Who am I? Why am I here?
We all grapple with these questions from time to time. When you come to Mass this Christmas, you’ll
receive a special gift from our parish that will help you find the answers so you can start living the
amazing life God created you to live.
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 will begin on October 16, 2017 and end on the last evening of the ICS Carnival:
June 3, 2018. That means that, for about a month, we will be drawing weekly winners from both
the Second and Third Bonanza Lotteries: 4 winners per week!
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
Our RCIA program began on Monday evening, September 18, with 14 adults and 2 teens who hope to receive all the
Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Communion, at the Easter Vigil 2018. Please pray for each of
them as they journey toward full initiation in our Roman Catholic Church.
If there is anyone you know who wishes to convert to our Catholic faith or finish their Sacraments of Initiation,
this year’s group will close and take no new converts or candidates after October 16. There is still time
to join and make up the classes you may have missed. If interested, call Fr. Sorgie 914-961-3643.
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.
God just might be calling you! If you hear the call to be a catechist, don’t be afraid; you are not alone!
We will be using textbooks with Teacher’s Manuals that are excellent, with plenty of activities and ideas for
you to “pick and choose”. Part of what we will do will be to change activities often. The textbook
helps focus on the message. We will tell the story, discuss the story, act out the story, sing a song about the
story, create a drawing of the story, etc.
We need other volunteers as well! Consider being a Teacher’s Aide or Hall Monitor. Use the same
application as for Prospective Catechists.
Print out the application form. Then drop it off at the Rectory, in the collection basket, or at the PREP Office
(open through August from Noon until 6:00 PM on Wednesdays).
Please, do not e-mail them to Sr. Cora – she cannot print them.
Bishop Robert Barron has developed five video mini-courses which will be available through our
Parish’s Flocknote system. We will be sending these weekly to parishioners who sign up here or on
Sign up for What Did Jesus Really Teach? (September 12 – October 3):
Sign up for Who is God and How Do We Know? (October 10 – November 7):
Sign up for Who is Jesus and Why is He Different? (November 14 – November 29):
Sign up for Why the Church Matters! (December 5 – December 26):
Thank you to everyone who donated the flour, eggs salt, sugar, yeast, and oil that we will use to make
Grandma Sorgie’s Famous Sicilian Zeppole at the Carnival! Don’t forget to come to the Carnival
and see how everyone enjoys those zeppole.
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).
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 Confession
As 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 Mercy
Fr. 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 Word
See videos and get insights on the Sunday Gospel readings.
Our Lady of Fatima
a half hour audio designed for children
tells the story of three shepherd children: Lucia and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco..
by G.K. Chesterton - read by actor Kevin O'Brien of the Theater of the Word.
A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens (514 pages)
7 Secrets of Divine Mercy
by 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.
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.
Since 2003, with the rise of Islamic extremists and ISIS, Iraq has tragically lost 80% of its Christian population,
a 2,000-year-old community. Christians in Iraq have been forced to convert to Islam, pay a heavy tax, or die at the
hands of ISIS. 119 churches have been attacked or bombed in Iraq since 2004. Yet, through this, our courageous
Christian brothers and sisters of Iraq have maintained their love of Christ and their homeland. And now, the tide
in the war against ISIS is turning! As the Iraqi army nears Mosul, the second largest city of the Iraq captured by
ISIS two years ago, Christian villages surrounding the city are being liberated. Church bells are ringing again;
thanks be to God! Let’s continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters of the Middle East.
May they all soon be free to live and practice their faith in peace!
... your parishioners were extremely generous this year! The collection totaled $9,163 and many envelopes were
given out, so I am sure we will even approach $10,000. Almost like your days in Carmel!
Please thank your dear parishioners for us, and assure them that the sisters and the elderly here at Jeanne Jugan
Residence will keep them in our daily prayers and once a month we have that Mass offered for the benefactors -
I always remember the wonderful Catholics in the pews who keep us going! I hope to call you again soon about 2017,
if that would be possible. Thanks so much for your goodness to us!
As you know, the parish sent donations to the Monks of the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, the birthplace
of St. Benedict. Earthquakes were hitting towns in Umbria and damage was done to the Basilica and Monastery
of this small, wonderful community. I brought $8,500 to them for repairs and we celebrated Mass in the
Chapel of the Birthplace and saw the damage to the Basilica.
