|Saint Margaret Mary, RC Church
560 Lincoln Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306
(718) 351-2612 Fax: (718) 987-0446
|All Parishioners, especially our
All parishioners are invited to
Register to participate in our parish life.
Did you know that you need to be
registered to have a child baptized, or
have a First Communion, Confirmation
Also, if your asked to be a sponsor,
you need a letter from your
You can Register at the Rectory or by
completing and submitting the online
|Last Updated: July 16, 2015 3:55pm
REGARDING THE STATEN ISLAND
SUBSTANCE ABUSE EPIDEMIC
At the March 27th, 2014 meeting of the
Staten Island Vicariate, the subject of
substance abuse on Staten Island was the
principle topic. Congressman Michael
Grimm, Adrienne Abbate (Project Director,
Tackling Youth Substance Abuse) and
Luke Nosta (Director, Camelot) made
presentations on the serious abuse problem
on Staten Island. Click here for details.
FROM THE DESK OF FATHER JOE …
Pastor Appointment; June 30, 2015
I would like to share this joyous letter I received from Cardinal Dolan:
Office of the Cardinal
1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022
June 30, 2015
Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Year of Consecrated Life
The Reverend Joseph Mc Lafferty, Administrator
Saint Christopher's Parish
130 Midland Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306
Dear Father Mc Lafferty:
It is with joy that I appoint you Pastor of the newly combined parish of Saint
Christopher - Saint Margaret Mary on Staten Island, effective noon on August 1, 2015.
The usual term of six years as specified in the Priest's Personnel Manual is in effect.
I renew my gratitude for your fifteen years of faithful, generous priestly service,
most recently as Administrator of Saint Christopher's Parish and as Temporary
Administrator of Saint Margaret Mary Parish on Staten Island.
Reverend Monsignors James Dorney and Peter Finn, the Co-Deans, will receive a
copy of this letter of appointment. I would ask you to be in touch with them to arrange
your canonical installation, including the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity, within
I am deeply grateful for all that you do, and particularly for all that you are: a
priest forever, blessed with gifts that enrich the souls of the People of God.
Assuring you of my prayerful best wishes as you begin this new work for the
Lord and His Church, I am,
Fraternally in Christ,
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Making All Things New Update; June 28th, 2015
I want to update you on a few things. I know many of you have been patiently waiting for the
opening of the Mass Book for 2016 to reserve Masses. I had hoped to open it in July, but I
need to wait on a directive from the Archdiocese concerning Mass scheduling that is being sent
out to parishes affected by the mergers. As a result, I am postponing the opening of the Mass
Book to September 30 - October 2 for reservations for Masses. I have been in discussion
with our Implementation/Transition Team about this topic, and will announce the new schedule
well before the September 30th date.
The Implementation/Transition Team is the group that is assisting with issues related to bringing
together St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary. The Team consists of the same members that
were on the Core Teams from the start of the “Making All Things New” process: Elena Brady,
Joseph Funk, Joseph Madory, Bill Owens, Barbara Regan, Peggy Rybarczyk, Carolyn
Volpicello and myself. Other members may be added as we move forward. This Team will
also reach out to parishioners to help with certain issues that need to be addressed, i.e. mass
schedule, religious education programs, use of buildings, parish records, office space,
maintenance of grounds, website and bulletin, etc. Thank you for your attention to these matters,
and I will keep you posted. We pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom and as we pray
from the “Making All Things New” prayer: “God our Father, help us learn new ways to
strengthen and revitalize our parish community and to be good stewards of the spiritual and
material gifts that sustain them. Bless our work, so that our parish may continue to witness to
the truth of the Gospel, and be a sign of Your love for all people.”
2015 - 2016 Registration
St. Margaret Mary and St. Christopher
A new era of Religious Education has begun. With the merger of St. Christopher and
St. Margaret Mary parishes one Religious Education Program has been formed. Classes will be
held at St. Margaret Mary. By joining forces there are more Catechists allowing for a
Wednesday Class option or a Sunday Class option. For more information and to register
please speak with Mrs. Regan at (718) 351-2119 or click here for Registration information and Forms.
