Parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady

The Churches of Eastchester and Tuckahoe

53 Winter Hill Road   ·   Tuckahoe, NY 10707   ·   (914) 961-3643   ·   fax: (914) 961-0283

53 Winter Hill Road   ·   Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 961-3643   ·   fax: (914) 961-0283

Annunciation by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Parish News Highlights

Call to be a Catechist

If you hear the call to be a catechist, don’t be afraid! You are not alone! We use textbooks with teacher manuals that are excellent and include plenty of activities. The textbook helps focus on the message.

If you hear God call you to be a catechist, complete the application form and return it to Sr. Cora as soon as possible. Questions? Call Sr. Cora: 961-1076

Our 2018-2019 Parish Religious Education Program

What is Family Friendly Catechesis?

Family Friendly Catechesis means families with multiple children can all come at the same time and day, if you choose! PREP (the Parish Religious Education Program) will offer all 8 grades at the same time on the same day of the week. For example, if you have children in Grades 2, 5 and 8, you can sign them all up for PREP for the 4:15-5:30 PM Session on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or the Wednesday 6:45-8:00 PM Session.

When Will PREP Classes Be for the 2018/2019 School Year?

We are experimenting with:

How Much are PREP Classes?

There is no change in the cost to families!
$300 for one child; $375 for two children; $400 for three or more children.
There is a sacramental fee for each child who will be receiving First Holy Communion or Confirmation.

More Registration information coming soon!

Keep checking the bulletin and web site for more information!

Mother’s Day Thank You

The 21st Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast was a huge success, with about 200 attendees.

Thanks to the men who setup, prepared, served and cleaned up: Dominick Banda, John Campise, Joe Carapella, Vito Catania, Joe Catania, Jim Celestino, Anthony Fiore, Fred Gruber, Lou Lefrieri, Anthony Lore, Jim Nardelli, Vito Petriello, Vito Pinto, Sal Provenzano and Ed Viola. We also want to acknowledge Barbara Morra Capulli, who always pitches in to assist the men.

Special thoughts and prayers for Nick Ruffalo, who was always in the kitchen for the previous 20 years. Hurry back, Nick, we need you!

Thanks to Sister Cora, who coordinated the student volunteers from PREP; they helped setup, serve and clean up – and did a fantastic job!

Thanks to Claudia Francis, for donating the Mother’s Day flowers on each table. She would like those flowers to be in Loving Memory of Palmira Sacchinelli, Louise De Maio, and Paula Sacchinelli.

Thanks for the following businesses for their generous discounts: Manny’s Catering (located at the Greek Church, North Ave, New Rochelle), Country Market (Eastchester), and Bagels Plus (Chester Heights).

New Ushers are Welcome

Immaculate Conception Church is seeking to swell its ranks of ushers to meet the greater needs of our community.

Have you ever considered serving in this wonderful ministry?

The duties of an usher are not merely confined to taking up a collection. Our prayerful and respectful presence serves a multiplicity of needs in the church. Satisfying work? Yes. Hard work? No. All that is needed is a willingness to serve our fellow parishioners and guest worshipers at our various liturgies.

We welcome ushers who are men or women of high school age and above. In order to be mandated as an usher, you will need to have a brief instructional orientation. If you are interested, please call our Usher Coordinator, Jerry Colaio, at 779-7291. He would be very happy to answer your questions and to set up a training session.

A Thank You for Your Lenten Donations

I am happy to report that I sent $3,160.33 to Fr Aurelian O’Dowd in Old Managua, Nicaragua for the ongoing support of their school - Cristo Agonizante - in the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. God bless Fr. O’Dowd’s good work as pastor and principal. I also thank our parishioners, PREP, and ICS for generous almsgiving during this past Lent in the coin folders and mite boxes.
Fr. Anthony Sorgie

Easter Duty

The Easter Duty is the obligation of members of the Catholic Church to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession/Penance) and of receiving the Holy Eucharist once a year.

In the United States, the prescribed time for fulfilling the Easter duty extends to Trinity Sunday (May 27, 2018).

Welcome Jesse Malgieri, Cantor

The Parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of our Lady welcomes a new Leader of Song: Jesse Malgieri. Jesse is a singer/actor whose repertoire spans the musical genres from Opera to musical theater and especially Sacred Church Music. His international engagements include Germany, Spain, Japan and Greece. Domestically he has performed with the American Opera Companies of Santa Fe, North Carolina, Caramoor, Sarasota, Princeton, and Fire Island. Jesse was born and raised in Bronxville, and has lived in Crestwood for many years. Welcome to our parish family, Jesse, and particularly to your regular work at the Church of the Assumption.

