $10,000 or more level, please let us know if you are interested in one of these opportunities. Call the rectory and ask for Chris.
Help Raise Money with Products you Already Buy!
ICS is participating in programs to earn cash and free merchandise for our school. Simply follow the instructions below and you can help us earn free stuff for the school!
Campbell’s Labels for Education
Save UPC’s and caps from participating products. ICS will redeem them to earn free educational equipment. Look for the Labels for Education logos on Campbell’s, Franco American, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, SpaghttiO’s, Swanson, and V-8 products. For a complete list of eligible products (including new 5 point products!), visit Labels for Education.
Box Tops for Education
More than just box tops! Visit Box Tops for Education to see how ICS can earn up to $20,000 per year with your help. Earn cash for our school every time you clip Box Tops coupons, shop online at the Box Tops Marketplace, or order books through the Box Tops Reading Room. Box Tops for Education coupons can be found on selected products from Betty Crocker, Cottonelle, Depends, General Mills, Goodnites, Green Giant, Hefty, Huggies, Kleenex, Kotex, Nature Valley, Nestle, Pillsbury, Poise, Scott, Yoplait, Ziploc, and more.
Drop labels, UPC’s and caps into the receptacle in church.
Recently Married Parishioners
Many individuals who have recently married continue to be registered parishioners as part of their parents’ families, even if the parish is not the one they currently attend. Often they plan to move in the not-too-distant future and do not want to initiate a change until that decision has been made. Couples who do live in the parish and want to be registered as a new family should call the rectory.
Welcome to New Parishioners
We would like to welcome new neighbors who have not yet registered at our parish. Please stop by or call the rectory. We can register you over the phone - ask for Chris.
Change of Address for Current Parishioners
If you have changed your phone number and/or moved, please let us know your new information and whether you will continue to be parishioners here. You can call the rectory or complete the information below and drop it in the collection basket. It is important to note apartment numbers and phone numbers.
If you leave a message, please include your old address and phone number - so we can make the change properly.
Matching Gift Programs
Many companies sponsor matching gift programs to encourage employees to support charitable institutions. If your gift is eligible, simply request a matching gift form from your employer and send it, completed and signed along with your gift to:
If you need help completing the form, please call the rectory. Please note: some companies will match the Gym Campaign and not the Church projects. Please read your company’s policy carefully. Call the rectory and ask for Chris if you have any questions.
Immaculate Conception School Enrollments
ICS is now accepting registration for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Our school is accredited by the Middle States Association, an academic accrediting institution. Not many elementary schools are accredited by Middle States. Our program covers Pre-K for 3-year olds through eighth grade. The tuition for our school is the most affordable in the area. All are welcome. If you need more information please call the school at 961-3785.
Bakers Needed for Hospitality at Assumption
Hospitality is in need of parishioners to supply cakes or cookies (home baked or bought). Hospitality Sunday at Assumption is the first Sunday of the month. Not a baker? Perhaps you could consider making a donation to help defray our costs.
Join the Choir
The Immaculate Conception Adult Choir is open to those who like to sing and are willing to commit to the choir’s schedule. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings and sing at the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday. If you are interested in joining the choir and participating in this important ministry of our parish, please come to the choir loft and speak to Robert Harvey after Mass. All voice parts are needed!
Instrumentalists Wanted - The Music Director of Immaculate Conception is looking for instrumentalists to accompany the choir at the 10:30 AM Mass. To volunteer, come to the choir loft and speak to Robert Harvey after Mass.
Tax Rules and Using Envelopes
Parishioners are encouraged to use the envelope system, particularly with the tax rules governing charitable deductions. If you want to start receiving envelopes, please call the rectory during business hours.
Lectors Needed at Assumption
If you would be interesting in being a lector at the Church of the Assumption, and are at least 16 years old, please contact Rita Boyer at 589-8850.
Bible Study Continues on Wednesdays
The Bible Study Program will continue on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Lower Rectory. Come learn about the early Church. Please bring your Bible.
Memorials at Assumption
Memory Stones are still available for the Prayer Garden at Assumption. Leaves on the Memory Tree in the Church are also available. For more information, please contact Michele Pinto for the Prayer Garden stones and Jim Celestino for the Memory Tree leaves.
Food Collection Bins
Have you ever noticed the food collection bins at Immaculate Conception Church? They are there to collect non-perishable food items for the HOPE (Help Other People Eat) Ministry.
Cooks Needed for H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Eat)
The H.O.P.E. ministry is in need of cooks, once a month, to prepare or donate unprepared foods for simple meals to feed 10. On the third Tuesday and second Wednesday of each month, we deliver meals to the H.O.P.E. soup kitchen in New Rochelle.
Volunteers are asked on the Tuesday or Wednesday, not both, to provide either unprepared foods such as a couple of bags of salad or frozen vegetables, or prepared foods such as meatloaf, sliced ham with sweet potatoes, hamburgers, chicken legs and thighs, etc. You just deliver the food to the back porch of the rectory by 3 PM of the assigned date. Again, your contribution is to feed only 10 people. Anyone interested please contact Kathy: 337-3356 or Camille: 961-7325.
