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1 T H E R O M A N C AT H O L I C C H U R C H O F T H E IMMACULATE CONCEPTION O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. 26 JOHN STREET STONY POINT, NE W YORK SP.ORG S E RV E D B Y Rev. Herbert T. DeGaris Pastor Deacon Philip Marino Deacon John Sadowski Rev. Msgr. William J. Foley Pastor Emeritus T H E S A C RA M E N T O F T H E E U C H A R I S T Sunday Main Church in Stony Point Saturday Evening An. cipated Mass :30 PM Sunday Morning :30 and 11:30 PM Sunday Church in Tomkins Cove Sunday Morning :30 AM Weekday Monday thru Friday :30 AM Saturday :30 AM Holy Days of Obliga. on: 5:30PM - Vigil 7:30AM and 12 Noon St. Gregory Barbarigo at 7:30 PM DEVOTIONS Rosary: Recited daily a er the 7:30 AM Mass Novena: Monday a er the 7:30 AM Mass the Miraculous Medal Novena is prayed. RECTORY OFFICE fax RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE Ughetta Jilleba, Coordinator Margie Celenza Parish Secretary 24 East Main Street Stony Point, NY Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM Monday thru Friday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Confessions are heard on Saturday a ernoon from 4:00 to 5:00 PM and any me upon reasonable request. THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: First & Third Sundays at 1:00 PM. Expectant parents may contact the Rectory Office to schedule one of the available Sundays. Adults are bap zed and confirmed at the Easter Vigil a er comple ng the stages of the Rite of Chris an Ini a on. RCIA Rite of Chris an Ini a on of Adults: A process for those who wish to enter the Catholic Faith, or for present Catholic individuals who a er being bap zed may need to receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirma on. For more informa on, please call the Rectory Office. THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY: Since Catholic marriage requires a me of prepara on, arrangements should begin at least six months before the proposed date of the wedding to allow for the Marriage Prepara on Program and Natural Family Planning (NFP). It is required that either the bride or groom must be a registered and prac cing member of Immaculate Concep on Church. PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK: If you are planning to enter the hospital for surgery, experiencing a prolonged or serious illness, or are very weak due to advancement of age, please call the Parish Rectory to arrange for the sacraments of reconcilia on, communion and anoin ng at home. Communal anoin ng of the sick is celebrated at mass during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Please no fy us of any hospitaliza on so that we may be of assistance. WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS: The Immaculate Concep on community warmly welcomes you! Please introduce yourself to the celebrant of the mass you are a ending as you leave the church so that, on behalf of the en re community you may be welcomed. You can register at the Parish Office and receive any informa on needed from the office recep onist. Kindly no fy us of any change of address. MISSION STATEMENT: Immaculate Concep. on Parish is a Chris an community of disciples in the Roman Catholic tradi on, called by Jesus, united in Eucharis c worship and growing in faith, hope and love. Nourished through the sacraments and strengthened by God s transforming love, we are empowered to know the gospel message and to witness to others. As Chris an stewards, we are thankful for God s many gi s and we commit ourselves to share our me, talent and treasure in Christ-like service within our parish community and beyond. We seek God s blessing and guidance to be faithful to this mission. Twenty-Fi. h Sunday in Ordinary Time September 20, 2020

2 September 20, 2020 Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time Dear Friends in Christ, The Archdiocese publishes a quarterly magazine called Always. In the Fall 2020 issue, there is an article entitled The Virtues of Isolation - A Bronx Prayer, that centers on Sr. Maria Pia, from Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx. Her spiritual insight for herself and the other sisters I have shared about this order a few times on past Corpus Christi Sundays. You may read the article along with the full magazine at These past six months of our own isolation has been challenging. All of us dealing with the fear of the pandemic, of possibly getting Covid-19, some actually getting it and of course, sadly those who have succumbed to it. We are trying our best to cope. Restaurants have opened limited inside dining, we made the best of this year s summertime, and now our children and grandchildren began another academic year in some sense of in person and/or remote learning. Even the Church has been affected. Not being able to gather in person for public celebrations during the end of Lent, Holy Week and the Glory of Easter Sunday and the Easter Season. Once public worship began again in mid-june, we have been faced with limitations of only allowing 100 people at each mass. Some of us may still feel nervous about returning to church. I would like to explain in detail what we are doing here at Immaculate Conception to ease any fear or worries a parishioner may have about returning to worship at mass, or come to the church for private prayer during the day. On weekends, after each mass, the church is sanitized. Two weeks ago, we began the process of using a mister to sanitize each pew. The parish purchased an Electrostatic Sprayer (fogger) which sprays a mist of charged droplets using Aerostatic charging process. This machine dispenses a water-based solution coating any surface evenly. The solution used is known as VS-1000 Disinfectant Concentrate. This Concentrate has been approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2, the corona virus that causes the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), when used in accordance with the directions for use against SARS-CoV-2 on hard, nonporous surfaces. Each evening when the church is closed, the process is done so the morning mass the next day may welcome worshipers to a sanitized church. This mister and solution will be used in the school building in the halls and every classroom in-between each religious session and class so that our children returning to our School of Religion My Time with Jesus Program will be entering a safe, sanitized building and classroom. I offer this detailed information to the parish, those who have returned since public worship started up again but even more so to those parishioners who have concerns about returning to mass. As I mentioned above, we are presently allowed 100 people at each mass. All parishioners and clergy enter church wearing masks. Every other pew is closed off and there are markings in each open pew where to sit at allowing safe distance from the other person(s) in the pew. The closest we have come to our 100 capacity at mass is 82. Presently at our weekday 7:30 morning mass we average 25 to 30 worshipers. A parishioner upon their first return to church may find our morning mass a more comfortable setting for themself. I share all this because I miss so many of you, more importantly, Jesus misses you! I pray that this information may indeed put to ease any concerns any onc of you may have. May God in his loving mercy keep us all safe in His care, -Fr. Herbert T. DeGaris