Shortly after our parishioners and I came home, we heard that a 7.1 earthquake hit Norcia; the monastery,
Chapel of St. Benedict’s Birthplace, and Basilica had been buried and the world watched it turn to rubble
as the stone cross fell through the roof. The monks are living in a tent city set up outside the walls
for protection and assistance to the needy. The rumblings continue each day. We have raised more money,
and I wrote the following letter to the Prior, Fr. Benedict, OSB and the Founder, Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB;
both are Americans, and they both responded. I want to share it all with you. Thank you for making
our faith translate into real help for this community, still reeling from the devastation but hopeful.
Dear Frs. Cassian, Basil and our Prior Benedict,
I hear about rumblings each day and I am united in prayer with you often. May Holy Father Benedict and
St. Scholastica bless each of the Monks and those who will be drawn to you even at this most difficult time. …
My parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady has continued to raise some needed funds for
you and the community as you build and rebuild. I want to send another check for $8,029 to you. ...
Thank you, Fr. Benedict, for your hope-filled letter to me and my parishioners. I will publish it
in our bulletin. May all your efforts bear fruit.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Anthony Sorgie, Pastor
Dear Fr. Sorgie
Thank you for your extraordinary generosity. Yes, the tremors continue -- and probably will do so
for the space of a year or so. Thanks be to God, we are doing fine, and are expanding our wooden
buildings on the mountainside -- thanks to your financial help.
I will be in Connecticut for meetings on the weekend of Apr 23-24. ... I would love to come to your
parish … to thank you all personally -- maybe on the weekend of April 29-30? Let me know if that
would work out for you. … Thanks again, Father, for your strong support. I hope you and your
parishioners are flourishing in the Lord.
Dear Fr. Anthony,
This is wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for your generous support and encouragement. May Our
Lady protect your parish and our community of monks together.
Fr. Benedict, Prior
On my recent trip to northeast Italy with 32 priests and parishioners, we went to Norcia, the site of a town rocked
by the earthquake in August. The dormitory of the Monks and the Basilica of the Birthplace of St. Benedict’s
had suffered. I had the humble pleasure of giving our generous gifts of $8,500 in a single check to the Prior with
a promise of more that was coming in to help with the restoration.
Since I was there another earthquake struck the region on October 26 and more damage has been absorbed in Norcia
and the Benedictines in particular.
A third earthquake measuring 7.1 in the Richter scale hit central Italy again the last weekend of October and has
now collapsed the entire Basilica of St. Benedict and the buried the Monastery in Norcia. Now the Monks will have to
restore an old Capuchin Friary that was abandoned on Mt. Sibilla above Norcia so they can both live their Monastic life
and serve the Lord’s heartbroken people in Norcia.
I already have collected more money for the relief effort and I cooked in a restaurant as fund raiser. We will
also raffle off a Dinner Set for 8 of all Tuscan Ceramics with the profits going to the Monks of Norcia. More to come.
The 9:00 AM Mass at Assumption, always beautiful, was different this past Sunday; it included the
Knights of Columbus Honor Guard – a sign that something special would happen. At the Mass, Fr. Sorgie
spoke about the earthquake victims in Italy and his desire to take donations from our parish to the
monks in Norcia. I realize that there is an overwhelming need for grieving and for rebuilding; but I
know that whenever pervasive tragedy occurs, our comfort is in the Lord. Even people who do not keep
Him uppermost in their minds and hearts, turn to Him in their distress. My heart breaks for them
in the magnitude of their losses, and for the fact that they need to go to a tent and not a church –
at least for now.
Following Mass, the Honor Guard led the ministers of the Mass, Fr. Sorgie, and those who could make
the short walk, to the statue of the Blessed Mother at the entrance to the church driveway. The statue
had been restored; Our Lady looked like the Middle Eastern woman that she was. Lovely! Father Sorgie,
surrounded by the Knights and the parishioners, blessed the statue lovingly.
Fr. Fata Hall was the next to be blessed. Although not 100% completed, it was ready enough to greet
us all and looks beautiful! It has always been a place of gracious hospitality, but it is even more
welcoming now: bright and cheerful. A truly lovely renovation! I realize a lot of people were
involved in all aspects of the planning, funding, and implementation of the beautiful transformations
that have taken place! I know they will be a beacon of hospitality for our community for many years!
On the Patronal Feast of the Assumption, we had 4 Masses and each of them was very well attended.
Our Blessed Mother must have been very proud of her children to give such wonderful worship to the
Heavenly Father for the Assumption of Jesus’ mother.