Please Remember Our Parish in Your Will
No matter what the size of your estate, if you want to provide for relatives, friends and our Parish, you will need a Will. If you die without one, you lose the ability to control the disposition of your assets. New York State law, and not you, will tell your family where your money and property goes. Further, income tax and estate tax savings, which might be arranged through a careful review of your alternatives in the course of preparing your Will or estate plan, will be lost if no Will is prepared. Naming our parish as a charitable beneficiary in your Will is simple. For further information, you and/or your attorney may contact:
Director, Planned Gifts
There are new stricter legal and ethical guidelines regarding the dissemination of patient information from hospitals to churches and clergy. In addition, today’s shorter hospital stays make timely pastoral visits difficult at best. If you have occasion to be hospitalized, you or your family members should do two things:
If you fail to do either of the above, we may have no way of knowing your needs.
Our ministry for the Hispanics of the community is thriving. We are regularly scheduling Convivencias on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at Fr. Fata Hall. We are also offering Mass in Spanish at the Church of the Assumption at noon each Sunday. Other services include English classes, Faith Formation through R.C.I.A., and social outreach. For more information, visit our Hispanic Ministry web page:
Archdiocesan Announcement on Sexual Abuse
Protecting God’s Children - Anyone who needs to report an alleged incident of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest, deacon, religious, or lay person serving in the Archdiocese of New York is asked to contact Sister Eileen Clifford, OP at (212) 371-1000 ext. 2949 or Deacon Lawrence O’Toole at (212) 594-4646. Both may also be reached via e-mail at email@example.com. Information can also be found on the Archdiocesan web site: www.ny-archdiocese.org. In keeping with Archdiocesan policy regarding the sexual abuse of minors, this information is provided to ensure that our children remain safe and secure.
If you believe that you have suffered sexual abuse by a member of the
clergy or anyone acting in the name of the Church, recently or in the
past, the Archdiocese would like to assist you in reporting the abuse and
in getting you the help you might need. If you wish to report sexual abuse
by a priest or a deacon, you may do so by telephoning Sister Eileen
Clifford at 212-371-1011, ext. 2949 or Monsignor Desmond O’Connor at
212-371-1011, ext. 2931. Both can be reached via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, visitors to the Archdiocesan
website, http://www.ny-archdiocese.org will find information for making a
complaint online, by e-mail or by U.S. mail. The website also has valuable
information on the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program as well as tips
for parents. In keeping with the Archdiocesan policy regarding sexual
abuse, we provide this information to assure that all, especially our
children, are safe and secure.
If you don’t own a cookbook yet, you can call the rectory to reserve a copy. They will be ready for pickup the next weekend - and they make great gifts for Christmas, bridal showers, and for the college student!
Helpful Hints for Envelope Users
1 - Consolidate all miscellaneous envelopes into one check, unless it is for several weeks of the regular Sunday offering.
2 - Use scotch tape or staples to seal your envelope or attach money to the envelope.
We thank you for your generosity and your support. It will help us to be more efficient and accurate in recording your contributions.
Devotion of First Saturdays
Every first Saturday at Immaculate Conception
The members of the Rosary Society, Our Lady’s Cenacles, and the Legion of Mary, will join together to honor Mary’s request at Fatima, which is to practice the Devotion of First Saturdays of each month. The Devotion of First Saturdays includes Confession, Communion, the recitation of five decades of the Rosary, plus twenty minutes of meditation on the twenty mysteries for five consecutive months. Members meet at 9:00am Mass, followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary. For more information, call Ana Nunes. All are invited.
Throughout church history, the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary have brought about victories in hopeless times. One example is the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. When forces sought to destroy Christianity in Europe, Pope Pius, V instructed all Churches to hold 40 hours devotions (Eucharistic Adoration) and recite the Rosary. The Catholic faith was saved by people praying before Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and offering the Holy Rosary.
How blessed we are at Immaculate Conception to have Eucharistic Adoration every Monday and on First Fridays. To be able to continue with this wonderful gift, we are in need of committed adorers from 1pm to 7:15pm on Mondays and 1pm to 7pm on First Fridays.
Please answer the Lord’s invitation to spend an hour with Him in thanksgiving for all He has done for us. Our families, our Church, and our world need this devotion. There are sign-up papers on the windowsill at the Blessed Mother entrance to the Church. Please sign and you will be contacted.
Guidelines for Bulletin Items
Ministry Heads who want to have notices placed in the bulletin should submit the notice by Thursday, a week and a half before the bulletin will be distributed. The submittal should include all pertinent information including dates, times and places. Contact information should also be included, particularly daytime phone numbers, so that we can get back to you with questions. When using a parish facility, that facility needs to be booked ahead of time.
Due to space constraints, we cannot guarantee your notice will be included in the bulletin, although we will make every effort to include all parish items submitted by the target date. It may be necessary to edit a notice in order to have the space to accommodate it. We trust you understand.
When submitting a notice for a bulletin that coincides with major church celebrations, such as Christmas, Palm Sunday, or Easter, our deadlines for completing the bulletin are moved up, typically a week, to allow for the printing of larger quantities and vacation time for the printer’s employees.
Personal advertisements are not included in our bulletin. Items from community groups may only be included if there is space after accommodating all parish items.