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

Bonanza 2017 Tickets are Available

Weekly Drawings Have Begun

We will continue to draw two tickets per week for $200 each from now through Thanksgiving.
In addition to the weekly drawings, there will be three drawings for $2,000 prizes. Winning tickets will be re-entered for subsequent drawings - so it is possible to win multiple prizes with the same ticket.

There is still time to buy a ticket and be included in all of the upcoming drawings. Tickets are available at the rectory, in the sacristy, and in the school offices. Please fill out the bottom portion of the ticket(s), place it with your $50 per ticket in an envelope marked “Bonanza”, and return it to the parish.

Thank you for your generosity and stewardship. Please continue to pray for our Parish, our clergy, and the staff members who serve you.

As of April 25, 2017, we have sold $50,650 in Bonanza 2017 tickets!

Our first $2,000 drawing was held at the St. Patrick & St. Joseph Charity Ball on Sunday, March 5.
The next $2,000 drawing will be held at the end of the ICS Carnival (June 4).
The final $2,000 drawing will be held after the 7:30 PM Mass on the Eve of Thanksgiving (November 22).

There are 2,000 tickets - our sales goal is $100,000

Mite Boxes & Lenten Coin Folders

Please return the mite boxes and coin folders as soon as possible. If you did not get them, or if your contributions overflow the box, an envelope, plastic baggie, or other container will be fine. 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.

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!

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.
A Tale of Two Citiesby Charles Dickens (514 pages)
7 Secrets of Divine Mercyby Vinny Flynn (247 pages)

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.

Ten New Vestments from Rome

A Memorializing Opportunity

Our thanks to everyone who took the opportunity to honor or memorialize someone and to keep our vestments in good order.

If you missed this opportunity but would like to Memorialize or Honor someone special, please speak with Fr. Sorgie.

Here is a recap of the Vestments:

White, Red, Green, Advent Purple, and Lenten Violet Vestments

Vestment Colors: White, Red, Green, Advent Purple, and Lenten Violet

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.

CCD 2.0 Update

CCD 2.0 is going very well! The children have adapted to the new method, and they are enjoying learning about and experiencing their faith in a new way.

Each session begins all together in the cafeteria. Each child sits in a place that is marked with their name and color-coded for their group. We begin with a prayer, and then the groups go upstairs to their first classroom. Each classroom is set up for the specific domain - for example, big-screen TV/Video/iPad, floor lamp for prayer room, SmartBoard prepared, etc. When the children enter the classroom, they find their name and sit in the place prepared. At the end of each domain, the children prepare the name card for the next group coming into that classroom. Each domain lasts 15 minutes, and when the bell rings, the children exit the classroom and line up at the color-coded cones in the hallway to wait for their catechist/teacher to lead them into the next domain. By the 2nd or 3rd week, the children had the procedures down pat!

The domains are planned around the curriculum of the Archdiocese for religious education, according to the grade level. We are using a wonderful textbook series, approved by the Archdiocese, as the foundation of all the content lessons. The children are also learning different ways to pray: Lectio Divina (an excellent method of praying with the Scripture), reflecting on their day (“Rummaging for God”), and the traditional prayers that are necessary for each grade to learn and dictated by the Archdiocesan curriculum. They also play interactive games based on the content they are learning. Through the year they are watching scenes from Jesus of Nazareth, the Franco Zefferelli film, to help them visualize the stories they hear at Sunday Mass.

So, the children are very busy in the time they spend here. The time flies, and the children leave happy!

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.

Church Bells of Iraq Ring Again!

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!

Thanks from the Little Sisters of the Poor

Dear Fr. Sorgie,

... 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!

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,
Sr. Mary John, l.s.p.

Update on Monks of Norcia

February 2017
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.
Fr. Sorgie

October 2016
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.

God Bless you for your generosity,
Fr. Sorgie

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 Pricing for Mass Cards and Memorials

In keeping with Archdiocesan Guideline, our Mass Card pricing has been chnged:

Unannounced Mass$15
Announced Mass$20
Bread & Wine Memorial$25
Sanctuary Candle Memorial$25

Parishioners may also memorialize the flowers that are placed on the altar.
Please call the rectory (961-3643) for information.

ICS Featured in Superintendent McNiff’s 2016 Back to School Welcome Video

Dr. Timothy McNiff, in his Back to School Welcome, spoke of the excellence of our Catholic schools using ICS to illustrate the many positive aspects of our regional schools.

A View From the Pew

Based on a Parishioner E-Mail on September 12

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!

Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption

August 15, 2016

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

Thank You to our Summer Priests

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.

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.

Web Site Menu Changes

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.

Priest Assignments and More

Thank You, Fr. Lino

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.

New Web Site for Religious Education

It’s that time of year again! We are now registering families for the 2016-2017 school year.

We will be implementing the new CCD 2.0 program beginning in September 2016.

Please check out the new CCD 2.0 web site for in-depth information and all the forms you need for registration.

These are some of the pages parents will need to review:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 961.1076.

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.

New Covers for Our Missalettes and Hymnals

An Inexpensive Memorial

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 April 25, 786 new covers have been put in service - 14 are still available.

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:

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.

For other news or events items, please refer to a current bulletin.



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