3 Church of the Immaculate Conception SCHOOL OF RELIGION My Time with Jesus OUR FAITH IN ACTION The Sacrament of Baptism Did you know Baptism is the beginning of life our supernatural life. Because of original sin (Adam and Eve), we come into the world with a soul which is empty of God s life. Supernatural life, which is the result of God s personal and intimate indwelling, is absent from the soul. At Baptism, God becomes present in the soul, and the soul shares God s own life called sanctifying grace. Baptism was instituted by Jesus when He was baptized by his cousin, St. John the Baptist, and when He commanded His apostles to go and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It was at His baptism that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus and God revealed Jesus as His Beloved Son. Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. (CCC1213) Baptism is necessary before one can receive any other sacrament. It is the first sacrament of Christian initiation which is completed with the sacraments of Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Baptism makes us children of God, members of Christ, members of the Church, and heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. This means that: Baptism permanently relates us to God and is necessary for our salvation. Baptism is our eternal union with God. It imprints an indelible character on the soul of the recipient and can be received only once. Anyone not baptized may receive the sacrament of Baptism. Adults need to be introduced and participating in our faith before receiving Baptism. This period of preparation is called the catechumenate. For infants, it is required that there be a reasonable hope that the parent(s) will bring the child up in the Catholic faith. The celebrant of Baptism is either a Bishop, priest, or deacon, but in case of an emergency anyone, man or women, can validly baptize by pouring water three times over the head of the candidate while saying the proper words of: Name of child/person, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The water of Baptism symbolizes both death with Christ and life with Him. In Baptism, we die with Christ under the waters and then we rise with Him. Water is a symbol of life. Every life known needs water. In Baptism, we are given the very life of God. By Baptism, all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. (CCC1263) Being anointed with holy chrism signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit. The white garment symbolizes that he/she has put on Christ. A candidate for Baptism must have at least one Godparent. The Godparent cannot be the mother or father of the one to be baptized. The Godparent must be at least sixteen, be a Catholic in good standing (practicing Catholic) who has been confirmed and is receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist regularly. There can be two Godparents (a Godfather and a Godmother). Non-Catholics cannot be Godparents, but can be a witness to the Baptism. Something to think about The water of Baptism truly signifies that our birth into the divine life is given to us in the Holy Spirit. (CCC694) Sin and the consequence disappear when God comes into the soul just as darkness disappears when the light is turned on. Sin is a spiritual emptiness of the soul and sin is destroyed when grace comes into the soul. So, today and every day, let us be reminded that Baptism is the basis of our whole Christian life and the gateway to life in the Spirit which gives us access to the other sacraments. In Baptism, we receive the supernatural life, called sanctifying grace (God s life) and there is passed on to the soul a permanent quality which we call the mark or character of Baptism.

4 The Lord is near to all who call upon him. Page 3 MASSES FOR THE WEEK SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH 5:30 The Colleluori Family (req. by family) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH 7:30 For the People of the Parish 9:30 For the Catechists & Volunteers Here at Immaculate Conception 11:30 William Casey (req. by Bob & Marilyn Marino) MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST 7:30 Rosalia Martinez (req, by The Tiso Family) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 ND 7:30 Frank Selicello (req, The Tiso Family) WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD 7:30 Riziero Botta (req. by The Tiso Family) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH 7:30 Herbert B. & Philomena DeGaris FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH 7:30 Cosimo Corvasce (req. by family) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH 8:30 The DiGasbarro Family (req. by family) 5:30 Ray Winheim (req. by Neighbors) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 7:30 For the People of the Parish 9:30 Rachel Connolly (req. by family) 11:30 Mark Jones (req. by family) REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS All those who are ill at home, in the hospital and in nursing homes, especially: John Capria, Lauren Shields, Billy Keenan, Carl Pesce, Mary Murnane, Tracy Pappalardo, Ruth Ann Melia. Our recently deceased: FROM THE DEACON S BENCH THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK The Christian does not think that God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us. C,S. Lewis FOOD PANTRY For the month of September, the Food Pantry will be collecting cereal. Please leave your donations in the collection bin in the vestibule of the Church. As always, we thank you for your generosity! RCIA UPDATE YOUR FAITH Have you been thinking about becoming Catholic, or completing your faith initiation by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation? Or are you interested in just learning more about our Catholic Faith. Our program of Adult Faith Formation will begin in September, either in person (God Willing) or on line. For more information about the program, or to register, please contact Deacon John by calling the rectory at An Act of Spiritual Communion My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. BANNS OF MARRIAGE Damian Feeney & Rebecca Maher (II) SECOND COLLECTION SUUNDAY SEPTEMBR 26 TH /27 TH There will be a Second Collection taken up the weekend of September 26 th /27 th for the St. Joseph s Seminary Appeal. SACRIFICIAL GIVING Sunday Collection Sept. 13, 2020 was: $ 5,283 Sunday Collection Sept. 15, 2019 was: $ 5,871 THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

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