It gives me great pleasure to greet and send you a blessing from Managua, Nicaragua, as we all
deepen our Lenten experience with the practices of sacrificing ourselves and loving the Lord and
our neighbors so much more profoundly in this fifth week of walking with Jesus in the desert.
Your kind gestures of support for our parish churches, school and works of charity have been
extraordinary. Thanks to your mite boxes and donations, we have been able to do so many wonderful
things for our needy brothers and sisters. Of our 530 school children, you are supporting about
180 of the poorest with school textbooks, pens, pencils, notebooks, not to mention allowing them
to study with us completely free of cost. We have successfully added a second floor on our primary
school to accommodate two new groups of children from our barrio, thanks to you.
Pray for me as I commemorate my 40th year of mission here in Central America, and pray for the
peace that all of the poor of the world deserve and need.
May the Risen Lord, for whom we celebrate this time of Lenten preparation, continue to bless
you all abundantly!
With great affection and gratitude,
Father Aurelian O’Dowd
Many of our parishioners have received mail from the 2018 Cardinal’s Annual Appeal.
Because we are still winding down the Renew + Rebuild Campaign, we ask that you put that mail aside
until after Easter, when we shift our focus from the Campaign to the Appeal.
If you have made a pledge to the Renew + Rebuild Campaign, please do not put any pledge reminders aside.
The pledge payments should be sent to: Renew + Rebuild, 1011 First Avenue - 14th Floor, New York, NY 10022-4112.
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.
Lent is a Season for Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Mite boxes have been given to each ICS and PREP family. Coin folders are available to all parishioners
and can be found on the tables in each of the churches.
We will collect the mite boxes and coin folders at the end of Lent. You can also use your own
plastic bags or other containers. All of the money we raise will be sent to the Parish and School of
Cristo del Rosario in Old Managua, Nicaragua in Central America, where our friend, Fr. Aurelian O’Dowd,
is pastor and principal.
With the flu season upon us, priests, deacons, and Eucharistic ministers are reminded of the need to practice
good hygiene prior to and after the distribution of Holy Communion. This involves cleansing one’s hands
before Mass and when visiting people in their homes or in institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes.
It is also recommended that this be done prior to and after the celebration of other sacraments and religious
and parish functions. This may be done by washing with warm water and soap or by means of an alcohol-based
antibacterial hand sanitizer. It is strongly recommended that hand sanitizers be available in all sacristies
for this purpose. Concelebrants who have the flu and are concerned about spreading it can exercise the option
of intinction when receiving Holy Communion. Eucharistic ministers should not serve when they are sick.
Due to this particularly bad flu season pastors have the option of offering Holy Communion only under one species.
Please remind parishioners that they do not have to shake hands at the sign of peace, but may express peace
through another gesture or verbal greeting.
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).
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.
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.