A special word of thanks for all the help with the Solemn Mass in the evening at the Church of the
Assumption. Thanks to all of our concelebrants who joined our pastor, the parochial vicars, the deacons
and the many altar servers who attended. Our Lector, Ushers, Adult Choir and organ made a beautiful
and joyful Holy Sacrifice unto the Lord.
The outdoor celebration in our Piazza at Assumption was a wonderful sight. When more than 360
parishioners began to exit the church at the end of Mass, they met up with over 100 people already out
there. They listened to the DJ, waited for a scoop of gelato, took a pastry or some delight baked by
our parishioners. Despite a sparking electric line and no AC in Fr. Fata Hall, our crew went into
immediate action with the help of the fire fighters, police and of course Con Ed. I could never thank
by name all those who helped, you know who you are. Grazie!
The Town allowed us to use the Trolley to transport people from Immaculate Conception’s parking
lot to Assumption and back. What a treat!
May the Lord bless our parish and all of its people!
Fr. Anthony D. Sorgie
This first video depicts the Entrance Hymn after the clergy has entered the Sanctuary:
Death Defeated, Love is Reigning
This video depicts the Recessional Hymn: Immaculate Mary
I want to thank Fr. Dermot O’Connor who has helped us by celebrating Masses weekdays and Sundays for a
few weeks while he visits his family in the parish. Father returned to Galway where he serves as a
Redemptorist priest. We were glad to be able to celebrate the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, who founded his
Religious Community, while he was here with us.
A second round of applause to Fr. Randy Soto, native of Costa Rica, Central America who is presently Professor
of Sacred Scripture at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. From July 21 to August 9, he has been of full-time
assistance here in the Parish and we are going to miss him very much and hope he returns at other breaks in his
teaching schedule to share his priesthood with us.
A new face for some of you is Fr. André Cirino, OFM, who is a Franciscan Friar who lives in our community in the
Siena Friary in Mt. Vernon. Last Lent he gave us a Mission and now he has agreed to help out when he is not preaching
and teaching in Assisi, Italy or England. Fr. André will become a familiar face in due time.
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 menus for our parish web site have been changed. The changes include the order of menu items as well as the options.
The most noticeable change has been the combining of the churches and cemetery into one top-level name: Parish Churches &
Cemetery. This underscores the fact that we are now one parish.
Our bulletin archive can now be found under both the Home and the Info menu items.
If you have bookmarked any of our web pages, please know that all of your bookmarks will continue to work.
We have simply made certain items easier to locate.
If you haven’t visited our new Stewardship page yet, now is a good time to take a look.
It can still be found under the Info menu.
Cardinal Dolan has informed us that he has given Fr. Lino a new assignment, as Administrator of St. Theresa of Avila Parish
in lower Manhattan. His address will be: Parish of St. Teresa, 141 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002.
We have been truly blessed by his priestly ministry here at Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady Parish and wish him
the choicest of God’s blessings in his new assignment.
Welcome, Fr. Connolly
Cardinal Dolan has assigned Fr. Sean Connolly to our parish. We extend to him our warmest welcome.
Fr. Connolly grew up in the Parish of St. Augustine in Ossining, NY. He was ordained in 2015 and spent the first
year of his priestly ministry at the Parish of St. Mary in Fishkill, NY.
Congratulations, Fr. Christian
All of us at the Parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady congratulate Fr. Christian Amah, who
was ordained on Saturday, May 28.
Fr. Christian has been assigned to the Parish of St. Clare of Assisi in Staten Island. His address will be:
Parish of St. Clare of Assisi, 110 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10308. Please remember him in your prayers
as he begins his new ministry.
Welcome, Mr. Louis Masi
Mr. Louis Masi, who is a 3rd year student at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, will be staying with
us for six weeks this summer. While here, he will be offering a four week series on Pope Francis’
Amoris Letitia, The Joy of Love. For more information on that series, please refer to our
Adult Faith Formation page.
The blue Missalette and Hymnal covers are falling apart in both of our churches. We will be replacing
all of them and want to give you an inexpensive opportunity to remember a loved one, honor someone or
some event. Please cut out this form and place it in an envelope with your
Memorial or Honorarium and $10 per cover. Send it in, drop it in the collection basket, or bring it to the office.
As of May 9, all 800 new covers have been put in service.
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:
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.
For other news or events items, please refer to a current bulletin.