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Saint Margaret Mary, RC Church
560 Lincoln Avenue
Staten Island, New York   10306
(718) 351-2612    Fax: (718) 987-0446
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have a First Communion, Confirmation
or Wedding?
Also, if your asked to be a sponsor,
you need a letter from your
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You can Register at the Rectory or by
completing and submitting the online
Registration Form.
Last Updated: May 19, 2015 10:12pm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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.  
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MAKING ALL THINGS NEW
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.
  -  Office/Administration.
  -  Communications; web sites and Bulletins.
  -  Parish organizations and groups.

Questions from the audience covered:
 -   Olympia Activity Center.
  -  Collections.
  -  Convent Sale/Rental.
  -  St. Christopher’s parishioner reaction.
  -  Father Joe’s status as Pastor/Administrator.

Details will be published shortly.

FROM THE MAY 17, 2015 CHURCH BULLETIN
As you heard last week, Cardinal Dolan has made his decision regarding Making All Things New.

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.

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.


VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY MASS AND PROCESSION
The annual Veterans Memorial Day Mass will be held on Sunday, May 24th
at the 12:00pm Mass, followed by a procession to the monument at
Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Midland Ave.  

Everyone is welcome to return to the Olympia Activity Center for coffee and cake.

The second collection at the May 24th 12:00pm Mass is for the upkeep of the monument.


PARISH PICNIC/BARBEQUE
On Sunday, June 7th at 1:00pm your Faith Formation Committee
will be hosting the annual Parish Picnic/Barbeque on the lawn of
Presentation Hall.  Not only will there be food and drink, there will
be games for the kids and those ‘young in heart”.  In case of rain,
the festivities will be held in the Olympia Activity Center.

All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Its events like this that unites our Church.  Show your
support.
Admission is free.


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 May 15, 2015 our parish has received 39 pledges, totaling $12, 095.00.  
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 38 pledges totaling $7,095.00.  
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!


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The 2014-2015 Religious Education Schedules for Levels 1-4 and 5-8 are available
on the
Religious Education Page.

Our Religious Education program is currently taking Registrations and re-Registrations for the
2015-2016 semester.  We accept children who have already been baptized from Grade 1 to
Grade 8.  First Penance is made in level 2; First 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.

Please see Mrs. Regan at the Rectory or call her at (718) 351-2119 for more information or a Form.


SCRIPTURE STUDY
Please join us at a Scripture Study session.  They are held on:
-  Mondays at 7:00pm in the Dongan Hall Meeting Room, and
-  Tuesday immediately after he 9:00am Mass in the Rectory

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
Monday 10:30am
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..         
Weekly meeting Sunday 12:00pm in the Rectory.
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.  
Classes for Levels 1 - 4 will take place Sunday Mornings, 8:30am-10:00am and
Levels 5-8 will take place Wednesday afternoons 4:00pm-5:30pm.
Please bring your child’s Baptismal Certificate and a
$25 deposit when registering to cover the cost of the book.
Scripture Study  Sr. Barbara Helco (Tuesdays, am) and
Mr. Jerry LePre (Mondays, pm)
(718) 351-2612         
Monday at 7:00pm in the Meeting Room.-
Tuesday after the 9:00am Mass in the Rectory
 

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MASS SCHEDULE
Daily:
Monday - Saturday   9:00am
Saturday:
5:00 pm
Sunday:
8:00am, 10:00am, and 12:00noon.
Faith Formation
Committee
Our Faith Formation
Committee meets
every
second Tuesday of the
month at 7:00pm
in the
Dongan Hall Meeting
Room (under he
Church).

For more information,
click here.
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday:  9:30am - 2:30pm

BAPTISMS
1st and 2nd Sundays, by appointment only.  Interviews of
parents seeking baptism for their children are arranged by
calling the Rectory during business hours.

MARRIAGES
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Marriage must be
made six months in advance. Please contact the Rectory
for further information.
Reverend Joseph M. McLafferty
Temporary Administrator
Meet Father Joe
Father Erno Diaz
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farewell to Fr. Diaz.
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CONFESSION SCHEDULE
Saturday:  4:00pm to 4:30pm  
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