Swazi Legacy Thanks

A heartfelt thank you to you and our generous parishioners at Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady Parish. Your continued support of Swazi Legacy is greatly appreciated. The generous donations we received during the January 27th and 28th Masses were amazing. Through their generosity we raised over $11,000.

Fr. Tim Wrenn and Cellumusa Dlamini were in awe of the generosity and the welcome they received while visiting from Swaziland, Africa. They value and appreciate every dollar raised. The donations will be put to good use and will directly benefit the children of the orphanage at the Manzini Youth Center in Swaziland.

We at Swazi Legacy, Inc. thank you, all of our priests, deacons, and our fellow parishioners for your prayers, support and generosity.

Your friends and fellow parishioners at Swazi Legacy

Schedule for Days when there are PREP Classes

Afternoons Evenings
Doors Open for Arrivals10:15 AM4:00 PM6:30 PM
Arrival Deadline10:25 AM4:10 PM6:40 PM
Classes Start10:30 AM4:15 PM6:45 PM
Doors Open for Dismissal11:35 AM5:20 PM7:50 PM
To Cafeteria for Prayer11:40 AM5:25 PM7:55 PM
Dismissal11:45 AM5:30 PM8:00 PM

Considering a Catholic Education for your Child?

Catholic schools offer a unique combination of academic and spiritual development that helps children of all backgrounds get the best start in life. Our students have outperformed NY State and City Schools in ELA and Math proficiency scores three years in a row. And over 99% of our high school seniors graduate and 99% of them go on to college or post-secondary education.

Our schools offer a secure learning environment, where respect, courtesy, and service to others are always part of the curriculum. And tuition is now more affordable than ever: Financial Assistance and Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

For help with admissions or financial assistance application, visit the NY Catholic School web site. You can also call the bilingual helpline: 646-794-2885

Your Thanksgiving Gifts Helping Others

A hearty hug and blessing from Managua, Nicaragua, where your most generous Thanksgiving Day collections are already doing marvels for the wonderful folks and kids here in this poor part of the Lord’s vineyard. Just this morning as I was leaving Mass, an older señora came up and shared with me the sad story that she had nothing left to buy food. I know of her extreme poverty and walked over to the local bodega and bought her some groceries, milk and soap and told her that this was from her good friends in Westchester at Immaculate Conception & Assumption parish. She promised to pray for all of you! God bless your kindness and, more than anything, please keep us in your prayers!

My love, blessings and prayers for you,
Father Aurelian O’Dowd

Thank you to our generous parishioners at Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady Parish for your continued support of Swazi Legacy. The generous donations we received during the collections at our Thanksgiving Masses is truly amazing. Your sacrifices will be put to good use and will directly benefit the children of the orphanage run by Fr. Wren, the Salesian priest who is managing the Manzini Youth Center in Swaziland. We at Swazi Legacy Inc. thank you, our priests, deacons and our fellow parishioners for your prayers, support and generosity.

Your friends and fellow parishioners at Swazi Legacy

Important Update for ParishPay Users and Any One Who Would Like to Set Up Online Giving

If you were using ParishPay online, you should verify your account by clicking on this link and selecting the first option, “I’ve Used ParishPay”.

If you have never used ParishPay but would like to make the move to online giving, choose the third option, “This is My First Online Donation.”

Once you have verified or set up your account, you can use the “I’ve Already Verified My Account” option.

You can also get to the WeShare page for our parish from the Electronic Giving page under the Home tab of our parish web site.

Formed Update

We have concluded the first year of the Archdiocesan utilization of the online platform All parishes received a subscription for the first year. Because of the level of participation in our parish, our subscription has been renewed. You can visit the Formed web site; if you are not already registered, you can register using the Parish Code: W8YK28 and create your account for books, videos and more!

Serve as a Teen Teacher Aide in PREP Grades 1-3!

We are looking for teen volunteers to serve as a Teacher’s Aide in the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP).

Interested teens must:

  1. Serve at a different session than the one you attend. Serve on:
    • Sundays from 10:15-11:45 AM
    • Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 PM
    • Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM
  2. Commit to one semester.
  3. Complete a Teen Teacher Aide Application form and get it to Sr. Cora.

Announcing the Third Bonanza Lottery

The Bonanza Lottery has been a tremendous success for the parish; our thanks to everyone who has participated!