We accept children who have already been baptized from Grade 1 to Grade 8.
1st Penance is made in level 2, 1st Communion in level 3 and Confirmation in level 8.
Our program is a continuing education program which builds on each previous year’s curriculum;
therefore, it is important that students remain in the program throughout.
For those who have reached the age of 7 and have not been baptized or have reached Grade 4
and have no religious education we have a separate program for them.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Are you being called to something more …
- Are you restless and want more out of life?
- Has your life’s journey had some ups and downs?
- Do you feel joy is missing in your life?
Come follow us on a journey of faith ...
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for:
- People who have never been Baptized and are considering the Catholic faith and teachings.
- People who have been Baptized in other Christian denominations but are interested in
- People who have been Baptized in the Catholic faith but have not received the other
Sacraments of Initiation, namely Confirmation and Communion.
- Catholics who would like to be part of the RCIA Team.
At St. Margaret Mary Church our RCIA process is a year round journey of faith taken at your
own pace. We are aware that life happens and everyone is an individual with their own agenda
and responsibilities to accomplish.
Our meetings are held in a friendly, stress free, relaxed, no pressure, comfortable atmosphere.
So bring your questions and concerns and the Team will be happy to guide you on a faith
journey with the Lord. [Source: Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, North Wildwood, NJ.]
Big journeys begin with small steps! Please contact Mrs. Barbara Regan at (718) 351-2119 or
click here to send us a note.
MAKING ALL THINGS NEW
Archdiocese Decree; May 8th, 2015
St. Margaret Mary Church will remain open. However, the Cardinal has decided to merge the
two parishes of St. Margaret Mary and St. Christopher, effective August 1, 2015.
St. Christopher Church will be the main parish church and the Churches will now be considered
one parish, to share priests, with one pastor. There will be one parish staff, one parish council,
one set of sacramental records, one financial account, one group of Trustees, and a developing
process of working more closely together in common apostolates, activities and organizations.
Daily and weekend Masses will continue to be said at St. Margaret Mary. All the sacraments
and funeral Masses will continue to be celebrated at St. Margaret Mary’s as well. When you
think about it, in reality, we have been doing a good portion of this already under the inspired
leadership of Father Joe.
Many of the details are yet to be worked out. Father Joe will be meeting with the Trustees,
parish councils and staff to insure both Churches concerns are addressed. We, the parishioners
of St. Margaret Mary thank Father Joe for all that he has done and have complete confidence in
his decision making. We will do everything possible to support Father Joe and make this a
smooth transition. We ask for your patience and prays as we proceed in this process.
St. Margaret Mary's Town Hall Meeting; May 18th, 2015
Father Joe addressed an audience of approximately 60 parishioners on Monday evening
(May 18th) at our Town Hall Meeting regarding Making All Things New.
Many topics and concerns were discussed, including:
- Parish identity.
- The need for an Implementation Team.
- The Appeal made by the Trustees and Finance
Committee with the backing of the Parish Council.
- Mass schedules.
- Religious Education.
- Communications; web sites and Bulletins.
- Parish organizations and groups.
Questions from the audience covered:
- Olympia Activity Center.
- Convent Sale/Rental.
- St. Christopher’s parishioner reaction.
- Father Joe’s status as Pastor/Administrator.
Click here for the Town Hall Meeting details.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Archdiocese of New York has issued a Making All Things New - Implementation of
Parish Mergers, Most Frequently Asked Questions document dated January, 2015.
To keep all parishioners current as we progress through the Program, we have provided this
7 page document for your viewing and/or printing - click here.
2015 Cardinal's Stewardship Appeal
Our Goal has been reached - with some help!
We thank our parishioners for your support of the 2015 Cardinal’s Stewardship Appeal.
As of June 12, 2015 our parish has received 44 pledges, totaling $12,670.00.
This includes $5,000.00 from the Korean Catholic Apostolate of Staten Island.
With the Korean Catholic Apostolate donation, we have officially met our goal of $11,000.
Without their donation, we have received 43 pledges totaling $7,670.00.
