ANNOUNCED MASSES: Feb. 5 – Feb. 13

Saturday5:00 PMHelen Shea Cynthia & Richard Schilero
Sunday9:00 AMMary Hill Meg Hill
11:00 AMGinny Cordes Carol & Al Olivieri
Monday8:00 AMFor Our Parishioners
Tuesday8:00 AMFor Our Parishioners
Wednesday8:00 AMSteven WarnerTodd & Roberta Ruppel
Thursday8:00 AMFor Our Parishioners
Friday8:00 AMJoanne CozaFamily
Saturday5:00 PMPatricia Clooney-KentJoan Kent
Sunday9:00 AMFran BartlettMrs. Valerie Wallace
11:00 AMFor Our Parishioners

PRAY FOR THE SICK: James McCary, John Petry, Carl Schmidt, Mike Urban, Sr. Danielle Baran C.R., Nancy Letizia, Joyce Carroll, Chris Batton, and Nijole Raskys.

TESTED LIKE GOLD

      God wishes to test you like gold in the furnace. The dross is consumed by the fire, but the pure gold remains and its value increases.

                                                                                                    —St. Jerome Emiliani

Parish CALENDAR:

Feb. 13 (Sun.)9:00 AMFamily Mass – Hosted by 6th Grade
Feb. 21 (Mon.)President’s Day – No 8:00 a.m. Mass
Feb. 22-24No Religious Education Classes
Mar. 2 (Wed)Ash Wednesday

THE CARDINAL’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2022 has begun!  “Lord to Whom shall we go?”  Our priests are the foundation of our church, bringing us the sacraments and walking with us in our journey.  Your gift to the Cardinal’s Appeal supports our seminarians who desire to sacrifice their lives for the sanctity of the Church. To donate: cardinalsappeal.org/donate.  .

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS:  “Divided Christians will never find unity unless they are willing to humble themselves, bowing down to worship Jesus and Him alone,” Pope Francis said..  “How many times has pride proved the real obstacle to communion, he said as he closed the prayer on Jan. 25 during an ecumenical evening prayer service at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Christians are called to follow Jesus, to live His Gospel and to strive for the unity His disciples would have, the pope said.   

Healing After Abortion: Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? There is always hope. The pain and sorrow of abortion does not need to endure for a lifetime. A “Day of Prayer and Healing” offers the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of God and to respond to His invitation to begin the journey of healing the wound of abortion. Upcoming dates in the NYC area are:  Feb. 12, Feb. 26 (Spanish), April 20, May 21, and more.  For more dates, locations, and confidential registration, or just to talk to a Sister, please call the Sisters of Life at (866)-575-0075 (toll free) or reach us by email at hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org..

NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2022 (January 30 to February 5.  This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools:  Faith, Excellence, Service.”  Schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to the Church, communities and nation.  Central Westchester Catholic Schools are now accepting applications for admission for the 22-23 school year for students entering preschool through grade eight.  To apply, visit at : www.ApplyCatholicSchoolsNY.org.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND WITH FR. JOHN:  Looking ahead to the summer of 2022, I am researching the possibility of organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Egypt, Jordan, and Dubai. It will be August 9-23. If you think you might be interested, let me know.  the cost around $4499: airfare, hotels, breakfast and dinner, tours included.  Quite honestly, not a bad priceView the brochure on our website.

WHERE GOD IS

      We cannot go where God is not. And where God is, all is well.   —Anonymous

February 1, 2022

Dear Parishioners:

1. On Monday, January 24th the State Department put the Dominican Republic on its “Do Not Travel” list, due to the increased incidence of Covid. Consequently, I postponed my trip to the DR until the week after Easter (April 19-26). However, I still intend to utilize the week away between February 14-25, as already planned, even if I have to book a seat on Space X.

2. Our modified and updated website is now online. Feedback is always welcomed. My thanks to Pete LiMarzi and Kate Koenig, our new webmistress.  Our live streaming of Sunday mass at 9am continues with strong viewership.

3. March is looking like a very busy month with three weddings and several baptisms. In addition, we have scheduled a blood drive in our church hall on Sunday, March 6 between 900am-3pm. More info to follow.

4. In counting the collection last week we discovered a beat-up old $5 bill. Everything about it looked genuine in every detail under a magnifying glass: color, paper, feel, engravings. The tip off: On the lower reverse side were the words: “Motion Picture Use Only.” My question: “Why the need for such detail on a phony $5 bill?” When was the last time you saw a movie where there was a closeup of a $5 bill, and for what purpose?

5. The poinsettias in church have served us well during the holiday season. Feel free to take those that remain. We will be ordering altar flowers again in the following weeks prior to Ash Wednesday, March 2nd.

6. I stopped by our 5th grade CCD class and was asked by one of the students, “What was Jesus’ last name?” I thought I would be smart and responded: “Sometimes famous people have only one name, for example, the singer Madonna. Every student asked: “Who is she?” Boy, do I feel out of touch. Maybe I should have said Adel, even though I think the students would have reacted in the same way. The Gospels describe him as either “Jesus, son of Mary,” or “Jesus of Nazareth.”

7. The 2022 Cardinal’s Appeal is in full swing. We are presently at $13,300 toward a $59,000 goal. If you have not been contacted by the cardinal, through a solicitation letter, we have left envelopes in the back of the church for you to make a donation. You may put the completed envelope in the regular Sunday collection or in the “poor box” in the back of the church. You may also donate to the Appeal online (cardinalsappeal.org). Remember to credit our parish. Our code is W511.

8. Attendance last weekend (January 29-30): 5pm, 20; 9am, 34; 11am, 41. Live stream: 115 households watched live, 75 watched later.

9. A re-calculated total for our Christmas collection: $34,494 in envelopes and cash, and $7,125 in online donations.  The sum total: $41,619.  Thank you for your extraordinary generosity.

10. A January 31 run of our registered households/individuals: 646. The pandemic has highlighted the slow evaporation of long-standing parishioners whom we no longer see (for health reasons) and with whom we have little or no contact, including the use of the weekly envelope. This is regrettable. On the other hand, many of our absent parishioners continue to mail in their weekly envelopes or use the “We Share” app on our website. Re-connecting with our absent parishioners will remain a challenge in the months ahead, not only for our parish, but for all parishes. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our in-person attendance has hovered around an average of 150, our live stream around 150. All this will be taken into account as decisions are made about the future configuration of the diocesan landscape. At present, the diocese seems to be focused on the Orange-Ulster County areas.