We are taking a new approach to the Third Bonanza Lottery: instead of following a calendar year, we will follow the academic year. So, the new lottery began on October 16, 2017 and will end on the last evening of the ICS Carnival: June 3, 2018.

Only the dates will change; we will still have two winners of $200 each week and three big drawings of $2,000 throughout the October 16 through June 3 time period: 63 winners in total and more than $18,000 in prizes! We will continue to re-enter winning tickets – so each ticket can win multiple prizes.

Please try to sell tickets to family, friends, and coworkers. Extra tickets are available at the Parish Office, Sacristies, ICS and PREP Offices.

The third Bonanza Lottery will be one of the largest parish fund raising programs of our year and will help defray the expenses of the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) and our Regional Catholic School Tax. Thank you, as always, for your generosity and stewardship. Please continue to pray for our Parish, our clergy, and the staff members who serve you.

Stop & Shop Bonus Bucks Rewards Program

Help Immaculate Conception School

If you shop at any Stop & Shop store and would like to participate in the school Bonus Bucks rewards program, please visit and register your Stop & Shop card. Then you will be able to include ICS in the Bonus Bucks program. The School ID for ICS is 07066.

Events Celebrating the Centenary of the Miracle of the Sun

The parish celebrated the Centenary of the Miracl of the Sun at Fatima with Solemn Vespers and a Candlelight Procession on Friday, October 13, 2017 followed by a special Mass on Saturday, October 14 with Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan as the principal celebrant. The day began with a talk by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author of Fatima for Tooday. Fr. Paul Waddell led the parish in praying the Rosary. The Mass was the finale of the celebrations.

A short video of the procession can be seen here.

A short video clip of the parish singing Farewell to Fatima is also available for viewing.

Thank You from Lay Apostolic Ministries with the Poor (LAMP)

Dear Fr. Sorgie

Warmest greetings in the Lord Jesus.

On behalf of the Propagation of the Faith Office and all those in need served by LAMP Catholic Ministries, we want to express our deep gratitude to you and the generous parishioners of Immaculate Conception / Assumption Parish. Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity when you welcomed Samantha and Hailey to speak at the Sunday Masses. Your parishioners were indeed very generous in providing LAMP $3,672, for which we are humbly and deeply grateful. This is of great help in LAMP’s ministries of evangelization among the materially poor here in the Archdiocese of New York.

We at LAMP ask the Lord to return the generosity of your parish a hundredfold, and to continue to bless you and the parishioners of Immaculate Conception / Assumption.

Respectfully, in His service,
Tom & Lyn Scheuring, Ph.D.s

Gift Bearers at Mass

Bringing the mass offerings, or the gifts to the altar to be given to the celebrant is indeed a privilege and an act of charity.

Our ushers generally ask worshipers to fulfill this function before the beginning of the mass. If you are asked, and you accept the honor, please be prepared to go to the rear of the church at the offertory table at the proper time. You will then follow the altar servers up the center aisle, bow to the celebrant and deacon, hand them the gifts and then return to your seats down the center aisle.

By all means, if you wish to carry the gifts, it is perfectly proper to ask the usher as soon as you arrive for mass. It is suggested that you be dressed appropriately to perform this task. Most importantly, if you are a family member present for a memorial mass of the deceased, you should also ask the usher on duty to be given the honor before he or she chooses someone else.

A Thank You Note from Fr. O’Dowd

About the Mite Boxes & Lenten Coin Folders

My good friends in Christ,

I was astounded to receive from your beloved pastor, Fr. Sorgie, the Lenten collection of $3,000 that you were so kind in sacrificing for the benefit of our parish, chapels and schools here in Managua. Our parishioners, students and, mostly, the needy of the parish thank you with all our hearts.

Be assured of our grateful prayers for you and please remember us in your own kind prayers.

In the Agonizing Christ,

Fr. Aurelian O’Dowd - Pastor and Principal

Handout from Revive Mission

We thank Fr. James DiLuzio for his wonderful Revive mission. On Wednesday night, he shared with us Steps to Take When I Feel Angry: Charity Toward Ourself and Others (Including Disciples’ Tools for Addressing Angry or Difficult People).

Please feel free to share this advice.

Easter Duty

The Easter Duty is the obligation of members of the Catholic Church to approach the Sacrament of Confession/Penance/Reconciliation and of receiving the Holy Eucharist once a year.

In the United States, the prescribed time for fulfilling the Easter duty extends to Trinity Sunday (June 11, 2017).