Last year 63 parishioners pledged $12,292, surpassing our $11,000 goal.
Please show your support for the Cardinal’s Stewardship Appeal by making your pledge today.
Your commitment will help us reach this year’s goal of $11,000.
Thank you very much for your continuing generosity and God bless you!
Please join us at a Scripture Study session. They are held on:
- Mondays at 7:00pm in the Dongan Hall Meeting Room, and
- The Tuesday immediately after he 9:00am Mass in the Rectory session is in recess for the summer.
These sessions read the scriptures for the coming week and a reflection of each reading.
There is then a round table discussion as to how the readings impact the individual.
If you are shy or don’t wish to share your experiences, that’s fine. No one is required
to do anything other than listen to and reflect on the readings.
Over the years we have had many people attend these sessions and all walk away with a
better feeling of themselves and others. As one participant has mentioned “this is food
for our mind and soul.”
We are not Biblical Scholars, we are a group of individuals who obtain a great deal
out of the teachings from the Bible. The sessions are very informal and we even provide
coffee and treats.
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WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Altar Society Mrs. Margaret Pisciottano (718) 351-2612
Saturday after the 9:00am Mass in the Church.
Join in keeping our Church and Sanctuary neat and clean.
All are encouraged to help.
Choir / Music Ministry Mrs. Patricia Beniquez (718) 954-0247
Sunday after the 10:00am Mass in the Choir Loft.
New members are welcomed.
Food Pantry Mr. Bob Puccio (718) 351-2612
Effective March 6th: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 8:00am –11:00am
Under the Rectory, enter via rear Parking Lot.
Golden Age Club Ms. Terry Brennan (718) 351-2612
Tuesday at 1:00pm in the Dongan Hall Meeting Room.
New members welcomed.
Island Shores Residents Mass
Legion of Mary Mrs. Barbara Regan (718) 351-2119
Pray the Rosary Monday through Saturday at 8:30am and
Sunday at 11:30am in the Church..
The weekly meeting Sunday 12:00pm in the Rectory - as of July 1, 2015 temporarily suspended.
New members welcomed.
Miraculous Medal Novena
Monday after the 9:00am Mass.
RCIA/Bible Study Mrs. Barbara Regan (718) 351-2119
Monday at 7:00pm in the Dongan Hall Classrooms.
Religious Education Mrs. Barbara Regan (718) 351-2119
Registration for 2014 - 2015 is now open.
Please bring your child’s Baptismal Certificate and a
$25 deposit when registering to cover the cost of the book.
- Monday at 7:00pm in the Dongan Hall Meeting Room. Please enter through the rear door,
via the rear parking lot - Jerry LePre
- Tuesday after the 9:00am Mass in the Rectory. In recess for the summer. - Sr. Barbara Helco
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TAKE A PHOTO TOUR
View our parish Picnic photos at our Facebook page.
Click here to take a photo tour of our Church the prior events.
Monday - Saturday 9:00am
8:00am, 10:00am, and 12:00noon
Saturday: 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Our Faith Formation
Committee meets every
second Tuesday of the
month at 7:00pm in the
Dongan Hall Meeting
Room (under he
Church). All are welcome
and encouraged to attend.
For more information,
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 2:30pm
1st and 2nd Sundays, by appointment only. Interviews of
parents seeking baptism for their children are arranged by
calling the Rectory during business hours.
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Marriage must be
made six months in advance. Please contact the Rectory
for further information.
|Father Erno Diaz
Read the Words and farewell to Fr. Diaz.
|OFFICE OF THE VICAR GENERAL
Anyone who needs to report an alleged
incident of sexual abuse of a minor by a
priest, deacon, religious or lay person
serving in the Archdiocese of New York is
asked to contact Sr. Eileen Clifford, O.P.
at (212) 371-1000 x2949 or
Deacon George J. Coppola at
Both may also be reached via e-mail at
Information can also be found on the
Archdiocesan web site, www.archny.org.
In keeping with the Archdiocesan policy
regarding sexual abuse of minors, this
information is provided to ensure that our
children remain safe and secure.
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