Cardinal Dolan has asked Fr. Paul to begin a new assignment at the Parish of St. Clare of Assisi in the
Morris Park area of the Bronx. Along with Fr. Salvatore De Stefano and Fr. Matthew Reisman, he will assist
in the formation of a new combined Parish of St. Francis Xavier
and St. Clare of Assisi.
Fr. Paul will begin his assignment on July 1 and we ask God’s blessings upon him and his ministry
among the people and families in his new parish.
On a Sunday in the early Fall, we will have Fr. Paul return to celebrate Mass for us and honor and
thank him for his 3 years of priestly service among us.
The new mailing address for Fr. Paul will be:
Fr. Paul Waddell
St. Clare of Assisi Church
1918 Paulding Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462-3179
Congratulations on your child’s moving up from Kindergarten to First Grade! You must be so proud!
With that in mind, we would like to invite you to consider enrolling your child in first grade classes of the
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)!
We offer Family Friendly Catechesis!
Grades 1-8 are offered at the same time on the same day of the week!
When? Pick the Most Convenient Times
Register Early to Get Your Preferred Time
4:15-5:30 PM on Tuesdays
4:15-5:30 PM on Wednesdays
6:45-8:00 PM on Wednesdays
All sessions offer Grades 1-8; pick the best session for your family!
Cost? Registration Fees Are Unchanged!
$300 for 1 child; $375 for 2 children; $400 for 3 or more children. There is a $100 Sacramental Fee
per child for First Communion and Confirmation.
We also have a $150 fee for families that are not parishioners.
What Do I Need When I Register?
Your child’s Original Baptismal Certificate, and
Original Birth Certificate.
Both will be returned to you after registration.
Pay for PREP registration on-line!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
You probably know from the news that Nicaragua is living a civilian revolution and civil protests against
the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship, a country-wide street war. More than 130 university students and others
have been executed by sharpshooters and hundreds have disappeared or are wounded. The Church has been
mediating the situation since April 19, and the bishops and parish priests have been trying to get the
government to listen to the people. Many of my own parishioners have been threatened with revenge from
the ranks of the Ortega Sandinistas.
As you can imagine, I will not be making my annual trip to NY at the end of June, so as to not to abandon
my parish or people until things can settle down or resolve themselves. ... Please say a prayer for us.
I deeply appreciate your friendship and love over the years.
Hugs from Managua, Nicaragua!
Fr. Aurelian O’Dowd, Pastor & Principal
Cristo Agonizante del Rosario
ICS Softball defeated St. Barnabas in the Westchester Catholic Schools Softball League Championship on Sunday,
June 3. ICS won 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning with a come-from-behind win. Meghan Waters had the
defensive game of her career. Abby D’Angelo brought in Alexa Cacciola for the tying run. Brianna
Costa brought in Cayla Moroni for the winning run. Cayla, the short stop, was phenomenal and Alexa Cacciola
pitched an amazing game. The team is coached by Michelle LaMassa and Trina Moroni. Mrs. LaMassa has been
the coach of ICS Softball for ten years. Go Crusaders!
We have begun the Restoration and Renovation of the Church of the Assumption (circa 1911) in Tuckahoe.
Daily Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 AM, Monday through Friday, in a small chapel set up in
the Casa Padre Pio, adjacent to the Church: 125 Wallace Street.
Sunday Masses will continue in the Main Church, and we will pray and watch as our Church is both restored
and renovated. What an education in Sacred Art we will all receive!
We continue to receive envelopes from people who want to honor or remember special men in the
Father’s Day Novena of Masses. The envelopes are placed near the Tabernacles of our churches and
the intentions will be added to the intentions of the Masses for nine days, beginning on Father’s Day.
For those who use WeShare for the Father’s Day Novena, your intentions will be included as well.
If you do not use envelopes or WeShare, there are envelopes available on the tables in the church entrance areas.
I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help in the Zeppole and Raffle Tent at this year’s
ICS Carnival. We fried, sugared and sold 670 lbs. of handmade zeppole dough according to Nonna
All of our ingredients, as well as the tent, were generously given by parishioners or businesses.
I particularly want to thank A&M Bakery in Mt. Vernon, Country Markets of Westchester in
Eastchester and Angelina’s Restaurant in Tuckahoe.
There are too many people to list who worked with us, both from our Parish and 3 from St. James the Apostle
in Carmel, NY who gave up their time generously to work with our wonderful parishioners. It is hard
work, believe me, and yet we get closer and closer each year and have a lot of fun doing it.
A sincere thank you and true abbraccio (hug) to all the parishioners who
donated ingredients and the volunteers who helped hundreds of parishioners to feast on some real fine zeppole.
O Jesus, our great High Priest,
hear our humble prayers on behalf of your newly ordained priests.
Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love
which will ever increase in the course of their priestly lives.
In their loneliness, comfort them;
in their sorrows, strengthen them;
in their frustrations, point out to them
that it is through suffering that the soul is purified.
Show them that they are needed by the Church,
they are needed by souls,
they are needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Priests,
take to your heart your sons who are close to you
because of their priestly ordinations,
and because of the power which they have received
to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much.
Be their comfort, be their joy,
be their strength,
and especially help them to live and to defend
the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
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
Get your 1st choice of PREP class Times
Do not delay! Register today!
Want a 4:15 PM PREP Class?
Choose Tuesday at 4:15 PM or Wednesday at 4:15 PM!
Need a 6:45 PM PREP Class?
Need a 6:45 PM PREP Class?
PREP Classes Offered at Three Times:
Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30 PM
Wednesdays from 4:15-5:30 PM
Wednesdays from 6:45-8:00 PM
Cost of 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.
Pay for PREP registration on-line!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
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
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).
Up against competition from the very best secular publishers, Augustine Institute Radio Theatre’s
Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi was chosen as Best Audio by the Audio Publishers
Association (APA), the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and
spoken-word entertainment. You can listen to this inspiring, award-winning audio drama that shares the
astonishing story of Saint Francis of Assisi, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up
everything for the sake of Christ. It’s free on the Formed web site!
If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you’re in for a surprise. Discover the astonishing
life of St. Francis. As a young soldier, he encountered suffering. As a victim of war, he began a search
for inner meaning that would redirect his life. As a holy beggar, he embraced lepers, shook hands with the
Pope, debated a Sultan, and touched the lives of millions.
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.
The Lector proclaims God’s Word at Mass in the First and Second Readings as well as reads the
Introduction and the Prayers of the Faithful. If you are a Catholic in good standing and have good
communication skills, prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to this ministry. Submit your
name for consideration as well as your contact information (cell phone and e-mail address) to Fr. Sorgie.
An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion assists the priest at the celebration of the Eucharist
(Mass) to distribute the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, to other parishioners.
If you have a great love and devotion to the Eucharist and are a Catholic in good standing, prayerfully
consider whether God is calling you to this ministry. Submit your name to be considered for this ministry
as well as your contact information (cell phone and e-mail address) to Fr. Sorgie.
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
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.
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.
Gratefully, Your friends and fellow parishioners at Swazi Legacy
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.
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
We have concluded the first year of the Archdiocesan utilization of the online platform FORMED.org.
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!
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.
If you shop at any Stop & Shop store and would like to participate in the school Bonus Bucks rewards program,
please visit stopandshop.com 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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:
Sr. Cora’s List
Adult Faith Formation
Men’s Retreats and Women’s Retreats
Pilgrimages and Trips
and Several Options for Families with Young Children:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Always park in a properly designated spot.
Drive slowly and deliberately.
Be mindful of others.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For other news or events items, please refer to a current bulletin.