Trending Topics on the Formed web site

Visit the Formed web site. If you are not already registered, you can register using the Parish Code:W8YK28 and create your account for Books and FREE Movies!

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of ConfessionAs a FORMED subscriber, you have access to all 9 sessions of the Forgiven video series. Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of His mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience His indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Fourth Cup Well-known Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn explains Christ’s Paschal Sacrifice on the cross as the fulfillment of the traditional fourth cup used in the celebration of the Jewish Passover meal. He draws a symbolic parallel to the Last Supper and Christ’s death on Calvary. Through his scholarly insights and important biblical connections, Mass will come alive for you as never before!
Three Days that Changed the World Fr. Perez brings us alongside Jesus in the final hours of His public ministry as He brings to fulfillment the very purpose His Incarnation, the salvation of all mankind. Fr. Perez’s detailed insights of those last three days offer a moving look into the loving heart of the Messiah and detailed descriptions of his intense emotional and physical sufferings as they really were. With this knowledge, our hearts can only love him more.
The Necessity of Divine MercyFr. Chris Alar, MIC, reveals the urgency to live and share the powerful message of Divine Mercy. He explains the basics of the Divine Mercy feast, image, novena, chaplet, and hour of mercy, and how to incorporate them into your spiritual life. Discover God’s transformative message of Divine Mercy.
Opening the WordSee videos and get insights on the Sunday Gospel readings.
Our Lady of Fatimaa half hour audio designed for children tells the story of three shepherd children: Lucia and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco..
Audio Books:
Manaliveby G.K. Chesterton - read by actor Kevin O'Brien of the Theater of the Word.
A Tale of Two Citiesby Charles Dickens (514 pages)
7 Secrets of Divine Mercyby Vinny Flynn (247 pages)

Dozens of e-Books are available at the Formed web site. Categories include: Exploring the Faith, Catholic Parenting, Children’s, Inspirational, and Special Topics.
A number of the books are available in Spanish.

Flocknote Communications

Get timely e-mails or text messages about important events

The Archdiocese has subscribed all parishes to a web based communications tool called Flocknote. This tool has replaced the way we used to send our e-Blasts. To sign up, text HailMary to 84576 or complete the form below:

Flocknote is based on using different mailing lists/user groups. You will be given the opportunity to see the various mailing lists that you can join, including the Parish e-Blast, Holy Day Reminders, and Community Notes along with some great formation options:

Conduct in Holy Mount Cemetery

The cemetery is a place of peaceful repose of the mortal remains of departed members of the community of faith. It is one of two sacred places noted in Canon Law (the other being the church). As such, conduct in the cemetery should reflect the dignity and respectfulness that a Catholic cemetery requires.

In order to maintain the dignity and respectfulness of the Catholic cemetery, recreational activities, such as jogging, picnicking, athletic contests and other sports activities are not permitted on the cemetery grounds.

Conduct in the cemetery should be respectful and dignified. Loud, boisterous activities are not permitted. Children under the age of 16 are to be accompanied by a responsible adult parent or guardian. Please put trash in proper waste containers and keep the cemetery neat and clean.

For Those Who Attended Our Advent Day of Prayer

A follow-up quote to the workshop on St. Bonaventure’s Five Feasts of the Child Jesus: Bringing Forth Christ, is offered for your reflection from the biblical scholar and Passionist priest, Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, in his Biblical Meditations for Advent and Christmas (page 90):

Each new grace in ourselves and in others
can be compared to a new birth of Jesus.
It may not be improper
to continue the image of Jesus’ birth as an infant.
An infant is to be touched and handled,
it is to be carried and fondled,
it is to be seen and heard continually
for it needs uninterrupted attention.
As Jesus is born anew in ourselves or in others,
we can tenderly touch, see and hear the word of life.
We must listen carefully,
for it whispers the deepest desires of God.
We must look intently,
for there is an ever new revelation of life and growth.
There must be continuous attention to this word of life,
who is Jesus in our midst.

During the Day of Prayer, Fr. André mentioned a YouTube video discussing something that happened at Newark Airport. Here is the video:

Faith Based, Values Oriented, Academically Excellent Education

Apply to Immaculate Conception School

Searching for a faith based, values oriented, academically excellent education for your child? Consider Catholic School; visit the web site for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York web site. Financial Assistance Scholarships are available for qualifying families of new applicants.

Call to schedule a tour of our school: 961-3785 ext. 122.

