Monday, September 4
The Rectory Offices will be closed on Labor Day: Monday, September 4. Immaculate Conception Church will close after the Noon Mass.
The Rectory Offices will be closed on Labor Day: Monday, September 4. Immaculate Conception Church will close after the Noon Mass.
The answer to this question is simply that God wants to give you all that He has; desires your happiness, and the salvation of your soul. He has provided a way: Jesus, and the means: His Church, which he established to provide us with everything we need on this journey of life. Just as Jesus is both human and divine, so is the Church; and by God’s design, every grace and blessing are given to the members of his Church.
If you have been standing outside the door looking in, or would like to inquire about the Catholic faith, then the RCIA program is for you. Or, if you have not been fully initiated into the Church by receiving all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion), or are seeking to be received into the Catholic Church from another faith , we welcome you and encourage you to enroll in the RCIA/RCIT (teens under 18) program. This program will prepare you to be fully received into Christ’s Church.
Classes begin Monday, September 18. Please call Fr. Anthony Sorgie at 914-961-3643 for more information, or visit the Immaculate Connection & Assumption web site and click on Sacraments & Liturgies.
During the months of July and August, the Religious Education Office will be open on Wednesdays (July 5, 12, 19 and 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from Noon until 6:00 PM. Anyone who cannot stop by during those times can drop off applications at the rectory office.
If you would like to pickup First Communion or Confirmation photos but cannot get to the office on Wednesdays between Noon and 6:00 PM, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Piacquadio to arrange for her to leave the photos for you at the rectory.
There are changes in the works for our Parish Religious Education Program. See what we are planning and how you can help!
It is very important that families register their children for the 2017/2018 Parish Religious Education Program
so we can order supplies and develop the most family-friendly schedule possible!
Everything you need for now is here.
Please note that every family with a child in CCD must complete either the Re-Registration form (for returning families) or the Application form (for families that are new to our CCD program).
Application Form for New Families
Welcome! The first step in registering is to fill out this application. Be sure to fill out both sides and sign it. If your child has an IEP, we will need to have a copy of it so we can best serve him/her. You will need to come in with your child’s Baptismal Certificate, and we can meet you and make a copy for our file.
Re-Registration Form for Returning Families
Welcome back! Please complete both sides of the re-registration form. If another child is joining the program, we will be in touch to complete information on him/her.
If you have already registered your child(ren) but need to choose the session that best fits your needs, please complete and submit the Session Selection form.
First Communion and Confirmation Dates
If you have child(ren) receiving First Holy Communion of Confirmation this year, please complete the date request form.
No child can be in our classes without this essential form completed.
The safety of your children is our top priority!
The parish subsidizes and guarantees the costs of the religious education program of its children. We ask the families to share in the very real costs involved in running the program. Parents share in the costs as defined below:
|Third + Child||$25
*Sacrament Fee is for Grades 2 and 8 - Fee due by December 1
Students will not be placed on class lists until Cost Share is paid.
Online payment is available through bank or credit card using ParishPay
Application for Prospective Catechists
This is a preliminary application and might be “tweaked”. Once we have an idea of availability, we will be able to schedule classes for 2017/2018.
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.
If you hear God call you to be a catechist, complete the Application for Prospective Catechists and return it to Sr. Cora as soon as possible.
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 Flocknote.
Sign up for
How to Pray and Why it Matters!
(August 15 – September 5):
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):
After Labor Day, the Spanish Mass celebrated at the Church of the Assumption will begin at 11:30 AM instead of 12 Noon. This change is done for two reasons:
Do you have photographs of the special events in your family’s history that took place at our beloved Assumption Church in its very early days (1911-1990)? Father Sorgie would like to see photos that show any part of the church and grounds, so that he can use the images as the source for the details needed to restore the church authentically! Take a look in your photo albums from your family member’s Sacraments or other occasions!
We will coordinate getting the photos from you and back to you in the way most convenient for you.
Get us your photos by:
When submitting your photos, please include the information: Name, Phone Number, Address,
Time Frame in which the photo was taken, and Event at which the photo was taken.
Thank you for being a special part of the restoration project!
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 July 3, 2017, we have sold $52,200 in Bonanza 2017 tickets!
Our first $2,000 drawing was held at the St. Patrick & St. Joseph Charity Ball
on Sunday, March 5.
The second $2,000 drawing was 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
When Immaculate Conception Church was last renovated, the stained glass windows in the sacristy were not done; time and wear have threatened the lead that keeps each piece of glass attached to the design. For that reason, you will see all compromised stained glass and their borders removed and covers temporarily covering the openings. In a few weeks, they will return strong and cleaned with their saddles scraped, painted and treated for decades to come.
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.
My good friends in Christ,
I was astounded to receive from your beloved pastor, Fr. Sorgie, the Lenten collection of $3,000 that you were so kind in sacrificing for the benefit of our parish, chapels and schools here in Managua. Our parishioners, students and, mostly, the needy of the parish thank you with all our hearts.
Be assured of our grateful prayers for you and please remember us in your own kind prayers.
In the Agonizing Christ,
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).
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).
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..|
|Manalive||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.
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:
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.
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.
Vestment Colors: White, Red, Green, Advent Purple, and Lenten Violet
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:
Searching for a faith based, values oriented, academically excellent education for your child? Consider Catholic School; visit the web site for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York web site. Financial Assistance Scholarships are available for qualifying families of new applicants.
Call to schedule a tour of our school: 961-3785 ext. 122.
Volunteers 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!
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.
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.
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,
We couldn't be more proud of our students and teachers!
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!
In keeping with Archdiocesan Guideline, our Mass Card pricing has been chnged:
|Bread & Wine Memorial||$25|
|Sanctuary Candle Memorial||$25|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
ICS has implemented Blended Learning and our students have a lot to say about it. Watch the video to see their impressions.
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.
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.
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.
Pope Francis’ document, Amoris Laetitia, has been translated into English. Read about The Joy of Love.
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.