Participant Registration begins May 15th.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Census 2016. We continue the “In Pew” phase of our Census.
Census forms are available at the doors of the church. In addition, the young people of our parish will distribute census forms after communion. You may take the form home to complete or complete it in the Church today.
Fill out a Parish Census form and return it during collection. Thank you.
Did you know that 55+ is the “Golden Age?” This group meets on Tuesday Afternoons in the Marian Center—Activities Include: Arts & Crafts, Bingo, Cards, Trips & More! Have Ideas? Have Energy? Come & See? Immaculate Heart of Mary Cancer Guild Can you sew a simple straight stitch? In addition to sponsoring great trips to Atlantic City, this group meets each Monday to sew soft pads for cancer patients at St. Rose Home. These pads ease the pain and discomfort of rough bed sheets. Imagine the relief these simple pads bring to individuals who are in bed for more hours than you can imagine. Working as a team, the group cuts fabric and padding to create these soft pads. And just imagine, you get to share good company for an hour or two. The group is always in need of soft cotton, flannel, and quilts. Donations can be left at Rectory.
It was one year ago, May 14, 2015, that it was officially announced that I would be pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary. I look back and say where did the time go—the year has just flown by. It was Ascension Thursday and today, one year later it is Pentecost weekend. I consider this a blessing from God that these feasts mark this anniversary of the announcement. As you can imagine, one year ago there was excitement, anxiousness, and maybe even a little touch of fear of the unknown. As I am sure you might also have shared some of these feelings at that time. Sounds familiar to today’s gospel—the disciples, too, had some unknowns ahead of them. But here we are one year later and having trusted in God, I know I feel very much at home. It is my hope that you have found in me a humble shepherd—one who walks with you, prays with you; one who you know you can call upon to share your joys and sorrows.
I want to again thank all who participated in our annual Spring Extravaganza. Your presence made it a success. There is not enough words to thank the committee who not only worked for weeks preparing and organizing gifts—but they never stopped the entire night. Your energy was endless—thank you. The Spring Extravaganza proceeds to the parish amounted to $20,168.71. The winner of the Super 50/50 was Connie Stornaiuolo and the prize $2,275.
Finally, the Generations of Faith Campaign is officially launched at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our campaign coordinator is Meaghan Leonard. She has been very supportive and encouraging in these initial weeks of organizing the campaign. Meaghan is amazed at the generosity of those already invited to participate. Within the next few weeks all will receive a letter explaining in greater detail the Generations of Faith Campaign. On p. 5 of this bulletin you will find more detail about the diocesan component and how our parish will benefit directly. May the Spirit continue to lead us as a parish.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Gives Back! Immaculate Heart of Mary should share in the profits. For each car, truck or van, running or not the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will give back to our church $50/ $100 per vehicle. Maybe you don’t have a vehicle, but a family member, friend or neighbor has an old or neglected vehicle in their driveway that they would like to dispose of.Call the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at: 718.491.2525. Thank You!
Are You Aware? It has been our experience at times that some people may feel they are not able to receive Communion due to divorce or other personal issues. Often times, there may be a misunderstanding regarding Church Teaching in these matters. You are encouraged to see Fr. Gill, S. Mary Ann, Deacons Jim, or John for clarity so that you do not miss the opportunity to celebrate the healing presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in turn come to the Table of the Lord.
“When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.” ( Mt. 25) Our pantry is in need of non-perishable items such as: cereals, peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, fruits, and soups, tuna fish, crackers, non-refrigerated milk (ex. Parmalat), etc. Our Parish pledged to #WalkwithFrancis—donating to the Food Pantry is a good way to walk.