Volunteers Needed at Cabrini of Westchester

Volunteers are needed at Cabrini of Westchester in Dobbs Ferry. If you have a few hours to give to this rewarding experience, please contact Simone Smith (Director of Human Resources and Volunteers) at 693-6800 extension 571 or Yvonne at extension 592.

NYS Assessments for
Immaculate Conception School

We couldn't be more proud of our students and teachers!

ICS English Language Arts Scores

ICS Math Scores

Because of our high scores Immaculate Conception School will be working with other Catholic Schools in Westchester to help them improve their scores. Good work everyone!

New Stewardship Information

We have a new page for our web site: Stewardship. The purpose of the page is to keep parishioners informed on how the parish is using its financial and physical resources. It contains a comprehensive list of maintenance/custodial projects impacting our buildings and grounds, financial reports, beginning with the last report before the forming of the new Parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady, a status report for the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, and current information about the Mortgage on the Gym.

The link to the Stewardship page can be found under the Information menu item.

Blended Learning at Immaculate Conception School

See how our students feel about the experience.

ICS has implemented Blended Learning and our students have a lot to say about it. Watch the video to see their impressions.

Touring Tuesdays at Immaculate Conception School

When school is in session

The School of the Immaculate Conception participates in Touring Tuesdays, offering tours every Tuesday from 9 AM to 11 AM. This is an opportunity for prospective families to see our school in action and gain a personal snapshot from an “insider,” one of our dedicated parents. We encourage you to visit ICS and see what amazing things are happening at our school.
Please call Mrs. Ranallo in our Admissions Office to schedule a tour: 961-3785 option 2.

Central Westchester NEWS12 March 31-April 21

Thanks to the Central Westchester Regional Board of Trustees for underwriting this NEWS12 student recruitment commercial, as well as radio spots on WHUD and Pandora.

Posted by Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Parking Problems

We have noticed a marked decrease in the parking problems in the lots of both Churches, but especially at Immaculate Conception. Even with added crowds during the First Communion weekends, we have had very few cars parked incorrectly. We want to thank all of you and both our Fire Department Captains who walked with us and described the problems and offered some solutions.

Let us keep trying for real diligence in the following:

We have been having parking problems in the lots of both Churches, but especially at Immaculate Conception. I have spoken to the police departments in both Eastchester and Tuckahoe and asked one of the Eastchester Fire Department Captains to walk with me and describe the problems and some solutions.

Always park in a properly designated spot. Although we have ample parking spread over a large area, some people choose to create their own spots in un-designated areas. This causes a number of dangerous situations. Some cars are parking in fire lanes, on curbs, areas that block in cars, and even the priests’ driveway.

Please be careful when you park. I ask you to particularly remember the huge number of children we have all over our properties walking, going to Church, CCD, ICS, and sporting events.

A rule of thumb: if you are not between white lines, you are probably parking incorrectly. Try again, but don’t just leave your car there; remember the hundreds of other cars and people who also want to safely use our parking lots. Respect handicapped spots.

After many weeks in the bulletin, and in conjunction with the Fire Department, we have started to put notices on the cars that continue to park incorrectly until everyone is avoiding these dangers. Thank you for your cooperation in this very serious matter.

Donations of Clothing

The Salvation Army Clothing Drop Containers have been moved to the right of the large maintenance garage in the upper parking lot. If you find both of the containers filled, please do not leave clothing outside where the elements and animals can get to them. Please bring them to another container in town or bring them back when there is room. You could also try the new Goodwill storefront at 19 Mill Road in Eastchester. Call 337-3749 to see when it is open. To find Salvation Army Drop boxes and/or stores, visit their web site.

Donations of Canned Food

There are bins in the back of Immaculate Conception Church for donations of canned food. Please place your food donations properly in the bins and do not donate anything that has expired.

Mass Times Web Site

If you will be travelling in the United States and want to find the nearest Roman Catholic Church and its Mass schedule, you can visit the Mass Times web site (you may want to sort the results by distances) or call Mass Times at 1-858-207-6277. Many foreign cities are also included.

The Joy of Love

Pope Francis’ document, Amoris Laetitia, has been translated into English. Read about The Joy of Love.

Brother Cancer Article from our Lenten Mission

Those who have been fortunate enough to attend any of the meetings with Fr. André and are looking forward to the opportunity to read Brother Cancer: Beyond Survival by the late Robert Stewat, OFM. A copy of the article is available here.

Immaculate Conception Adult Choir

High School and College Students are Welcome!

Do you like to sing? Now is a great time to consider joining 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. All voice parts are needed! Prior choir experience a plus - but not required.

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