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Saint Margaret Mary, RC Church
560 Lincoln Avenue
Staten Island, New York   10306
(718) 351-2612    Fax: (718) 987-0446
All Parishioners, especially our
New Parishioners:
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
or Wedding?
Also, if your asked to be a sponsor,
you need a letter from your
registered parish.
You can Register at the Rectory or by
completing and submitting the online
Registration Form.
Last Updated: April 21, 2015 4:36pm
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.  
Click here for details.
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SPRING CLEAN-UP  -  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Like any household, our St. Margaret Mary’s home needs a Spring Sprucing Up.  
On
Saturday, May 2nd  from 10:00am to 4:00pm we will be holding a
“Spring Clean-Up”.  

There is a large assortment of things to do both inside and outside the church,
like: polishing the floors, polishing the pews, dusting, a little paint touch up, grounds weeding
and planting, ...

It can actually be a fun day for the whole family.  There’s a
Spring Clean-Up Sign Up Sheet
in the rear of the Church, attached to the side of the Confessional, or
you can sign up by
clicking here.

With your help, we can make our Church sparkle!
  
SPRING CONCERT
On Sunday, May 3rd at 2:30pm in our Church our Music Ministry will be hosting a
Spring Concert.  There will be Staten Island Choral Groups and solo artists.  

As in all prior concerts, there is no admission charge.   
If you’ve attended one of their prior concerts, you know you’re in for a very enjoyable and
entertaining afternoon.  Clear your calendar and come on by.

Please note this is a change in time from earlier announcements.
 
ANNUAL POT LUCK DINNER DANCE
                                                 Don’t miss our annual Pot Luck Dinner Dance on
                                                      
Saturday, May 9th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
                                                         in the Olympia Activity Center (OAC).  
                                               Come and join your fellow parishioners and neighbors
                                                      for a evening of shared food, fun and dancing.

It’s a Cover Dish Event – there is no admission, but we do ask that you come with food for
yourself and a tasting for others.

We’ll be providing a DJ, you provide the fun and laughs.  It’s a great time for the entire family.  
This year's theme is Cinco de Mayo.  

RSVP is required.  Please see flyers in the rear of the Church or click here.

BAKE SALE
On Saturday, May 9th after the 5:00pm Mass and Sunday, May 10th after all the Masses
the Faith Formation Committee will be holding its annual Spring Bake Sale.

The Faith Formation Bake Sales are the major fund raising events
which allow them to host free:
  Fellowship Gatherings           Parish Picnic/Barbeques
  Lenten Retreats                     Night at the Movies
  Spring Clean-Up                   Advent Retreats        
  Pot Luck Dinner Dances        Christmas Tree Lighting
  Pancake Breakfast                Scripture Study

Bring home some delicious baked goods while supporting all these wonderful events.
Your continuing support is needed and greatly appreciated.

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 April 17, 2015 our parish has received
35 pledges, totaling $11,320.00.  
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
34 pledges totaling $6,320.00.  
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!

MAKING ALL THINGS NEW
SPECIAL UPDATE
Click here to read Father Joe's April 4th, 2015 update.

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.


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

Dates to Remember
-  Thursday, April 30th at 4:00pm:  Level 3 students practice for their First Communion.
-  Thursday, May 7th at 4:00pm:  Level 3 students practice for their First Communion.
-  Thursday, May 14th at 4:00pm:  Level 3 students practice for their First Communion.
-  Saturday, May 16th at 11:00am:  Level 3 students will receive
their First Communion.
-  Sunday, May 17th at 10:00am - the Crowing of Mary
Please keep these children in your prayers.


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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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.
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
Read the Words and
farewell to Fr. Diaz.
click here.
CONFESSION SCHEDULE
Saturday:  4:00pm to 4:30pm  
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